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Henry M. Sneath

About Henry Sneath

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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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