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Edward G. Poplawski

Edward G. Poplawski

Sidley Austin LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA


EDWARD G. POPLAWSKI is a partner in the Los Angeles office, Head of the Firm’s West Coast Intellectual Property and Technology Practice and Global Co-Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. Mr. Poplawski is also a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Since he began practicing law, Mr. Poplawski has devoted his practice to intellectual property litigation and predominantly to patent litigation, including jury trials and proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC). He has also litigated and tried cases relating to trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and antitrust violations.

Both national and international surveys of companies and lawyers have consistently identified him as one of the top intellectual property lawyers in California and the United States. He was a recipient of the prestigious California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award in 2009 for his work in IP litigation, notably his work as lead trial counsel for Cornell University in winning a $184.1 million jury award against Hewlett-Packard Company and for Etex Corporation in obtaining an $81 million damages award plus attorneys’ fees against Medtronic, Inc. He is recognized in Chambers USA, U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” Legal 500 US, and other publications as a leading trial lawyer and “a superstar” that, “according to clients, demonstrates ‘an intelligence and commitment that earns him the trust of the court and jury’” and “is brilliant in the courtroom, and he conducts himself with integrity at all times,” and “produces phenomenal results.” Clients also indicate that “he is a superb advocate, both in the courtroom and in negotiations,” and “he is able to assemble a highly talented team that promptly responds to the constant barrage of motions and demands from adversaries.”

As lead counsel for large and small companies and non-profit institutions, Mr. Poplawski has successfully litigated patents across a wide technological spectrum. The technologies with which he has dealt include: data transmission systems, mobile phone systems, computer processor architecture, liquid crystal optical devices, plasma display systems, genomics, synthetic proteins and other biotechnology products, drugs, semiconductor fabrication, computer misuse detection systems, wireless communication devices, radar systems, nuclear waste disposal systems, optical storage devices and switches, radio-isotope elution systems, robotics, electric vehicles, pollution control systems, sophisticated cameras, chemical compositions, assay kits, computer software, ordnance, food processes, defibrillators, fluorescence spectroscopy, medical and dental products, thermoelectric generators, thermal control systems, artificial liver devices, glucose monitors, fiber optics and a variety of electronics hardware and consumer electronics.

He has been involved in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association and in special patent litigation proceedings under the United States Atomic Energy Act. His trademark litigation experience includes successfully obtaining and defending against well over 100 preliminary injunction motions and representing trademark owners, registries and Internet service providers in high profile Internet-related litigation. He has also counseled clients on the interplay between intellectual property matters and the business aspects of transactions, and has provided savvy entrepreneurial intellectual property advice to start-up and emerging growth companies. He has advised the White House and members of the United States Congress and addressed foreign judges and government officials abroad on Internet related intellectual property issues.

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