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Craig Tolliver is a principal in the Austin office of McKool Smith. Craig's practice focuses on patent litigation. Craig has represented clients in patent cases throughout the country involving a wide range of technology, including computer software, medical devices, electronic financial transactions, hard disk drives, computer memory, and other types of computer hardware.


Representative Matters

  • Rambus. Represent Rambus Inc. in patent infringement actions involving memory components, memory modules, and memory controllers. Rambus Inc. v. Hynix Semiconductor Inc. et al. (N.D. Cal., pending), Hynix Semiconductor Inc. et al. v. Rambus Inc. (N.D. Cal., pending), and Rambus Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al. (N.D. Cal, pending)
  • MagSil & MIT. Representing MagSil and MIT in MagSil/MIT v. Seagate et al., a Delaware patent case concerning pioneering hard disk drive technology.
  • HNC Software Inc. Represented HNC Software Inc. in patent infringement action involving financial card fraud detection. HNC Software, Inc. v. PULSE EFT Association (S.D. Tex., settled).
  • Biometric Access Company. Represented Biometric Access Company in patent infringement action involving biometric identity verification and electronic financial transaction processing. Indivos Corporation v. Biometric Access Corporation (N.D. Cal., settled).

Previous experience:

  • Prior to joining McKool Smith, Craig practiced with Dewey Ballantine LLP and Brobeck, Phleger, and Harrison LLP.
  • Summer intern, the Honorable Robert Holmes Bell, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1998
    • Conducted legal research and assisted in drafting opinions


Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized as an "effective communicator" by The Legal 500, 2015


Community & Professional Activities

  • Austin Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Board member, Little Helping Hands (an Austin nonprofit)

Media & Events



  • "Filling the Black Hole in Cyberspace: Legal Protections for Online Privacy," Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment Law & Practice (Spring 1999); Reprint, Texas Journal of Consumer Law, No. 2, Vol. 3 (1999)


J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2000

  • Dean’s List
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Notes editor and writer, The Journal of Entertainment Law and Practice

B.S., University of Florida, Microbiology, 1995

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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