Lawrence Drucker is a partner in Stern Tannenbaum & Bell’s litigation department. Larry is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice on patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition and other commercial litigation matters.
Larry has more than 30 years of trial experience in federal district courts throughout the United States, litigating cases for both patent owners and those accused of infringement including cases in the most active districts for patent litigation such as Delaware, California, Florida and the Eastern District of Texas. His cases have involved a large variety of technologies including automotive, semiconductor, LED displays, smartphone handsets, medical devices, electronic ratings systems, consumer electronics, digital audio and video copy protection and anti-piracy technology, radio frequency identification systems, robotics systems, ink formulations, internet commerce, transmission of real-time financial data, universal remote control devices, optical systems, athletic shoe construction and manufacturing processes, and engineered flooring materials. He has successfully handled dozens of high-stakes patent litigation cases and resolved disputes across the gamut of contentious IP issues including copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret and unfair competition disputes. Larry has represented clients in matters before the International Trade Commission including the patent owner in a large ITC proceeding involving modular LED display panels.
Larry has handled a large number of cases that have been financed, in whole or in part, by litigation funders and is experienced at guiding clients through the litigation funding process as a way to help them enforce their patents. He has also represented litigation funders as outside diligence counsel and is frequently recommended by litigation funders as lead counsel to represent claimants in litigation. He is also experienced at both challenging and defending patents subject to inter partes review before the PTAB.
In addition to his litigation experience, Larry routinely acts as a legal counselor and advisor in the negotiation and drafting of patent, trademark and copyright license agreements, joint venture and funding agreements and other business contracts. Larry has handled many IP due diligence matters, freedom to operate analyses and has experience in the management and monetization of IP portfolios. He advises clients on portfolio acquisitions and development, licensing and enforcement strategies, and litigation financing options.
Prior to joining Stern Tannenbaum & Bell, Larry was a partner in an AmLaw 50 law firm.
- Successfully defended athletic footwear maker Puma against allegations that it had infringed 10 of Nike's patents covering several types of athletic shoe technology. Larry led the defense which challenged the validity of Nike's patents in inter partes reviews, leading to a favorable settlement of the case.
- Obtained a jury verdict of non-infringement on behalf of Translogic Corp. and Swisslog Italia S.p.A., manufacturers of robotic pharmacy automation systems accused of infringing two patents by McKesson, the nation’s largest hospital supplier.
- Obtained judgment that an adversary's patent was unenforceable due to inequitable conduct on behalf of Datamars S.A., a Swiss manufacturer of radio frequency identification products used in the recovery of lost pets. This was the first such finding for a defendant in the E.D. Texas.
- Defended leading radio ratings provider Arbitron against claims of patent infringement concerning its electronic audience measurement system. Obtained summary judgment invalidating the opponent’s patent, then resolved challenges by several state attorneys general to the commercial implementation of that system.
- Brought an action on behalf of TV and radio ratings giant Nielsen to stop a nationally syndicated radio host from tampering with Nielsen’s survey to distort the ratings. The case settled on favorable terms.
- Represented Arbitron and Nielsen in numerous copyright infringement and breach of contract actions, preventing unauthorized use of their audience estimates.
- Represented Dallas-based Ultravision International in ITC investigation and parallel E. D. Texas patent infringement actions against more than 20 foreign manufacturers of LED display panels to prevent importation and sale of panels that infringed Ultravision’s U.S. patents.
- Represented AGIS Inc., a developer of software and apps that allow for remote location tracking and location sharing on mobile devices, in patent infringement actions against smartphone manufacturers in the E.D. Texas.
- Defended photography and medical imaging equipment manufacturer Olympus, athletic shoe manufacturer Puma and semiconductor maker Murata against claims of infringement by patent trolls.
- Obtained a judgment of non-infringement of a patent covering a method of programming remote controls on behalf of Universal Remote Control, Inc., a leading supplier of OEM TV remote controls, in an action against electronics giant Philips Electronics.
- Defended Six Flags, the nation’s largest chain of amusement parks, against claims of patent infringement over the design of a state-of-the-art roller coaster, obtaining the dismissal of all claims.
- Represented RESOLVE, a prominent non-profit organization, in an action to protect its trademarks and trade secrets that were misappropriated by a rival organization.
- New York State
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- Columbia Law School, J.D., 1988; Member of the Columbia/VLA Journal of Law & the Arts
- Queens College of the City University of New York, B.A. Economics and Political Science, 1985 (summa cum laude)
- Brown Rudnick, LLP (Partner)
- Winston & Strawn LLP (Partner)
- Dickstein Shapiro LLP (Partner)
- Ostrolenk, Faber Gerb & Soffen, LLP (Associate, then Partner)
- Gilbert, Segall and Young (Associate)
- Fabricant, Yeskoo & Colangelo (Associate)
- Shea & Gould (Associate)
- The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
- NOLO Historic Block Association (founder and vice chairperson 2016-present); represents historic district at NYC Landmarks Commission hearings
- Brooklyn Community Board 1 participant
- North Brooklyn Neighbors (member of Environmental Justice working group)