Paulina Starostka - Intellectual Property - Nixon Peabody LLP

Paulina M. Starostka

Paulina focuses her practice on counseling clients through disputes involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets in federal courts and in Section 337 investigations before the United States International Trade Commission (USITC). She also advises clients on trade-related matters before the Court of International Trade and the USITC. Paulina is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, and is supervised by attorneys admitted to practice in Illinois.

What do you focus on?

I dedicate my practice to representing both domestic and foreign companies, as well as solo inventors in IP litigation matters before the USITC, federal courts, and other venues. My practice involves resolving disputes across a broad range of industries and technologies, including LED lighting devices, mobile electronic devices and chipsets, software, consumer products and household appliances, chemical processes and methods of production, and medical and biotechnological devices.

My litigation experience spans all phases, including pre-suit fact investigations, discovery management, depositions, evidentiary motions practice, and pre-trial and trial activities. I have also represented a number of clients in Section 337 investigations. My experience litigating the issues that arise during these fast-paced proceedings allows me to anticipate what type of information will be needed, where my clients might run into problems, and what an effective strategy might be, especially with issues unique to Section 337 proceedings like domestic industry, public interest, and the types of remedies available.

My experience representing complainants and respondents in Section 337 investigations allows me to provide clients with constructive litigation counseling on both offensive and defensive litigation strategy.

What do you see on the horizon?

As we continue to innovate and develop new and exciting technologies for the future, effective intellectual property protection will play an important role in helping bring these new technologies to the marketplace. Just as the technologies evolve, however, the laws governing intellectual property rights and our approach to their enforcement and protection will also need to evolve to ensure adequate protection over our future innovations. Further, as globalization spreads these innovations worldwide, the USITC will continue to play a big role in helping protect U.S. intellectual property rights.

Representative Work

  • Represent The Regents of the University of California in a groundbreaking patent enforcement campaign to protect its rights in a revolutionary new generation of light bulb technology known as filament LED that was invented by a Nobel laureate-led team at UC Santa Barbara. The campaign includes litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California and Eastern District of New York, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Paulina M. Starostka



Phone: 312-997-4469

Fax: 833-994-0944

George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors; Executive Editor, The American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, B.S., Neuroscience

District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court
  • ITC Trial Lawyers Association
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