Steven E. Tiller

Steven E. Tiller

PARTNER
stiller@wtplaw.com
BALTIMORE
T: 410.347.9425
F: 410.223.4325



Recognized as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and a Maryland "Super Lawyer," and by the prestigious publication Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star," Mr. Tiller is widely known as one of the top technology and intellectual property litigators in the mid-Atlantic. He is co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology practice group, which includes attorneys whose practice focus on both business and litigation issues, and is one of only twenty-four firms nationwide ranked in the top tier for Technology by U.S. News & World Report.

Mr. Tiller has handled a wide range of business and intellectual property disputes involving a variety of technologies, including software, internet applications, network architecture, manufactured products, and bio technologies.  These matters have related to a broad scope of industries including drug safety analysis, data access and replication, nuclear power plant safety, wireless telecommunications, sales management, academic admissions, and fiber optics, to name a few.  He also regularly advises clients on risk management and other business issues, essentially acting as outside general counsel for several clients over the years.  Admitted to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Tiller also assists clients in identifying, protecting and leveraging their intellectual property assets.  A representative sample of his cases follows:

Recognitions

  • AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, published by Chambers and Partners. 2016 - present
  • Named a 2015 "Top Rated Intellectual Property Lawyer" by American Lawyer
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2006 - present
    • Named Best Lawyers' 2016 Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Patent, Patent Law and Technology Law "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Named Best Lawyers' 2014 Baltimore Litigation - Intellectual Property "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Named Best Lawyers' 2013 Baltimore Patent Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, 2007 - present
  • Listed as a "Local Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2008 - present
 

Memberships & Activities

  • Executive Committee Member: Ft. Meade Alliance, and Chair of Ft. Meade Connect (Business Development) Committee
  • Advisory Board Member: Towson Global Incubator
  • Member: Chesapeake Regional Tech Council
  • Member: Greater Baltimore Technology Council
  • Member: Licensing Executives Society
  • Chairman and Presenter: Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers seminar on E-commerce issues
  • Reporter: Legislative Task Force on Establishment of Business and Technology Division in Maryland Circuit Courts
  • Best Lawyers Designation
  • Benchmark Litigation Designation
  • Chambers and Partners Designation

Patent Litigation

  • Represented owners of patent for rapid deployment rescue shelters for use in coal mining and other accidents where toxic conditions may exist in infringement matter
  • Represented State administrative agency in infringement matter related to vehicle tracking software
  • Represented inventor and owner of patent regarding distributed network architecture in infringement matters
  • Represented inventor and owner of patent regarding software tool for analyzing the risks of pharmaceutical products in infringement matter
  • Represented financial services provider in infringement matter related to the access, assembly and utilization of bodies of information
  • Represented financial services company in infringement matter involving the navigation method employed in its mobile web site
  • Represented developer in infringement matter involving online college application software
  • Represented jewelry manufacturer in infringement matter involving the locking mechanism on certain bracelets
  • Represented manufacturer and reseller of computer classroom desks in invention conception dispute
  • Represented international laminate flooring manufacturer in infringement matter before the International Trade Commission involving mechanical locking laminate flooring panels
  • Represented State University and Professor in infringement matter involving apparatus for the extermination of aquatic nuisance species from ships' ballast water
  • Represented mobile office and storage leasing company in infringement matter regarding the locking device on certain of its mobile storage units
  • Represented large hospital system in infringement matter regarding artificial implantable blood pumps
  • Represented inventor in professional malpractice case that arose out of defendants' failure to pay an annual maintenance fee for plaintiffs' patent for an innovative topical treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy and related ailments
  • Represented nutritional supplement manufacturer and distributor in infringement matter regarding glucosamine/chondroitin supplement for the protection and repair of connective tissue in animals
  • Represented developer of method and apparatus for making, receiving and administering pari-mutuel gaming bets using voice recognition technology in infringement matter
  • Represented manufacturer of ground fault circuit interrupters ("GFCI") in infringement matter
 

Copyright and Trade Secret Litigation

  • Represented real estate brokerage firm in software copyright matter
  • Represented telecommunications sales management software developer in licensing, copyright and trade secret dispute before three member arbitration panel
  • Represented developer of nuclear power plant simulator software in copyright infringement matter
  • Represented fiber optic company and its founders in trade secret dispute
  • Represented accounting system franchisor in suit alleging claims against franchisee for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and tortious interference with contract
  • Represented international clothing manufacturer in copyright and trademark infringement matter regarding manufacturer's logo and marketing materials brought by its former advertising agency
  • Represented developer of compressed air management software in copyright and trade secret matter
 

Trademark Litigation

  • Represented insurance company in infringement matter related to use of its name and logo which had been used for over a century
  • Represented large government contractor in infringement action regarding its nearly thirty year old name and logo
  • Represented national restaurant chain in infringement actions seeking to prevent it from using its nationally recognized name and logo in certain local markets
  • Represented music store in request for cancellation of trademark application brought by national chain of music stores
  • Represented international garment manufacturer in trademark opposition proceeding
  • Represented international clothing manufacturer in copyright and trademark infringement matter regarding manufacturer's logo and marketing materials brought by former advertising agency
  • Represented petitioners and respondents in actions filed under domain name dispute policy of International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
 

Business Litigation

  • Represented financing company and manufacturer of wireless mobile switching centers and reseller of base stations, microwaves and other wireless telecommunications equipment in contract dispute regarding the design, deployment and operation of a wireless local loop CDMA network in war torn Iraq resulting in over $45 Million judgment in favor of client
  • Represented integrator of wireless telecommunications equipment and manufacturer of mobile switching centers in dispute regarding the integration and installation of a digital wireless telecommunications network
  • Represented developer of customized office organization software in breach of warranty action

Appellate

  • Represented international laminate flooring manufacturer in patent infringement appeal before United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Represented urgent care center in appeal of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision in opposition proceeding before United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Represented manufacturer and reseller of computer classroom desks in appeal of invention conception dispute before United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Represented financing company and manufacturer of wireless mobile switching centers and reseller of base stations, microwaves and other wireless telecommunications equipment in appeal of contract dispute before Maryland Court of Special Appeals
 

Industry Experience

  • Represented large city in negotiations with telecommunications carriers for installation of fiber optic cable
  • Represented Internet start-up company, advising on all aspects of new business model
  • Represented related companies leveraging antibody to PCNA to develop immunohistochemical stain to diagnose malignant tumors and therapeutic drug leveraging same antibody to treat cancer
  • Represented parties in technology transfer agreement negotiations with Universities
  • Represented developer of rapid diagnostic system for the ultra-sensitive detection of air borne and food borne pathogens, advising on all aspects of business

ARTICLES

Steve Tiller Leads Distinguished Panel on Public-Private Cyber Security

On February 8, in his role as President of the Fort Meade Alliance, WTP Partner Steve Tiller led a panel that featured U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Leidos Chairman and CEO Roger Krone and NSA Executive Director Harry Coker, Jr., on public-private cyber security efforts. The discussion focused on ways to improve America's cyber defenses. 


Steve Tiller moderates Panel Discussion with Senator Van Hollen and GEN (Ret) Keith Alexander

On February 1, in his role as President of the Fort Meade Alliance, WTP Partner Steve Tiller moderated a conversation with US Senator Chris Van Hollen and GEN (Ret) Keith Alexander on the current state of cyber and our economy, and what it means for the region, our nation and the globe. The discussion focused on the importance of the government working with the private sector to improve the country's cyber security.


Fed. Circ. Revives Patent On De-Icing Roads With Molasses

The Federal Circuit on Wednesday revived a patent for a molasses byproduct used as a de-icing agent on roads, finding that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board didn’t present enough evidence to show that earlier sugar and rock salt-related inventions made the sugar-waste product obvious.

Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Signed into Law, May 11, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) creating a cause of action under federal law for trade secret misappropriation which previously had been governed by state common law and each state’s adoption of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.   The law took effect immediately upon signing.

Maryland's Anti-Spam Law

On October 1, 2002, Maryland joined a growing number of states that have enacted laws to limit unsolicited e-mail or so-called “spam.” This new law (Md. Commercial Law Code Ann. § 14-3001 - 14-300) applies to any unsolicited e-mail sent from Maryland or to an e-mail address located in Maryland. A brief summary of the law follows.


NEWS

Chambers Honors Whiteford in 11 Practice Areas

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has once again ranked the firm highly in its 2019 list of leading firms and business lawyers.

U.S. News Awards Top-Tier Rankings to 46 Whiteford Practices, Including 18 Nationally

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that U.S. News and World Report - Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” has awarded the firm exemplary rankings for 2019.  Eighteen of the firm’s practices are ranked at the national level, including two practices with national Tier 1 rankings:  Litigation and Bankruptcy.  At the state level, an additional forty-six practices have been ranked in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and VA.

57 WTP Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019, Four Named "Lawyer of the Year"

57 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site.

59 WTP Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2018, Two Named "Lawyer of the Year"

59 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site, at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

In addition, two lawyers were selected as “Lawyer of the Year” for their particular areas of practice.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and 29 Lawyers Honored by Chambers and Partners

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has once again ranked the firm highly in its 2017 list of leading firms and business lawyers. This year’s recognition includes a record 29 attorneys in 4 states, the District of Columbia and Afghanistan. 


Significant Win for Agrochemical Client

Steve Tiller, Barry Neuman and Peter Davis have obtained a significant victory for our client Willowood, LLC, a generic crop protection company, that will have nationwide reverberations in the agrochemical industry.  In an April 10 ruling, a federal district court  in Greensboro, NC held that copyright laws do not apply to labels that accompany federally-approved pesticide products.


59 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2017, Eight Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Fifty-nine lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, eight lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” for their particular areas of practice. 


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Recognized in 2016 Benchmark Litigation

The 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation has ranked Whiteford, Taylor & Preston as “Highly Recommended” in Maryland.  The ranking is the publication’s top rating and identifies those firms it deems “dominant” in the state.

In addition, Benchmark Litigation named eight lawyers from the firm as Maryland “Local litigation Stars.”   The selected lawyers represent the broad diversity of the firm’s litigation experience, from sophisticated business litigation to bankruptcy to products liability.


Steve Tiller Named President-Elect of the Ft. Meade Alliance

The Fort Meade Alliance (FMA) has named Steven Tiller, a partner with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, as FMA President-Elect and Joseph V. Pacileo, vice president at TASC, Inc., as FMA Vice President.

“Thanks to the outstanding work of our board of directors, the Fort Meade Alliance is stronger and more ambitious than ever,” said FMA President Deon Viergutz. “Steve and Joe are well respected and effective leaders who will continue to advance the FMA’s priorities.”


63 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Four Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty-three lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, four lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in the Baltimore region for their particular areas of practice.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and Six Partners Named as "IP Stars" by Managing Intellectual Property

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Managing Intellectual Property has given the firm’s Maryland Intellectual Property practice its highest rating and has singled out six partners for individual recognition in Maryland. 

In their commentary, the editors noted that the firm is “highly respected” and that the IP lawyers in the group “handle a split of contentious and non-contentious matters crossing over patent trademark and copyright matters.”


Fifty-Four Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 54 of its Maryland-based attorneys are listed among the 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars” and the three partners who received special recognition -- Edward Buxbaum and Dwight Stone in the Top 100, and Mary Claire Chesshire in the Top 50 Women.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Recognized in 2014 Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Plaintiff

The 2014 editions of Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Plaintiffs have ranked Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in the top tier of litigation firms in Maryland.

Eight lawyers from the firm were named as Maryland “Local litigation Stars” in Benchmark Litigation, and three of them were also named in Benchmark Plaintiffs. In addition, Daniel Griffith, the head of the firm’s Wilmington office, continued to be listed as a “Future Star” in the rankings for Delaware.


61 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America; Nine Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty-one lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices, including the firm's new Roanoke office.

In addition, nine lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


Sixty-Four Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 64 of its attorneys are listed among the 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in three states.

The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars”; the four partners who are listed in the Top 100 in Maryland – Edward Buxbaum, Edwin Fee, William Ryan, and Dwight Stone; and the 16 who are named for the first time this year.


Fort Meade Alliance Executive Committee Elects Two New Members

The Fort Meade Alliance (FMA) has appointed two new members to its Executive Committee, Joseph V. Samek of Wilhelm Commercial Builders and Steven Tiller of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP.

Mr. Samek currently serves as Senior Vice President and Director of Government Services with Wilhelm Commercial Builders. He has over 25 years of program management and construction management experience in world-wide support with the US Army Corps of Engineers and DOD Acquisition. Mr. Samek was elected to FMA’s Board of Directors in 2011.


60 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America Five Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.).

This represents an increase of seven over last year.  The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, five lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


Forty-Six Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland; Five in Maryland Listed in “Top 100”

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 46 of its attorneys are listed among the 2012 Maryland Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

The firm is particularly proud of the five who are listed in the Top 100 in Maryland – Edward Buxbaum, Edwin Fee, Paul Nussbaum, William Ryan, and Dwight Stone. Selection of the Top 100 lawyers in a jurisdiction is strictly based on the highest scores in the Super Lawyer judging process, and Whiteford is one of the two firms with the most names on the list.

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and 11 Attorneys Listed in Benchmark Litigation 2012

The 2012 edition of Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys has once again ranked Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in the top tier of litigation firms in Maryland, with more ranked lawyers than any other firm on the list.

Ten lawyers from the firm were named as “Local litigation stars” and one as a “Future Star.”

Only seven firms in Maryland received the highest ranking of “Highly recommended,” which indicates those firms deemed “dominant” in the state.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and 12 Attorneys Listed in Benchmark Litigation 2010

Ten lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in Maryland and two in Delaware have been selected by Euromoney's Legal Media Group as "leading litigation attorneys." Their names appeared in the 2010 edition of the guide Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. This is an increase of six over last year. In Maryland, the firm has substantially more ranked lawyers than any other firm on the list.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and Litigators Among Highly Recommended Firms and Litigation Stars in Benchmark Litigation 2009

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) is pleased to announce that the firm, having one of the largest litigation departments in Maryland, has been "highly recommended" in the Benchmark Litigation 2009 listing of Maryland litigation firms. WTP attorneys Harry S. Johnson (Products Liability), Paul M. Nussbaum (Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring), William F. Ryan, Jr. (Commercial), and Steven E. Tiller (Technology and Intellectual Property) were listed as "local litigation stars," and Alexander W.


36 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Named Maryland Super Lawyers

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) is pleased to announce that 36 WTP attorneys have been named in Maryland Super Lawyers publication. Maryland Super Lawyers will appear in a special advertising section in the January 2007 issue of Baltimore Magazine and in the Maryland Super Lawyers magazine.


WTP Names Five New Partners

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P. is pleased to announce Pamela M. Conover, S. Keith Moulsdale, Dwight W. Stone, II, Brent C. Strickland and Steven E. Tiller have been elected partners. (All five new partners practice in the firm’s Baltimore office.)