Pete Chassman is a partner and the head of the Intellectual Property department in Winston & Strawn’s Houston office. His practice focuses on high tech intellectual property litigation and counseling, primarily serving as lead counsel in patent litigation in numerous United States federal courts and before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). An experienced trial lawyer, he handles all aspects of patent litigation from pre-filing through trial, appellate briefing, and briefing before the United States Supreme Court. He also litigates patent license agreements and supervises patent portfolio analysis. Mr. Chassman often utilizes his electrical engineering and computer background to represent high tech clients effectively, and he has been widely recognized by legal publications and rankings, including Chambers USA and the IAM Patent 250 and 1000, for his abilities.
In Mr. Chassman’s career of over 20 years, he has been lead counsel in many patent cases, giving him extensive experience in the direct and cross-examination of witnesses, claim construction (Markman) hearings, and briefing and oral argument. He has extensive experience litigating in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, one of the busiest venues for patent litigation in the United States, among others. Mr. Chassman frequently leads joint defense groups in multi-defendant cases. He also is skilled in resolving cases successfully through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration to achieve his clients' goals.
Mr. Chassman’s strong background in electrical engineering with an additional concentration in computer engineering has enabled him to work with and master the technologies at issue in his cases, including integrated circuits, computers, liquid crystal displays, data storage and retrieval, cellular and other telecommunications, software, Internet technology, and other electrical technology. He has handled cases in a range of other technologies, including semiconductor processing, medical devices, oilfield technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and mechanical devices, among others. In recent years, Mr. Chassman has represented high tech companies such as Dell, Research In Motion, HTC Corporation, Motorola Mobility, and AOL in patent litigation.
- Apple Inc. et al. v. Motorola Mobility, Inc. Counsel for Motorola Mobility in multi-count litigation concerning contract and patent issues in a litigation in the Southern District of California.
- Advanced Display Technologies of Texas, LLC v. Dell Inc. et al. Counsel for Dell in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas concerning two patents directed to liquid crystal display technology.
- Saxon Innovations LLP v. Nokia Corp., et al. Lead counsel for Research In Motion in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas involving four patents in the electronics and communications fields.
- In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Handheld Wireless Communications Devices. Lead counsel for Research In Motion in an investigation by the International Trade Commission concerning patents on microprocessor architecture.
- Antor Media Corp. v. Trusonic Inc., et al. Lead counsel for multiple defendants, including AOL and Time Warner, in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas involving telecommunications, data access, and processing technology.
- DataQuill Ltd. v. High Tech Computer Corp. Counsel for High Tech Computer Corporation (“HTC”) in patent litigation in the Southern District of California involving two patents on handheld data entry devices.
- Minerva Industries Inc. v. Research In Motion Corp., et al. Lead counsel for Research In Motion in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas involving patents on cellular telephones.
- Research In Motion Ltd., et al. v. DataQuill BVI, Ltd. Lead counsel for Research In Motion in patent litigation in the Northern District of Texas involving two patents on data entry devices.
- Antor Media v. Nokia, Inc., et al. Lead counsel for Research In Motion in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas involving telecommunications, data access, and processing technology.
- Aloft Media LLC v. Nokia Inc., et al., Aloft Media LLC v. Palm Inc., et al., and Stragent LLC v. Nokia Inc. et al. Lead counsel for Research In Motion in three patent litigation cases in the Eastern District of Texas brought by commonly owned entities involving patents in the electronics, computer, and communications fields.
- In re Certain Baseband Processor Chips and Chipsets, Transmitter and Receiver (Radio) Chips, Power Control Chips, and Products Containing Same, Including Cellular Telephones. Counsel for QUALCOMM Inc. in an investigation by the International Trade Commission concerning five patents in telecommunications and electronic circuitry technology.
- QUALCOMM, Inc. v. Broadcom Corp. and Broadcom Corp. v. QUALCOMM, Inc. Lead patent counsel for QUALCOMM Inc. in patent litigations in the Southern District of California involving cellular, Bluetooth, and other wireless telecommunication technologies.
- In re Certain Data Storage Systems and Components Thereof. Lead patent counsel for EMC Corporation in an investigation by the International Trade Commission concerning six EMC patents and data storage systems manufactured and imported by Hitachi, Ltd.
- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Texas Instruments Co.; Texas Instruments Co. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al.; In re Certain Random Access Memories, Processes for the Manufacture of Same, and Products Containing Same; In re Certain Electronic Products, Including Semiconductor Products Manufactured by Certain Processes. Counsel for Samsung before U.S. District Courts and in the ITC for approximately 60 patents directed to electronic, manufacturing, and semiconductor processing technology.
- Williams Wireless Technologies, Inc., et al. v. Research In Motion Corp., et al. Lead counsel for Research In Motion in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas involving electronic circuit technology.
Mr. Chassman received a B.E.E. (Electrical Engineering), with highest honors, from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 1989, where he also received a certificate in Computer Engineering. He received his J.D., with distinction (top 15%) in 1993 from Emory University School of Law.
Honors & Awards
Mr. Chassman has been nationally recognized and ranked by his peers for his work in intellectual property. Specifically, he was named a Texas Litigation Star in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. Chambers USA 2014 listed him for his work in Texas: Intellectual Property and was described by clients as a “very effective lawyer.” Managing Intellectual Property named Mr. Chassman an “IP Star” in 2013 and 2014, he was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 and 2015 edition, and International Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 recognized him in 2012-2014 for his excellence in patent litigation. IAM called Mr. Chassman a “tenacious litigator with a relentless work ethic and an intellect and commercial savvy that you can rely on.” IAM also ranked Mr. Chassman in its 2011 edition of IAM Patent Litigation 250 - The World's Leading Patent Litigators for Texas.
Mr. Chassman has served for several years on the planning committee for the Eastern District of Texas Bench and Bar Conference and is a Barrister and group leader in the Houston Intellectual Property Inn of Court.
In addition, Mr. Chassman assists in the management of Winston’s Houston office and serves on Winston’s firm wide Patent Litigation Steering Committee, Finance Committee, and Associate Evaluation Committee.
“Expense & Delay Reduction, Past, Present & Future. Using Economics to Encourage Efficiency (Panel Discussion).” 14th Annual Eastern District (of Texas) Bench/Bar Conference, (Oct. 21, 2010).
“The Toll to Pay the Troll: What to do when you have been sued by a patent troll.” ACC IP Practice Group, Houston, TX (May 25, 2010).
“’Early Bird’ Panel on E.D. Tex. Local Patent Rules.” 10th Annual Eastern District (of Texas) Bench/Bar Conference, (Oct. 13, 2006).
“AIA Hasn't Really Changed Pretrial Landscape.” Law360 (Aug. 19, 2014).
“Rivals May Become Allies in Patent Litigation.” The National Law Journal (Dec. 1, 2008).
“Consider the Source: Using and Protecting Source Code in Patent Litigation.” Texas Lawyer Vol. 20, No. 49 (Feb. 7, 2005).
“Courts Rarely Grant Preliminary Injunctions in Patent Cases—Key Reason is Complexity of Claim Construction.” The National Law Journal (May 12, 2003). Co-author.
“Special Masters and Patent Claims.” The Executive Lawyer Vol. 2, No. 11 (Oct. 29, 2001).
“When ‘Markman’ Hearings Need Special Masters.” The National Law Journal Vol. 24, No. 9 (Oct. 22, 2001).
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
- Emory University, JD, 1993
- Georgia Institute of Technology, BEE, 1989