Mr. Tepera devotes his practice to patent prosecution, and civil litigation with expertise in commercial, intellectual property, and employment disputes. He also advises clients on the acquisition, management, and protection of intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. For 12 years, he has practiced throughout the country in federal and state courts, including first chair jury trial experience.
Mr. Tepera has successfully pursued his clients’ rights at trial, including jury verdicts, summary judgments as both plaintiff and defendant, and directed verdicts in his clients’ favor. He has achieved successes in trial and appellate courts, arbitration, state commissions, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Key victories range from settlements worth millions of dollars for his plaintiff-clients to complete voluntary dismissals of all claims against his defendant-clients.
Mr. Tepera’s strategy remains the same whether he is representing clients in an IP, commercial, or employment dispute: identify winning issues as quickly as possible to achieve an efficient victory. This course often bears fruit for his clients by providing an early and cost-effective win. These early wins take different forms, including, e.g., withdrawal of all claims against a patent defendant during the pleading stage, dismissal at the briefing stage before the PTAB, settlement for millions of dollars as a plaintiff, and licensing patents within a month of engagement to large retailers.
Mr. Tepera was named partner at Reed & Scardino in January 2015 and now serves as the firm’s hiring partner.
Mr. Tepera’s broad experience is often leveraged for an incredibly diverse set of clients. Representative clients include billion dollar Houston oil & gas companies, Austin start-ups, telecommunications companies, entrepreneurs, technology holding companies, and aggrieved individuals and businesses.
- Top-Co Cementing Prods. Inc. v. Blackhawk Specialty Tools, LLC, 4:14-cv-01937 (S.D. Tex.). Lead counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement suit involving downhole oil development technology heavily used in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Scanning Techs. Innovations LLC v. iConnect, 2:16-CV-01080, (E.D. Tex.). Lead counsel for defendant in patent infringement suit on technology used in small businesses.
- Customedia Techs. LLC v. DISH Network Corp., 2:16-cv-00129 (E.D. Tex.). Co-counsel in multi-defendant patent infringement involving key technology in digital video recorders.
- Christensen v. Coursetrends, Inc. D-1-GN-10-001332 (126th Dist. Court, Travis Co. trial), No. 03-12-00821, 2014 WL 4388622 (Austin Court of Appeals). Lead counsel for defendant in employer-employee dispute where employee sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid bonuses.
- Muniz Concrete and Contracting v. Riverside Interests, LP, C-1-CV-11-004241 (Co. Court at Law No. 2, Travis County). Lead counsel for defendant in real estate suit involving large East Austin commercial development.
- Burbank & Sutherland, LP v. David Thomas et al, No. 2015-10270, (295th Dist. Court, Harris Co.). Lead counsel for plaintiff in securities fraud and breach of contract suit involving claimed licensing of patented environmental technology to overseas governments.
- Biosonix, LLC v. Hydrowave, LLC, No. 4:16-cv-00139 (E.D. Tex.). Lead counsel in sport fishing technology patent case.
- Sinkar v. Barrera, D-1-GN-13-000844 (419th Dist. Court, Travis Co.). Lead counsel for defendant in real estate litigation regarding fraud and deceptive trade practices for allegedly improper disclosures.
- Blackhawk Specialty Tools, LLC v. Top-Co Cementing Prods., Inc., IPR2015-01661. Lead counsel for defendant patent-owner in defending oil & gas patent owner from claims of patent invalidity over primitive 1930s drilling technology.
- Gonzalez v. Riverside Interests, LP, D-1-GN-14-001683 (419th Dist. Court, Travis County). Lead counsel for defendant in breach of contract case regarding alleged international loans.
- Reed Props., LLC v. Concentra Health Servs., Inc., 3:12-cv-00691 (W.D.N.C.). Lead counsel for plaintiff in landlord-tenant dispute where the tenant health care provider was alleged to have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage.
Education & Admissions
Mr. Tepera is a Longhorn through and through. He is an honors graduate of the University of Texas Aerospace Engineering program. He subsequently graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors. He is the son of two UT graduates and the grandson of a member of the UT School of Law Class of 1931.
Mr. Tepera’s time spent in the engineering field included defense work developing rapidly reproducible in-flight wing deployment systems for a major government contractor.
Mr. Tepera is admitted to the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, and the Federal Circuit. Mr. Tepera is a patent attorney registered to practice before the USPTO, Registration Number 65,984. He is a member of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Section of the Texas Bar.