Stephen R. Buckingham Partner

New Jersey
T 973.597.2326 | F 973.597.2327



A tenacious litigator, Steve brings more than 25 years of experience to his work on complex cases concerning scientific and technical subject matter. He has represented a broad range of life sciences and technology companies in disputes involving patent infringement, technology licensing, product liability, mass torts, trade secrets, and other matters involving technology at trial and appellate levels, as well as arbitration. With a background in engineering, Steve has an in-depth understanding of the scientific and technological issues that arise in each case. He regularly interacts with company scientists, representatives, and experts to develop defenses based on medical and scientific literature, and effectively deposes and cross-examines expert witnesses.

Representative Engagements

Prevailed at jury trial in obtaining for our client Joyal Products an $18 million judgment of patent infringement against a Chinese motor manufacturer, and after successfully defending an appeal of the judgment before the Federal Circuit, settled for more than the amount of the judgment.
Defended Rutgers University in a patent and antitrust matter in which a terminated patent licensee sued Rutgers to invalidate 24 of Rutgers’ patents, and asserted antitrust and RICO claims based on alleged anticompetitive licensing practices and unlawful enforcement of invalid patents. Case was dismissed in a published decision, Jersey Asparagus Farms, Inc. v. Rutgers Univ., 803 F. Supp. 2d 295 (D.N.J. 2011), which was not appealed.
Represented Rutgers University for many years in disputes with licensees of Rutgers patent rights.
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Other Distinctions

  • IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2013) - Recognized among leading patent practitioners and praised as a "sound lawyer in the electrical and mechanical arts” and "an experienced litigator at both trial and appellate level and an all-round astute IP strategist."

Publications

Grokster’s Impact on Patent Law: Does It Resolve a Federal Circuit Split?
Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal formerly Journal of Proprietary Rights, February 2006
Stephen Buckingham, Matt Savare
Turn Off That "Auto Delete" Switch: Sanctions for Failure to Preserve Electronic Evidence
Litigation Alert, January 2005
Stephen Buckingham
Deciding Between Patent and Trade Secret Protection
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, February 2004
Stephen Buckingham, Justin D. Petruzzelli, Esq.
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Press Mentions

In The Star Ledger, Stephen Buckingham comments on intellectual property issues related to an action figure based on the now infamous New Jersey "tanning mom." , The Star Ledger , May 9, 2012
Lowenstein Sandler is highlighted for winning a significant patent infringement judgment for client Joyal Products, Inc. against the international motor manufacturing conglomerate Johnson Electric. The judgment reflected an award of treble damages and attorneys' fees based on willful infringement, as well as a permanent injunction and post-judgment royalties of 26% of gross revenues. David Harris and Stephen Buckingham led the Lowenstein team. , IP Today, New Jersey Law Journal, Trial.com , March 2009
David W. Field and Stephen R. Buckingham featured for defending, pro bono, 52 laid-off factory workers who had a $2.26 million default judgment entered against them unknowingly by their employer in an effort to avoid workers compensation claims. , The Star Ledger , April 12, 2007
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Related Areas

Class Action Litigation
Corporate
Intellectual Property Litigation
Life Sciences
Litigation
Patents
The Tech Group
Trademark Prosecution and Enforcement

Education


Rutgers Law School ( J.D. , 1989 ) , with honors, Order of the Coif, Senior Articles Editor, Rutgers Law Review
Lafayette College ( B.A. , 1982 )

Clerkships


U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey , Judge Alfred Wolin  
New Jersey Supreme Court , Honorable Stewart G. Pollock  

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions


U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Affiliations


  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges (1998-2002)
  • Member, Rutgers Venture Advisory Council (RVAC)