Vincent Pollmeier has been involved in the most cutting-edge of high tech and has represented clients at big firms and small boutiques. He has practiced at IP specialists, Knobbe Martens and Karish & Bjorgum, PC, but spent fourteen years at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where he held the title “Chief Technology Counsel.”
He brings to the practice of law a unique combination of technical and legal acumen. Prior to practicing law, Vincent spent more than a decade involved in the development and operation of complex systems, culminating in service as a Principal System Engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Before his work with NASA, Vincent was a researcher at the University of Texas Center for Space Research involved in the testing and early utilization of the prototype GPS satellites. Vincent has substantial experience in the analysis of system failures and faults involving complex hardware and software systems and has a broad experience base in computer hardware, software, communications, advanced materials and propulsion.
As an attorney Vincent has extensive litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants regarding numerous technologies, including aerospace, electronics, communications, and computer technologies in a wide range of contexts focusing on patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation, but also including breach of contract, insurance claims, white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and patent evaluations. Vincent has represented multiple clients relating to lawsuits or investigations arising from engineering failures or accidents. His clients have included TRW, XM Satellite Radio, Northrop Grumman, ViaSat, SSL, Lockheed Martin, and Caltech, among others.
Vincent’s background and experience allows him to relate complex technologies to lay judges and juries in a wide variety of cases and maximize the value of retained experts and technical witnesses. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and is a co-author of the reference “Trade Secrets: Law & Practice, published by Matthew Bender & Co. (LexisNexis). Vincent has, for many years, taught a one-day short course on intellectual property for regulatory science graduate students in the University of Southern California, College of Pharmacy.
Led the technical legal team in a patent infringement and breach of contract action regarding the design and development of a satellite system which resulted in a $283 million jury verdict for the client.
Won a reversal of a jury verdict of trade secret misappropriation related to reverse engineering of automotive engine control software.
Won an award of nearly $200,000 in attorney fees and costs for an individual defendant baselessly accused of trade secret theft.
In two separate and independent investigations, convinced the U.S. Dept. of Justice to drop investigations, without taking any action, against a major defense and aerospace contractor regarding widely publicized technical failures in both spacecraft and aircraft systems.
For a commercial satellite broadcaster, successfully argued to an arbitration panel that satellites, still currently in daily use by the client, were, in fact, total losses under the insurance policy based on projected future decline in power from their solar panels and therefore subject to immediate insurance payout.
Won a patent infringement judgment including damages and injunctive relief on behalf of a Japanese manufacturer of automated commercial computer numerically controlled embroidery machines, which precluded a Chinese competitor from importing their infringing line of commercial embroidery machines.
Represented an international manufacturer in the successful defense of two separate patent infringement actions, one brought in the Eastern District of Texas and one brought in the Western District of New York involving printer and printer interface technology.
Represented a major defense contractor in a trade secret case related to a proprietary rocket engine technology and defended against a related antitrust lawsuit in which the plaintiff alleged that the manufacturer monopolized the market for launch vehicles for space.
Represented a video game manufacturer in the successful defense of a class action suit alleging that Digital Rights Management software damaged consumer computers.
Led the technology and standards analysis effort in the development of antitrust arguments on behalf of a major electronics manufacturer against a consortium of their competitors who developed a closed and proprietary standard for memory systems.
Defended a major aerospace company against a $133 million claim for negligence, negligent misrepresentation and fraud related to the alleged manufacture of defective solar arrays satellites and prevailed on summary judgment.
David W. Quinto, Stuart H. Singer, Thomas F. Wallerstein, Vincent M. Pollmeier, Phillip J. Lee, Scott R. Hansen, and Adam F. Lewental, Trade Secrets: Law & Practice, Matthew Bender & Co., 2019.
“At the Crossroads of Law and Technology,” 33 Loyola L.A.L. Rev. 1099 (2000)
Karish & Bjorgum, P.C. (2016-2018)
Quinn Emanuel Urqhart & Sullivan LLP (2002-2016)
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP (2000-2002)
Board Member, Long Beach Opera
Co-Chair, Solo/Small Firm Outreach Committee, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
Life Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics