Steve Comer is an intellectual property litigator. While his most recent cases have been patent disputes for life sciences clients, he has also successfully represented clients involved in trade secret and trademark cases.
Mr. Comer's recent patent cases include the representation of Applied Biosystems (which has now merged with Invitrogen to form Life Technologies), which went to trial in the Northern District of California in 2009. In addition to his handling of the motion phase, he handled witness examinations and cross examinations during the trial. The jury delivered a verdict of noninfringement for the client, protecting AB's ability to sell its DNA sequencing systems and probes.
In another recent case, Mr. Comer was part of the team that represented General Atomics and Carolina Liquid Chemistries in a declaratory judgment action against Axis-Shield ASA. Axis-Shield had accused GAs's enzymatic homocysteine assay of infringement. Mr. Comer argued the claim construction and two summary judgment motions. After winning two summary judgment rulings that GA's assay does not infringe, he also successfully handled the appeal, in which the Federal Circuit upheld all of the rulings in favor of GA.