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Steve Schlather


Tel: (713) 364-2371
Fax: (832) 415-2535
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Steve Schlather is a patent lawyer and litigator. His clients range from small, start-up companies and individual inventors to large, multinational corporations. For more than 10 years, Steve has represented both plaintiffs and defendants under a variety of fee arrangements, including on an hourly, fixed-fee and contingent fee basis.

Recently, the majority of his cases are contingent-fee cases. Steve has a successful nationwide practice, including substantial experience in the federal courts in the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware and the Northern District of California. Steve represents clients in a wide range of intellectual property cases involving a diversity of technologies, including:

  • Microprocessors and integrated circuits,
  • Internet-based software & systems, both client-side and server-side,
  • Oilfield equipment and chemicals;
  • EDI software and systems;
  • Medical implants, including cardiac stents;
  • Embedded systems;
  • Building materials;
  • Wireless routers;
  • RFID technology;
  • Cable modems;
  • Microsoft Windows operating systems, and
  • Global-positioning systems.

Prior to joining Collins, Edmonds & Pogorzelski, Steve was a patent litigator at Susman Godfrey LLP in Houston.

For the past three years (2008-2010), Steve has been chosen as one of Houston's Top Lawyers by H Texas Magazine in the area of intellectual property law.

Representative Cases

  • Within six months of filing a patent infringement lawsuit related to RFID technology, Steve obtained a seven-figure settlement for his client.
  • In a case relating to GPS technology, Steve was part of a team that obtained a favorable settlement on the second day of trial. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
  • Steve was a key member of a team that obtained a jury verdict of infringement and validity and secured a permanent injunction against the defendants. The case later settled and the terms are confidential. Steve continues to represent the client in additional litigation on the same patent.
  • Days before trial, Steve helped to favorably settle a computer software-related patent infringement and trade secret case against a major US software developer. The defendant agreed to license his clients patents and technology. The terms remain confidential.


  • J.D. - South Texas College of Law, 1998
  • B.S. - Chemistry, Southwestern University (Georgetown, Tx), 1992

Memberships and Recognitions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Society
  • Houston's Best Lawyers - H Texas Magazine, 2008-2010
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Admitted to practice before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and all Federal District Courts in the State of Texas (including the Eastern District of Texas)