Stephen E. Belisle

Stephen E. Belisle


Partner, Washington DC

Lead the way – a principle that guided Steve Belisle during his prior service as a U.S. Army combat engineer officer and Airborne Ranger, now fuels Steve’s service and commitment to clients from around the world. For over 16 years, Steve’s client services have focused on patent and trademark litigation before U.S. district and appellate courts, Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and contested proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. By leveraging his leadership and litigation experience, along with his mechanical engineering and design experience, Steve brings efficiency, responsiveness, and fiscal discipline to every one of his client engagements.

Steve’s service and commitment also extends to various bar and civic associations.  He is the Vice Chair of AIPLA’s Professional Programs Committee, a past Chair and Vice Chair of AIPLA’s Online Programs Committee, and a past Co-Chair and Member of the Steering Committee of the D.C. Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Section.  He also provides legal services to fellow veterans through the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.  For his community in Fairfax, Virginia, Steve is the First Vice President of the Country Club View Civic Association.
Case Highlight
Steve and his Fitzpatrick colleagues secured two back-to-back General Exclusion Orders for long time client Canon from the U.S. International Trade Commission in Investigation Nos. 337-TA-918 and 337-TA-829, both of which prohibit the importation of toner cartridges and components thereof that infringe various Canon patents on laser toner cartridge technology. The Commission also issued Cease and Desist Orders against many of the Respondents in the Investigations, prohibiting the sale of infringing toner cartridges that have already been imported.
Representative Matters
  • Canon adv. Intellectual Ventures (D. Del.). Patent infringement dispute involving various aspects of digital camera technologies.
  • Canon v. General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd. et al. (ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-960). Patent infringement dispute involving toner supply containers for copy machines.
  • Canon v. Ninestar et al. (ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-918 and S.D.N.Y.). Patent infringement dispute involving toner cartridges for laser beam printers.
  • Canon v. Clover et al. (ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-829 and S.D.N.Y.). Patent infringement dispute involving toner cartridges for laser beam printers.
  • Canon adv. Princeton Digital (E.D. Tex.). Patent infringement dispute involving JPEG compression standard.
  • Canon v. Ninestar et al. (ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-731 and S.D.N.Y.). Patent infringement dispute involving toner cartridges for laser beam printers.
  • Medtronic adv. GE Medical Systems Global Technology (USPTO BPAI). Patent interference involving surgical navigation technology.
  • The Clearing House Payments Company adv. DataTreasury Corp. (E.D. Tex.). Patent infringement dispute involving check imaging technology.
  • S.C. Johnson & Son v. Chelsea Industries and Illinois Tool Works (E.D. Wis.). Patent infringement dispute involving resealable plastic bag technology.
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