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Henry M. Sneath is a principal shareholder in Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pa. where he focuses on commercial, intellectual property, pharmaceutical, products liability and insurance coverage litigation. His law firm, Picadio Sneath, handles a wide range of Intellectual Property litigation, audit, evaluation, protection, application and prosecution matters. Firm members are admitted to the USPTO and prosecute patents and trademarks in a number of technical disciplines. Mr. Sneath has tried over 95 cases to jury and non-jury trial verdict and is Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial, IP, Patent, Personal Injury Defense and Legal Malpractice Litigation and was voted a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, both in Business and Intellectual Property Litigation. He is also rated 10/10, Superb, by AVVO.


He received his J.D. degree in 1983 from Duquesne University School of Law. During his last two years of law school, he served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He is the Immediate Past President and former National Member of the Board of Directors of DRI (Defense Research Institute), and is the former Chair of its Commercial Litigation Committee and Intellectual Property Subcommittee.  He is former Regional Editor of the DRI national publication "The Business Suit" and is a frequent lecturer and course planner for seminars on a wide range of business litigation, intellectual property and personal injury topics. He served as editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's (PBA) Civil Litigation Section newsletter magazine and was the 2009-2010 Chair of the PBA Intellectual Property Law Section.

Mr. Sneath has extensive federal and state court trial experience in cases involving commercial disputes, intellectual property matters, construction claims, professional negligence lawsuits, medical, pharmaceutical and products liability litigation, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith claims. He is currently representing clients in trademark and copyright matters and in patent litigation matters pursuant to the Local Patent Rules promulgated in 2005 by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. These rules are designed to make the Pennsylvania Western District a forum of choice for patent infringement and invalidation actions. He is also prepared to assist out-of-state law firms and their clients with the intricacies of these Local Patent Rules which provide a procedural mechanism for accelerated case disposition, and numerous changes to the processes of Federal Rule 26 disclosure, claim construction, use of experts and infringement and invalidation contention disclosure. He represents clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in Washington, DC and his firm handles patent and trademark prosecution matters. Please visit his blog on intellectual property and technology issues:

He has tried over 95 cases to jury and non-jury verdict in Federal and State Court jurisdictions and has helped clients resolve disputes through a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures. Mr. Sneath has also devoted substantial Pro Bono time to the representation of battered women in Protection from Abuse hearings and trials and is active in his Church and community.



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Practice areas


  1. Patent Infringement: 30%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Trademark: 20%
  4. Insurance: 10%
  5. Other: 20%
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Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, PC

Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1105
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Patent, IP, Commercial and Personal Injury Defense LitigationBest Lawyers in America2012
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Business and IP LitigationSuper Lawyers2012
Martindale Hubbell AV RatingMartindale Hubbell2012
Avvo 10/10 Superb RatingAVVO2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder/PrincipalPicadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C.2002 - Present
PartnerDoepken, Keevican and Weiss1998 - 2002
PartnerMeyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek and Eck1988 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
DRI (Defense Research Institute)President2011 - Present
Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2005 - Present
International Association of Defense CounselMember2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember and Former Chair Intellectual Property Section1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
CNX v. CDXCase Settled
University of Pittsburgh v. Varian Medical Systems, Inc.Case was dismissed with prejudice on our motion
Leach v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance CompanySuccessful Jury Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duquesne University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1983
Hamilton College Law SchoolEnglish, EconomicsAB1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Commercial Litigation and IP SeminarPresenting Business Valuation and IP Damages at Trial2012
DRI Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation Symposium 2009Sub-Prime and Financial Crisis Litigation2009
DRI Annual MeetingThe Law Firm of the Future2008
20th Annual Federal Practice ProgramDispositive Motions2008
DRI 2006 Intellectual Property SeminarUnfair Competition in IP Claims: The New Bad Faith?2006

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