Victor H. Polk, Jr.: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Victor H. Polk, Jr.

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Litigation
  • Entertainment and Media
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.310.6010
Fax: 617.279.8410
University Brown University, B.S., Psychology, magna cum laude, 1977
Law SchoolUniversity of Chicago Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1980 Member, The University of Chicago Law Review
Admitted1980, Florida; 1985, Massachusetts; Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Bar Association

•Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association

•Member, Boston Bar Association

•Member, Boston Patent Law Association

•Co-Chair, Copyright Committee

•Member, International Trademark Association

•Member, Massachusetts Bar Association


Victor H. Polk, Jr. focuses his practice on the trial of complex business and intellectual property disputes. He is experienced in dealing with all types of intellectual property disputes, including cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, licensing agreements and trade secrets. He has tried a number of cases in jury and bench trials and arbitrations.

Vic's patent cases have involved a wide range of technologies, including: cellular phones [Potter Voice v. Samsung(voice recognition database search technology),Flatworld v. Samsung(user interface fling functionality),Cellport v. Samsung(selector for network communications channels) andMobile Telecom Tech v. Samsung(methods for processing data messages between a network operations center and a mobile device)]; computer user interfaces (CDD v. Samsung); liquid crystal display monitors (CEA v. ViewSonic and Guardian Industries v. ViewSonic); aerosol spray plume analyzers (Proveris Scientific v. Innova Systems); electronic patient diaries (PHT v. CRF); manifold valve for use with air mattress (Select Comfort v. Tempur-Pedic); visco-elastic foam mattresses and pillows (Tempur-Pedic v. SimmonsandTempur-Pedic v. Sealy); and sporting goods (Warrior Lacrosse v. Brine).

Vic also handles many trademark, copyright and trade secret cases. His copyright cases regularly deal with software issues (e.g.,Escher v. AnPost), but also involve a wide variety of other issues, including summarizing newspaper articles (e.g.,Nihon Keizai Shimbun v. Comline Business Data, Inc.) and fabric designs (e.g.,Eastern Accents v. Ashley Furniture). Vic's trademark cases have run the gamut from traditional likelihood of confusion issues (e.g.,Operation ABLE of Greater Boston v. National Able Network, Inc. andEquine Technologies, Inc. v. Equitechnology, Inc.) to issues of genericness (e.g.,Boston Duck Tours v. Super Duck Tours) and geographic misdescriptiveness (e.g.,Japan Telecom v. Japan Telecom America).

Vic has also tried and handled a series of disputes concerning the licensing of software and patents. These includedICAM v. Parametric Technology Corporation(software license),Fidelity Investments v. Actuate Corporation(software license),Acer Snowmec v. MOH(license of indoor snowmaking technology patents) andENPAR Technologies Inc. v. Biosource, Inc. (license of water purification patent).

Vic also continues to work with various private equity clients and their portfolio companies. He has tried cases including claimed breaches of fiduciary duties, enforcement of letters of intent, exclusivity agreements and post-closing purchase price adjustments.

Vic is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Co-Chair of the Copyright Committee of the Boston Patent Law Association, and was the Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee of the Boston Bar Association. He has frequently been quoted on his views of developments in the law as it pertains to the Internet, including in theWall Street Journal,TheNewYork Times,TheAssociatedPressandTheBostonGlobe.

Areas of Concentration

•Intellectual property litigation

•Complex business disputes

Awards & Recognition

•Listed,IAMmagazine, The IAM Patent 1000, Litigation, 2012-2014

•Listed,TheBest Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2009-2014

•Listed,Super Lawyersmagazine,Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004-2013

•Listed,Bostonmagazine, New England Super Lawyers, 2005-2011

•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5AV , BV , AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Quoted, The Patent Troll Debate,Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, March 10, 2014

•Co-Author, When Patented Technologies Get Put to Experimental Use: Practical Considerations for Nanotech R&D,Nanotechnology Law & Business, Fall 2011

•Author, Internet Defamation Unmasked,, 2001

•Author, Internet and eCommerce Litigation: Now the Hard Part,MCLE Internet and E-Commerce Litigation: Resolving Disputes and Litigating Accidents on the Information Superhighway, 2000

•Author, ISP Immunity Gives Little Recourse for the Defamed,National Law Journal, April 26, 1999

•Author, Equitable Defenses to the Invocation for the Copyright Act's Statute of Frauds Provision,Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, Vol. 46, 1999

•Co-Author, On-Line Business Torts: Defamation; Copyright; Privacy; Employee E-mail,MCLE Electronic Commerce Update '98: Cutting Edge Issues for the Networked Economy, 1998


•Lecturer, Damages: The Neglected Child, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Annual Meeting, 2003

•Lecturer, Internet Litigation 2001, MCLE, 2001

•Lecturer, Sex, Drugs & Rock-n-Roll: Problem Legal Issues on the Internet, American Bar Association Annual Meeting Program, 2000

•Lecturer, Internet and eCommerce Litigation: Resolving Disputes and Litigating Accidents on the Information Superhighway, MCLE, 2000

•Lecturer, Electronic and Internet Commerce at the Dawn of the 21st Century, MCLE, 1999

•Lecturer, Electronic Commerce Update '98: Cutting Edge Issues for the Networked Economy, MCLE, 1998

Associated News & Events


06.23.14 Greenberg Traurig's Global Patent Litigation and Prosecution Practices Recognized by IAM Patent 1000

06.09.14 Greenberg Traurig's Boston Office Rides in 2014 Best Buddies Hyannis Port Challenge, Raises over $115,000 to Support the Organization

11.04.13 16 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Included in the 2013 Edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers

08.15.13 10 Greenberg Traurig Boston Attorneys Listed in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

06.26.13 Greenberg Traurig Massachusetts Intellectual Property Shareholders Recommended in IAM Patent 1000 for Second Consecutive Year

06.03.13 Greenberg Traurig's Global Patent Litigation and Prosecution Practices Recognized by IAM Patent 1000

07.10.12 Greenberg Traurig Massachusetts IP Shareholders Recognized in Intellectual Asset Management's (IAM) Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners

06.08.12 10 Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Recognized in Intellectual Asset Management's (IAM) Patent 1000

05.08.08 Greenberg Traurig Expands Intellectual Property Practice in Boston Office With Addition of Victor H. Polk Jr.

Published Articles

10.03.11 When Patented Technologies Get Put to Experimental Use: Practical Considerations for Nanotech R&D

Reported CasesTempur-Pedic v. Simmons Bedding Co. (W.D. Va.). Represented Tempur-Pedic in patent case brought against 17 bedding companies concerning the design and construction of certain memory foam mattresses.; Tempur-Pedic v. Sealy Corp. (W.D. Va.). Represented Tempur-Pedic in litigations concerning Tempur-Pedic patents involving design of certain memory foam pillows.; Potter Voice v. Samsung (D. Colo.). Represented Samsung in patent suit over voice search technology on Samsung cellular phones.; Flatworld v. Samsung (D. Del.). Represented Samsung in patent litigation concerning technology for removing icons from cellular phone displays.; PHT, Inc. v. CRF, Inc. (D. Del.). Represented CRF in patent litigation concerning electronic patient diaries used by the pharmaceutical industry in drug testing.; CEA v. ViewSonic ; Guardian Industries v. ViewSonic (D. Del). Represented ViewSonic in defense of a series of cases involving allegations of infringement of patents allowing for wide angle viewing of Liquid Crystal Display panels as used in both televisions and computer monitors.; Acer Snowmec v. MOH, Inc. (Mass.). Represented owner of Ski Dubai indoor snowmaking technology patents. Obtained jury verdict, which resulted in termination of an exclusive license of the patents and allowed client to re-take control of the technology in North America.; Warrier Lacrosse v. Brine, Inc. (E.D. Mich.). Represented Brine in cases alleging infringement of patents concerning configuration of lacrosse heads and designs of lacrosse gloves.; Nihon Keizai Shimbun v. Comline Business Data (S.D.N.Y.). Obtained judgment after a bench trial on behalf of the plaintiff Nikkei Newspaper for copyright infringement. Award affirmed on appeal.; Japan Telecom v. Japan Telecom America (C.D. Cal.). Defended of this trademark action even though plaintiff had 14 years of prior use. Summary judgment in client's favor upheld on appeal.; Kerrigan v. (Mass.). Represented Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan in obtaining removal of fake pornographic photographs from the Internet. Some of the above listed representations were handled by Mr. Polk prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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