Steve Comer is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on assisting global companies with litigation in Japan and representing Japanese companies in litigation in the United States. He assists pharmaceutical, software, and electronics companies with disputes in the Tokyo District Court, the IP High Court and the Japan Patent Office, and district courts and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States.
Mr. Comer’s recent cases include winning a jury trial for the world’s largest maker of DNA sequencing systems and winning a case in the trial court and on appeal for a maker of advanced homocysteine assays.
Mr. Comer has also represented a number of insurance companies in coverage disputes.
Mr. Comer is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Intellectual Property. Clients describe Mr. Comer as “smart and skillful” in The Legal 500 US 2009 rankings. In 2008, The Legal 500 US also named him one of the “leading lawyers in patent litigation” who “can change a judge’s mind on scientifically complex issues in minutes.” He is also listed in the 2013 edition of Japan’s Best Lawyers for Intellectual Property.
Mr. Comer received his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1991, where he was managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. In 1989, Mr. Comer served as an extern to the Honorable J. Spencer Letts, United States District Judge for the Central District of California. Mr. Comer was admitted to practice in California in 1991. He is an instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is also a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi in Japan and a member of Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
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