Edward G. Poplawski


Los Angeles
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Edward Poplawski focuses his practice on patent litigation, including jury trials and proceedings before the International Trade Commission. Recognized as one of the nation's leading trial lawyers, he has litigated and tried high profile cases involving trade secret misappropriation, trademark and copyright infringement and antitrust violations for clients that include Aruba Networks, Atmel, Bloomberg, Cornell University, Deutsche Bank, eBay/PayPal, First Data, Genentech, Hewlett-Packard, IGT, Intuit, Labcorp, LSI, McAfee, OmniVision, RIM, Samsung and SAIC.

Edward consistently is recognized as one of the top intellectual property attorneys in California and the U.S. He received the "California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year" (CLAY) Award in 2009 for his work in IP litigation, notably his work as lead trial counsel for Cornell University in winning a $184.1 million jury award against Hewlett-Packard and for Etex Corporation in obtaining an $81 million damages award plus attorneys' fees against Medtronic. He also has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, U.S. NewsThe Best Lawyers in America®, Legal 500 U.S., IAM Patent 1000, and other publications as a leading trial lawyer and "a superstar" who, "according to clients, demonstrates 'an intelligence and commitment that earns him the trust of the court and jury,'" "is brilliant in the courtroom, and conducts himself with integrity at all times," and "produces phenomenal results." In addition, clients indicate that "he is a superb advocate, both in the courtroom and in negotiations," "he is able to assemble a highly talented team that promptly responds to the constant barrage of motions and demands from adversaries," "he is used to handling important cases," and he is "a great first chair who is very effective in highly charged adversarial scenarios."

Edward has litigated patents across a range of technologies, including data transmission systems, mobile phone systems, computer processor architecture, liquid crystal optical devices, genomics, synthetic proteins, monoclonal antibodies, diabetes drug and bone growth compositions and other biotechnology products, semiconductor fabrication, computer misuse detection systems, wireless communication devices, radar systems, nuclear waste disposal systems, optical storage devices and switches, radio-isotope elution systems, robotics, electric vehicles, pollution control systems, sophisticated cameras, chemical compositions, assay kits, computer software, ordnance, food processes, defibrillators, fluorescence spectroscopy, medical and dental products, thermoelectric generators, thermal control systems, heart valves, artificial liver devices, glucose monitors, fiber optics and a variety of electronic hardware and consumer electronics. 

Within his trademark litigation experience, Edward has obtained and defended against more than 100 preliminary injunction motions and represented trademark owners, registries and Internet service providers in Internet-related litigation. He provides counsel to clients regarding the reciprocity between intellectual property matters and the business aspects of transactions and advises start-ups and emerging growth companies regarding entrepreneurial intellectual property.

Edward has taken part in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association, plus special patent litigation proceedings under the U.S. Atomic Energy Act. He has also advised the White House and members of Congress on Internet-related intellectual property issues.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • New York Law Journal: 2019 New York Verdicts Hall of Fame (2000-2018 Cases) - Recognized as lead attorney for plaintiffs in No. 1 Intellectual Property Case, Cornell University v. Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • Managing IP: Selected for inclusion in the 2016 and 2018 lists of "IP Stars" 
  • Chambers USA: Intellectual Property Law (2009 to 2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2007 to 2023)
    • Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Patent Litigation
    • Patent Law
  • IAM Patent 1000: Patent Litigation (2012 to 2016, 2022)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers: Intellectual Property Litigation (2006 to 2017)
  • Legal 500 U.S.: Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation (2010 to 2011)
  • California Lawyer: "California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year" (CLAY) Award for patent trial and litigation work (2009)
  • The Los Angeles Business Journal: "Who's Who in Law" (2009)
  • Daily Journal: Named a top intellectual property lawyers in California (2003, 2005 and 2008 to 2009)
  • Euromoney's Guide to Leading U.S. West Coast Lawyers and Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Experts: Top West Coast lawyer and leading patent lawyer (1999 and 2004)
  • The International Who's Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers (1999 and 2004)


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association,
    • Distinguished Fellow (2000 to present)
    • Board of Directors (1996 to 1999)
    • President (1997 to 1998)


  • USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute
    • Chair (2016 to 2018)
    • Vice Chair (2015 to 2016)
    • Executive Committee (2011 to present)


  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia
  • California


  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, summa cum laude