Attorneys

David J. Steele

Partner / Irvine

phone (949) 476-0757
email david.steele@cph.com
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Practice Areas

Technical Emphases
  • Computer Engineering
Admitted
  • State Bar of California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Biography

David J. Steele is a Partner at the firm and manages the Irvine office. Mr. Steele specializes in trademark and Internet law. Mr. Steele is also an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he has taught Trademark Law and Internet Law since 2001.

Prior to law school, Mr. Steele was the Engineering Manager at Fibertron Corporation, where he worked on the design and implementation of high speed computer networks and Internet engineering. He has served as a Technical Advisor and member of the Network Advisory Board for Networld+Interop. As a member of the Boston Working Group, Mr. Steele worked with the U.S. Government to transfer the technical coordination of certain aspects of the Internet to ICANN.

Education

Degree School Year
J.D. Loyola Law School 2000
B.S. Electrical Engineering California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 1996

Representative Matters

  • Oakley, Inc. v. Buyoakley.net and 43 Domain Names, United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (2011). Represented Oakley in an in rem cybersquatting action involving the registration and use of 44 domain names that were confusingly similar   to Oakley's trademarks and were being used to sell counterfeit goods. Obtained judgment and the transfer of all the infringing domain names.
  • Verizon v. OnlineNIC, United States District Court, Northern District of California (2009). Represented Verizon in complex cybersquatting action involving OnlineNIC's registration and use of 663 domain names that were confusingly similar to Verizon's trademarks.   Obtained judgment for $33,150,000, which is the largest cybersquatting judgment granted to date, and permanent injunction.
  • Redbrick Pizza v. Redstone Pizza, United States District Court, Central District of California (2009). Represented Redbrick Pizza in connection with trademark and trade dress action against a competitor. Obtained both preliminary and permanent injunctions   against the competitor's use of the trademarks and trade dress.
  • Verizon v. Lead Networks, United States District Court, Central District of California (2009). Represented Verizon in complex cybersquatting action involving Lead Networks' registration and use of 241 domain names that were confusingly similar to Verizon's   trademarks. Obtained judgment for $24,100,000 and permanent injunction.
  • Dell v. Belgium Domains, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (2008). Represented Dell in complex cybersquatting action involving the registration and use of over 1,000 domain names that were confusingly similar to Del's trademarks.   Obtained consent judgment and permanent injunction pursuant to confidential settlement agreement.
  • Fioretto Franchising Corp. v. Yofiore Franchising Company, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York (2009). Represented Fioretto in trademark and service mark action. Obtained stipulated judgment and permanent injunction.
  • Neiman Marcus v. Dotster, United States District Court, Western District of Washington (2007). Represented Neiman Marcus in complex cybersquatting action involving the registration and use of over 25 domain names that were confusingly similar to Neiman   Marcus' trademarks. Obtained permanent injunction pursuant to confidential settlement agreement.