Award-Winning Patent Litigator
Eric brings more than 20 years of patent litigation experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex trials and litigation. He has received numerous honors including Best Lawyers in America and Texas Super Lawyers.
Eric represents clients at both the state and federal levels in various industries including wireless telecommunications, software, fiber optics, image compression, and semiconductors.
Bilingual and Culturally Fluent
Eric has a minor in Korean Studies and is fully fluent in the Korean language.
Currently, Eric Tautfest is a partner at Munck Wilson Mandala in the technology/intellectual property law group. Eric has more than 22 years of experience defending and prosecuting IP infringement claims, managing patent portfolios, and advising on IP transactions. Eric is an esteemed patent litigation and trial lawyer known in the IP community as a patent litigation one-stop shop – working both the prosecution and the defense sides of litigation, working as in-house counsel, and working in private practice. His legal career includes working as a partner at various reputable law firms in IP law.
As an experienced patent infringement litigator and defense lawyer, Eric has successfully prosecuted and defended claims in federal courts across the country in a wide range of technologies, including wireless telecommunications, software, fiber optics, computer displays, semiconductors and various other technologies. In the course of his work, he has developed unique and practical patent monetization strategies and implemented aggressive licensing and litigation programs throughout the whole patent life cycle. This is one of his specialties.
Early in his legal career, Eric focused on representing plaintiffs in patent infringement lawsuits, presenting him with the opportunity to resolve cases efficiently and effectively. A similar mentality is evident in his defense practice as well, where he strives for efficient and cost-conscious representation. Having established a reputation for resolving patent infringement cases punctually and efficiently, clients have retained Eric to provide settlement counsel in a variety of cases.
Eric’s unique skills include working as an in-house attorney which provided him with insight into the industry from his clients’ perspectives as well as hands-on experience mitigating technology protection challenges. This background has had a great impact on the way Eric approaches litigation in his current role. He not only focuses on understanding the objectives of his clients, but also those that are being pursued by the decision makers of the opposing party. Eric uses his unique skills and legal background to explore innovative ways to accommodate the concerns of opposing parties once he comprehends their competing interests.
Reuben Clark Law Society – Board of Director in Dallas
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Federal Bar Association
Dallas Bar Association
Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
Federal Circuit Bar Association
U.S. Supreme Court Bar Association
American Bar Association
Texas Young Lawyer’s Association
Texas Bar College
Texas State Bar College
Texas Bar Association – Fellow
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers – Life Fellow
The Honorable Barbara M. G. Lynn American Inn of Court – Barrister
Phi Delta Phi – Officer (1998-2000, Monteith Inn)
SMU Law Review Editorial Board and Articles Editor (1999-2000)
SMU Law Review Association (1998-2000)
SMU School of Law Board of Advocates
Best Lawyers in America, Woodward White, Inc. (2023)
Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters (2021 – 2022)
Best Lawyer in Dallas, D Magazine (2018-19, 2021-22)
America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (2018)
Rising Star, D-Magazine (2008-2010)
State Bar of Texas
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Temptations to Take: Misappropriation of Trade Secrets,
Damages and Remedies, Vol. VII No. 2 Computer L.R. and Tech. J. 117, 117-147 (2003)