D. Stuart Bartow

D. Stuart Bartow

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650.391.1395 fax
4300 Bohannon Drive
Suite 230
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Stuart Bartow is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group, and is co-managing partner of the Silicon Valley office. As a dual-qualified U.S. patent attorney and English solicitor, he represents clients from around the globe in intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on complex patent and trade secret disputes concerning high technology. 

Stuart’s experience includes patent litigation in federal courts across the United States. He has directed multiple federal jury trials as well as proceedings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. A registered patent attorney with a technical background in computer engineering and neuroscience, he also advises on intellectual property portfolio management, PTO practice under the America Invents Act, and licensing matters and related antitrust concerns for domestic and international clients.

Clients and peers alike have lauded Stuart for his legal and technical acumen. For example, The Legal 500 has described Stuart as “strik[ing] the proper balance” between providing the highest-end client service and protecting the client’s long-term interests.

Before practicing law, Stuart served on the technical staff of a medical device company that commercialized neuromodulation technology developed collaboratively with Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine and Applied Physics Laboratory. Stuart also served on the technical staff at a leading provider of global satellite services based in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his legal practice, Stuart has taught Intellectual Property law as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Santa Clara University School of Law. He is also a frequent author and speaker on IP law and high technology.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

Representative Matters

  • Defended several Silicon Valley technology companies in a multi-district litigation concerning web communication technology. As liaison counsel for multiple defendants, obtained a decision of non-infringement on all patents.
  • Defended a major security software company in a multi-patent action in the District of Delaware. Summary judgment returned invalidating all patents-in-suit prior to trial, resolving a matter seeking approximately $150 million in damages.
  • Served as appellate counsel for a microprocessor manufacturer in appeals to the Federal Circuit from district court and the PTO, resulting in the reversal of a $110 million trial judgment and cancellation of the patent-in-suit.
  • Represented a Fortune 1000 semiconductor company in patent actions concerning power supply technology in the District of Delaware. Jury returned a verdict of infringement in the affirmative patent case, resulting in an award of approximately 75% of damages.
  • On behalf of the scientific research arm of the Australian government, prosecuted multiple patent actions regarding wireless networking technology in the Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of California. A summary judgment of infringement and a permanent injunction were obtained in favor of the client.
  • Prosecuted a copyright, trademark and unfair competition action for the trust of an iconic American photographer in the Northern District of California. Case resolved before trial.
  • Defended a Fortune 500 semiconductor company in the Eastern District of Texas in a multi-patent action regarding wireless networking technology. Case resolved prior to trial.
  • On behalf of a Fortune 100 electronics and consumer products company defended multiple patent actions regarding mobile communications and inventory systems in the Eastern District of Texas. Cases were resolved prior to trial.
  • Defended a copyright action against manufacturer of offshore performance gear in the Southern District of Florida. Case resolved prior to trial.
  • Defended a digital storage manufacturer in patent actions regarding industry standards for dynamic random access memory, including a five-week federal jury trial in the Northern District of California. Obtained remittitur of damages removing nearly 60% of opposing damages award.
  • Served as lead counsel in defense of a trade secret case over allegations of misappropriation of customer lists in the Northern District of California. Case resolved before trial.
  • On behalf of a Fortune 500 company, prosecuted a trade secret and copyright action against a mainland-Chinese startup company in the Northern District of California. Case resolved before trial.
  • Prosecuted trade secret and patent actions regarding video formatting conversion in the Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of California. Both cases resolved prior to trial.
  • Served as lead defense counsel concerning the alleged misappropriation of customer lists and technological know-how in California state court. Case resolved before trial.

Related News

Silicon Valley Partner Stuart Bartow Admitted as Solicitor in England and Wales
Credential provides expansion of international legal and business services offered to clients in U.S. and abroad
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie adds experienced IP litigators in Silicon Valley
Ahearn, Bartow to lead law firm's growing IP practice group in Northern California


  • Panelist, "The International Data Game," Seventh Annual ASU-Arkfeld E-discovery and Digital Evidence Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, March 2018
  • Panelist, "Outside Counsel Views on Managing E-discovery in Complex Litigation," 40th Global IP ConfEx, San Francisco, California, February 2018
  • Host and Moderator, Expert Witness Committee Panel, ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, May 2017
  • Speaker, “The Interplay Between the DTSA and Patent Law,” Federal Circuit Bar Association, Washington, D.C., March 2017
  • Moderator, “Patent Litigation 2017:  The Courts and Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” Federal Circuit Bar Association, Santa Clara, California, February 2017
  • Adjunct Lecturer, E-Discovery, Santa Clara University School of Law, Fall 2012, Spring 2015
  • Speaker, “Review of Intellectual Property Controversies and Disputes,” Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, October 2015
  • Speaker, “Octane and Highmark: Fee-Shifting in Patent Cases Under 285,” Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, March 2014
  • Host and Moderator, “Expert Witnesses: Maximizing Their Effectiveness,” Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Workshop, sponsored by the ABA, February 2014
  • Speaker, “Issues in Intellectual Property Law,” Columbia University, February 2012
  • Lecturer, Trademark Law, International LL.M. Program, Santa Clara University School of Law, Summer 2012


  • Quoted, "The Verdicts That Left A Mark In 2018," 12/19/2018
  • Author, "U.S. Supreme Court Agrees Upon Restricted Venue for Patent Cases," International Comparative Legal Guides, Patents 2018
  • Co-Author, "Supreme Court Case Could Have Huge Impact On Challenging Patents," 11/28/2017
  • Author, "U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Flexible Analysis for Enhanced Damages in U.S. Patent Cases," International Comparative Legal Guide, Patents 2017
  • Co-Author, "Reflecting on a 6-Year Journey to a Patent Ineligibility Win," Law 360, November 10, 2016
  • Co-Author, "McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America: Federal Circuit Revives Software Patents Held Ineligible," Lexology, Sept. 21, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Willful Blindness and Induced Patent Infringement," Law 360, June 15, 2011
  • Author, "U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision in Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp.," Lexology, 2007
  • Author, "U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision in KSR Int'l Co. v. Teleflex, Inc.," Lexology, 2007



  • Federal Circuit Bar Association - Global Fellow, 2015-2016
  • ABA Section of Litigation - Committee on Expert Witnesses - National Programming Co-Chair, 2016-2017
  • Asian Law Alliance 40th Anniversary Dinner - Legal Award Co-chair, March 2017

Other Info


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
M.S., Columbia University
B.S., B.S.E.E., University of Maryland, College Park

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Solicitor, Senior Courts of England and Wales