About Me

Patent Infringement attorneyJohn T. Polasek (Ted) has been practicing law since 1990.  Ted’s practice is focused on patent infringement litigation and licensing of patents. In addition, Ted has litigated a broad array of intellectual property cases, that include trade secret misappropriation, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, and related common law and state causes of actions.

Ted litigates cases on behalf of patent owners and companies accused of patent infringement.  He has successfully negotiated licenses involving patent portfolios that include over 100 patents.  Ted is also a mediator.

Ted was a founding partner of Polasek, Quisenberry & Errington, L.L.P. (“PQE”), a firm that represented patent owners and companies accused of patent infringement.  For nearly 25 years, Ted’s core practice has been litigating patent infringement cases, for hourly and clients on a contingent fee or other result oriented basis.  During his career, Ted has also defended companies accused of patent infringement, trade dress violations and copyright infringement.  In the early part of his career, Ted was associated with one of the premier intellectual property firms in the country, Arnold White & Durkee, and left AWD for a small boutique firm where he focused his practice on patent litigation.

Ted has practiced law based on the understanding that his clients sought counsel that worked efficiently, provided high quality representation, were responsive to a client’s phone calls and emails, and offered fee solutions that incentivized favorable results.

Carrying over that understanding, Elliot & Polasek provides efficient, high-quality representation for its clients with the flexibility and “hands-on” service of a smaller firm capable of providing its clients with reasonable hourly rates as well as contingent fee, flat-fee, partial contingency/partial hourly or other results-based fee arrangements. Ted has successfully achieved numerous favorable resolutions for clients under these business models.

As technology evolves, so do we.  Ted has experience in a wide variety of technologies.  He has handled patent infringement cases involving smart phones and software, base stations and other telecommunication equipment, vision & facial recognition, monitoring systems, license plate recognition, vehicle collision warning and avoidance systems, music identification, computer accessories, wireless navigation and mapping systems, advanced process control, chip fabrication, chemical compositions, cosmetic formulations, contact lens, boat design, catalysts, oil field equipment, offshore platforms, medical devices, pagers, laser levels, fasteners, “distance to the pin” determination on a golf course, and ski poles to name a few.

Ted has litigated cases across the United States, including New York, Delaware, the Eastern District of Virginia, Florida, Oregon, Nebraska, Illinois, Arizona, California, and the Southern, Western and Eastern District of Texas.  For a list of some of those cases, please see the list of Representative Cases on this site.


  • South Texas College of Law, received Juris Doctorate in 1990.
  • University of Texas, received B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1987.

Prior Professional Experience

  • Polasek, Quisenberry & Errington, LLP (2002-2018)
  • Goldstein & Polasek (1995-2002)
  • Arnold, White & Durkee (1994);
  • Lorance & Thompson (1990-1993).


  • State Bar of Texas
  • District Courts: Southern, Eastern and Northern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Court of Federal Claims


  • Mediator under Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code §154.052

 Professional Activities

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Intellectual Property Law Section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)