Attorneys

Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement

Summers Law Group staffs each matter according to the individual needs of each case in order to achieve the most effective and efficient result. Our team of lawyers consists of experienced litigators and technical experts working together to zealously advocate on behalf of our clients.

Teresa M. Summers

Teresa M. Summers represents clients in intellectual property, regulatory, and commercial matters, including litigation, licensing, contracts, FDA regulatory matters, and counseling.  She has specialized expertise in appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, District Court litigation, proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, ANDA litigation, and International Trade Commission Section 337 litigation.  Her practice spans many industries, including biomedical sciences, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and cybersecurity.  Ms. Summers advises technology companies regarding Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs), and mining for IP rights in Big Data. Ms. Summers also advises pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device clients on issues related to product development, approval, and compliance with Food and Drug Administration regulations.

Ms. Summers served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She remains very active in Federal Circuit activities, including assisting the judges in recent Joint Judicial Conferences in Japan, China and Korea on U.S. IP rights. She created the Tokyo IP American Inn of Court, the first Inn of Court based in Japan and the first American Inn of Court based outside of the U.S. For her role in the creation of the Tokyo IP American Inn of Court, Ms. Summers received a Distinguished Service Medal by the Linn Inn Alliance.

Ms. Summers received her B.S. in biology/biomedical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude. During law school, she was active and published in the Georgetown Law Journal, admitted to the Order of the Coif, and received the Leon Robbin Patent Award, ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law, and the Cali Award. Ms. Summers has published numerous articles: she authored “The Scope of Utility in the Twenty-First Century: New Guidance for Gene-Related Patents” and co-authored “Database Legislation: Changing Technologies Require Revised Laws” and “Medicare Act Increases Risk of Declaratory Judgment Actions Against Innovators.”

Representative Matters

  • Allergan v. Sandoz (Eastern District of Texas). Represented the manufacturer of a generic version of Allergan’s Combigan® ophthalmic eye drops for the treatment of glaucoma in several related cases under the Hatch-Waxman Act.
  • Certain Sintered Rare Earth Magnets and Products Containing Same (International Trade Commission, 337-TA-855). Represented complainants Hitachi Metals and its U.S. affiliate in an ITC investigation that was resolved by settlements and consent orders favorable to complainants prior to hearing.
  • Apple v. Samsung (Northern District of California and International Trade Commission, 337-TA-796). Represented Apple in obtaining a $1.05 billion jury verdict in its patent and trade dress trial against Samsung regarding smartphones and tablets. Also represented Apple successfully against Samsung at the International Trade Commission.
  • Certain Static Random Access Memories, and Products Containing Same (International Trade Commission, 337-TA-792). Represented Cypress Semiconductor in patent litigation against competitor and importer customers of competitor.
  • Toshiba v. Imation et al.  (Western District of Wisconsin). Represented Toshiba Corporation in a patent infringement action against several foreign manufacturers and U.S. distributors of recordable and rewritable DVDs.
  • Certain Computers and Computer Peripheral Devices and Components Thereof and Products Containing the Same (International Trade Commission, 337-TA-841). Represented respondent Fujitsu Limited in a patent infringement case involving flash memory card readers used in computers and other electronic devices.  Case settled favorably shortly before the hearing.
  • American Motorists Insurance Co. v. The Club at Hokuli’a, Inc., et al. (District of Hawaii). Represented Japan Airlines in complex litigation involving three court cases in Hawaiian federal and state courts related to failed property development on the Big Island in Hawaii. The dispute related to interpretation of bonds, development agreements and partnership law issues. This complex litigation involved seven parties in a multimillion-dollar property development being concurrently litigated in three cases.
  • Certain Stringed Musical Instruments and Components Thereof (II) (International Trade Commission, 337-TA-708). Represented Japan-based Hoshino and its U.S. affiliate in patent infringement actions relating to guitars and other musical instruments.  Case settled on favorable terms.
  • Enpat v. GE et al. (Middle District of Florida). Represented Toshiba Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Corporation Ltd. of Japan and its U.S. affiliate in a patent infringement suit relating to industrial drives and wind turbines. Case settled on favorable terms after mediation.
  • Kelce v. Cervantes et al. (Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit). Represented a prisoner pro bono against the California state corrections system. Obtained favorable verdict from the Ninth Circuit.
  • Certain Liquid Crystal Display Modules and Products Containing the Same and Methods for Using the Same (International Trade Commission, 337-TA-634; Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit). Represented Sharp Corporation against Samsung in four patent infringement -based investigations involving technology to improve viewing angle and response time for LCD panels used in LCD TVs and monitors. ITC found for Sharp on all four asserted Sharp patents and three of four asserted Samsung patents, and issued exclusion order and cease and desist orders banning imports and sales of Respondents’ LCD products.
  • Certain Digital Televisions and Certain Products Containing Same and Methods of Using Same (International Trade Commission, 337-TA-617). Represented Osaka-based Funai Electric Co., Ltd. and its affiliate Funai Corporation, Inc. (collectively “Funai”) through trial in this International Trade Commission (ITC) Section 337 action filed against 14 manufacturers and importers of digital televisions and other related products. In April 2009, the ITC issued a final determination and remedy order in favor of Funai Corporation. Represented Funai in an appeal and in the subsequent enforcement action for the exclusion order.

Miranda Y. Jones focuses on FDA compliance counseling, patent litigation, and patent counseling,  Recognized as the Texas Lawyer’s Top Woman in IP, she has served as trial counsel in cases involving many different technologies from pharmaceutical products to modulation techniques for wireless communications. She handles appeals before the Federal Circuit and served as counsel for Commil before the United States Supreme Court in the Commil v. Cisco case. She clerked for Judge Newman on the Federal Circuit.

Miranda was recently named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America for Patent Litigation and also received the 2019 Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Practice Award by American Antitrust Institute for her work involving pharmaceutical patent litigation.

Education

J.D., George Mason University School of Law, magna cum laude

George Mason Law Review, Articles Editor
Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Symposium Executive Editor

B.A., University of Houston, magna cum laude, Chemistry

Professional Activities

The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Member

Intellectual Property Owner’s Association, Member

State Bar of Texas, Member

Publications, Academic Appointments & Honors

Honors and Recognition

  • Texas Lawyer, Top Woman in IP Law, 2018
  • Texas Rising Stars, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2016-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Patent, 2020
  • American Antitrust Institute, Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Practice Award, 2019
  • Burton Award for Legal Achievement
  • Adrian Fischer Award for Legal Research and Writing, Permanent Injunction, a Remedy by Any Other Name Is Patently Not the Same: How eBay v. MercExchange Affects the Patent Right of Non-Practicing Entities, 14 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 1035 (2007)

 Admissions

  •  U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Texas

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Pauline Newman, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Intern to the Honorable Edward Damich, United States Court of Federal Claims

Erin C. Villaseñor counsels clients on FDA compliance and regulatory approval issues, and data privacy issues.  Prior to her legal practice, Erin worked as a biomedical engineer/scientific reviewer for the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Device Evaluation. Additionally, she worked as a regulatory specialist at a medical device company specializing in neuromodulation devices and as a medical device regulatory consultant for a prominent consulting firm. Erin’s technical background and industry experience make her uniquely equipped to handle technologically challenging cases.

Education

J.D., South Texas College of Law, suma cum laude

Graduated first in class
South Texas Law Review, Member

B.S.E., Tulane University, with honors, Biomedical Engineering

Professional Activities

Houston Bar Association, Member

Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

Intellectual Property Owner’s Association, Member

Houston Technology Center’s Life Sciences Acceleration Committee, Member

Publications, Academic Appointments & Honors

Publications

  • Data Breach Suit Allowed to Proceed Against LinkedIn, Publication (2014)

 Admissions

  •  Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

 

Honors

  •  Texas Supreme Court Recognized Erin for Achieving the third highest score on the February 2010 Texas Bar Examination
Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement