Sean co-founded Dovel & Luner in 1998. Sean has successfully litigated numerous patent and other high-tech matters.
Sean is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he obtained a (J.D., Order of the Coif, 1993 ) and an (M.B.A., Beta Gamma Sigma, 1993). Sean is also a member of the Patent Bar and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to partnering with Greg Dovel, Sean worked at Kaye Scholer, specializing in litigation and intellectual property matters.
In addition to his litigation practice, Sean is the founder and manager of Visual Victory, a trial-consulting firm that conducts mock trials, prepares cross-examination strategies, and creates multimedia presentations for trial and mediation using state-of-the-art technology. Visual Victory’s clients include many of the country’s most prominent law firms, including O’Melveny & Myers, Irell & Manella, Paul Hastings, Howard Rice (now merged with Arnold & Porter), Greenberg Traurig, Winston & Strawn, and Greene, Broillet & Wheeler.
Sean was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law Center for twelve years where he taught Persuasion.
- Represented Network-1 Technologies, Inc. in Inter Partes Review proceedings brought by Hewlett Packard, Dell, Sony, and Avaya challenging the validity of key claims of Network-1’s Remote Power Patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,218,930). Sean successfully negotiated over $120,000,000 in licensing revenue from the Remote Power Patent. In May 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board found in favor of Network-1 on all grounds.
- Represented Network-1 Technologies, Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against several manufacturers of networking equipment employing Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., et al. 6:08cv030. The case settled with the defendants after the fourth day of trial in July 2010. The settlement required initial payments totaling approximately $32 million and ongoing royalty payments that will bring the total to over $100 million.
- Currently representing Network-1 Technologies, Inc. in enforcing its PoE patent against other manufactures of networking equipment in the Eastern District of Texas, an Inter Partes Review proceeding at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and a reexamination proceeding in the United States Patent Office.
- Represented Klausner Technologies, Inc. in enforcing its “Visual Voicemail” patent portfolio. The patented technology allows users to selectively retrieve and listen to voicemail messages in any order. After obtaining a favorable claim construction Markman order, Sean has successfully negotiated over forty-five license agreements.
- Represented Space Systems Loral in a patent litigation against Lockheed Martin Corporation for infringing a patent for an improved method of maintaining the orientation of a satellite in space.
- Represented RSA Data Security, Inc., in a patent infringement action concerning software encryption technology that is the industry standard. Sean’s client held the rights to a group of patents developed by researchers at MIT, while the opposing party owned patents in the same field developed by programmers at Stanford University. The parties each claimed prior invention and counter-sued each other in a widely publicized dispute. The case was successfully settled.
- Represented Panavision Int’l L.P. in one of the earliest “cyber-squatter” cases. Panavision brought a trademark infringement action against a company that had registered web domains with names implying a connection to Panavision. At the outset, Sean assisted in defeating the defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, successfully arguing that the defendant’s Internet contacts with California were sufficient to satisfy due process requirements. The court’s decision established one of the earliest precedents in the United States on the issue.
- Represented ASR Data Acquisition & Analysis, LLC, a forensic data recovery company, in an action to enforce its intellectual property rights relating to its software application against a former licensee. The case went to arbitration where Dovel & Luner’s client was awarded substantial damages, plus attorneys’ fees, and the defendant was enjoined from further sale of its competing product.
- Represented musician Bret Michaels in an action brought against a website company that had advertised and prepared to display online a private home video created by Michaels and his then girlfriend Pamela Anderson. Sean negotiated a settlement resulting in a stipulated judgment of $4 million and a permanent injunction preventing display of the video. The defendant company went out of business, but Sean was successful in piercing the corporate veil on an alter ego theory and reaching the assets of its investors.
- University of Southern California, (J.D., Order of the Coif, 1993)
- University of Southern California, (M.B.A., Beta Gamma Sigma, 1993)
- University of California, Los Angeles, Mechanical Engineering (B.S., 1988)