Steve works closely with client executives to strategically manage patent portfolios, taking into account the commercial realities of client products, the relationship of client patent portfolios to client products and business strategies, client budgets, and competitor activities, patent portfolios, products and strategies.
He places special emphasis on helping companies eliminate unnecessary expenses by streamlining workflows and purging underperforming or unnecessary assets from bloated or aging portfolios.
Steve handles all aspects of U.S. and international patent prosecution for companies in a variety of technical fields, including:
- Heat transfer
- Nuclear power generation
- Nuclear fuels and reactor fueling, security and safety
- Excavation, forestry and construction equipment
- Power generation
- Medical imaging
In helping his clients structure their portfolios, Steve uses data analytics to develop patent maps and filing strategies that advance their business goals, adhere to budgets, protect their most valuable intellectual property assets, and respond to competitive challenges. He supports these strategies with counsel on enforcement and the avoidance of competitor portfolios, frequently monitoring competitors’ patent activity and preparing patentability and non-infringement opinions.
Steve has significant experience drafting license agreements, joint development agreements, confidentiality agreements and non-disclosure agreements. He has also helped clients manage IP issues before, during and after mergers and acquisitions.