Steve Auvil leads the Squire Sanders Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group’s litigation practice in the US, and his practice is focused on litigation of intellectual property (IP) disputes. As an engineer and patent lawyer, he has been exposed to a wide variety of technologies including power electronics, communication systems, complex mechanical systems and software. Steve has been listed in Chambers USA Leading Lawyers since 2007, The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and Ohio Super Lawyers since 2005.
In nearly 20 years of practicing law, Steve has served as lead trial counsel and successfully represented clients in numerous patent, trade secret, copyright and trademark/trade dress cases in federal district courts throughout the US. He has also argued several patent-related appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, he has handled a significant number of disputes before US administrative agencies, including 337 actions before the US International Trade Commission and proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. Finally, Steve has represented clients in IP-related disputes before arbitration tribunals.
While Steve’s practice focus is in litigation, he has considerable non-litigation experience, including counseling clients on IP matters, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, and negotiating agreements that involve IP.
Steve is an active member in a number of professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) and Federal Circuit Bar Association. He served as president of CIPLA during 2009-2010 and has held leadership positions in AIPLA since 2009.
Steve is a frequent speaker on IP law topics, and has spoken to IP organizations in Boston, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit and Silicon Valley on matters ranging from patent reform to reducing the cost of patent litigation.
Steve is a former member of the William K. Thomas Inn of Court, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Visiting Committee and the Board of Trustees of Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland. For several years he taught patent law and practice as an adjunct faculty member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.
Matt’s background makes him uniquely qualified as Patent Counsel. He graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center magna cum laude with the Order of the Coif, winning the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property. He has been an attorney at Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells LLP); Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner, LLP; and most recently at the boutique firm Cloudigy Law, PLLC. Matt has first-hand experience in patent litigation, representing companies such as FedEx and Philips Electronics in U.S. District Courts. A number of those cases involved defending clients against patent trolls. He has also filed and prosecuted patents before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Before law school, Matt was a software engineer at IBM in Lexington, KY, as part of the team that developed and maintained Lotus Sametime, IBM’s real-time messaging and conferencing product. He is co-inventor on U.S. Patent Application 10/745,091, which was recently allowed by the PTO. He received a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky, where he won the Presidential Fellowship twice, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. His research at UK was in computational complexity theory and artificial intelligence. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern Maine, graduating summa cum laude.
Matt still works as a software developer in his spare time. He developed an app for the iPad, Federal Local Rules, that is available on the App Store.
Matt has also been a professional blues guitarist, and he still plays in local blues jams most weeks.
Van Lindberg is Vice President of Intellectual Property at Rackspace. He is trained as a computer engineer and lawyer, but what he does best is “translate” to help businesses, techies and attorneys understand each other. Van likes working with both computer code and legal code. For the past several years, he has been using natural language processing and graph theory to help him digest and map the U.S. Patent Database. Before becoming a lawyer, Van was a research and development engineer at NTT/Verio, where he built automation tools and distributed systems using mostly Python. He was also an IT administrator for the Harold B. Lee College of Education at his alma mater, Brigham Young University. Van has been involved with open source since 1994, when a friend introduced him to Linux. In April 2012, the American Bar Association Journal named Van one of “America’s Top 12 Techiest Attorneys.” He is currently chairman of the board of the Python Software Foundation, as well as the author of “Intellectual Property and Open Source.”
Russ Merbeth is Chief Policy Counsel for Intellectual Ventures.
Jon Potter is responsible for The Alliance’s organizational development, program planning and executing its strategic agenda. He brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in building and managing coalitions; policy advocacy, political consulting, strategic planning and legal issues.
Potter founded the Applications Developers Alliance after 12 years as the executive director of the Digital Media Association, which represented pioneering digital media companies such as Apple, Pandora and Amazon.com, from 1998 to 2009.
Prior to his career in industry associations, Potter was a senior vice president at the government relations consulting and investment advisory firm Columbus Newport LLC. Before that, he was an associate attorney at D.C. law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he specialized in policy and government relations work on issues such as digital copyright. Potter launched his advocacy career while a law student at New York University, managing political and non-profit fundraising from his dorm room.
Potter holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester and a juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law.
Danny Seigle is the Director of Business Operations at FindTheBest. Danny joined the company in May 2011 after working as an associate consultant at Bain & Co. in San Francisco.
Danny grew up in Chicago, IL. and moved to Santa Barbara to attend boarding school before attending college at UC Berkeley where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and minor in Industrial Engineering Operations Resources.
When not at the office, Danny can be found running marathons, cycling, and skiing.