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John Edmonds


John Edmonds is a registered patent attorney with over twenty-five years of litigation experience.  

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Steve Schlather


Steve Schlather is a registered patent attorney with over twenty years of litigation experience.  

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John J. Edmonds


Tel: (713) 364-5291 

Fax: (832) 415-2535 

Email: jedmonds@ip-lit.com 

John Edmonds has over twenty-five years of experience as a litigator. His practice is devoted to intellectual property litigation, including patent litigation and appeals, and inter partes review. He has served in lead counsel in over a hundred and fifty lawsuits throughout the United States, including over thirty jury trials. Mr. Edmonds is a registered patent attorney and has a Master of Laws degree in intellectual property law. Prior to co-founding the firm, Mr. Edmonds litigated at one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country.

Mr. Edmonds zealously advocates the rights of his clients, who have ranged from multi-national corporations to inventors and NPEs. Mr. Edmonds has represented clients in disputes involving a wide range of technologies, including consumer electronics and other consumer products, computer hardware and software, wireless and other networked hardware and systems, internet related technologies such as search engines, websites, ecommerce and games; chemical compositions and processes, oilfield equipment and services, building materials, security and encryption, and industrial machinery.

Mr. Edmonds is also a former U.S. Marine.



  • Recognized as Super Lawyer® in Intellectual Property Law
  • Recognized with highest “preeminent” peer rating


  • LL.M., 2000, University of Houston Law Center (Intellectual Property & Information Law)
  • J.D., 1994, The University of Texas School of Law
  • B.A., 1991, The University of Texas at Austin [Phi Beta Kappa] (Plan II)


  • Texas State and Federal Courts
  • California State and Federal Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for Colorado and the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Fifth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of California
  • Houston Intellectual Property Lawyers Association


Stephen F. Schlather


Tel: (713) 364-2371
Fax: (832) 415-2535
Email: sschlather@ip-lit.com

Steve Schlather is a patent lawyer and litigator. His clients range from small, start-up companies and individual inventors to large, multinational corporations. For more than 10 years, Steve has represented both plaintiffs and defendants under a variety of fee arrangements, including on an hourly, fixed-fee and contingent fee basis.

Recently, the majority of his cases are contingent-fee cases. Steve has a successful nationwide practice, including substantial experience in the federal courts in the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware and the Northern District of California. Steve represents clients in a wide range of intellectual property cases involving a diversity of technologies, including:

  • Microprocessors and integrated circuits,
  • Internet-based software & systems, both client-side and server-side,
  • Oilfield equipment and chemicals;
  • EDI software and systems;
  • Medical implants, including cardiac stents;
  • Embedded systems;
  • Building materials;
  • Wireless routers;
  • RFID technology;
  • Cable modems;
  • Microsoft Windows operating systems, and
  • Global-positioning systems.


Representative Cases

  • Within six months of filing a patent infringement lawsuit related to RFID technology, Steve obtained a seven-figure settlement for his client.
  • In a case relating to GPS technology, Steve was part of a team that obtained a favorable settlement on the second day of trial. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
  • Steve was a key member of a team that obtained a jury verdict of infringement and validity and secured a permanent injunction against the defendants. The case later settled and the terms are confidential. Steve continues to represent the client in additional litigation on the same patent.
  • Days before trial, Steve helped to favorably settle a computer software-related patent infringement and trade secret case against a major US software developer. The defendant agreed to license his clients patents and technology. The terms remain confidential.


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 *Each case exists on its own merits and past success does not guarantee future results. 

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