Steve's practice focuses on assisting clients with managing their domestic and foreign utility and design patent portfolios. He works with clients to encourage (e.g., via developing inventor incentive programs), collect and cultivate invention disclosures from busy inventors, to help identify core concepts for patentability, and to guide the preparation and prosecution of the corresponding patents with an eye towards compact prosecution and broad patent scope. In addition to patent prosecution, he is experienced in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of patents for litigation and/or licensing, and his litigation work includes district court trial and appeals to both the U.S. Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Steve has handled utility patents in a wide-range of computer and electrical technologies, including Internet services, video games, content delivery networks, user interfaces, wired (e.g., DOCSIS, MoCA, etc.) and wireless (e.g., cellular, wi-fi) communication systems, and many others.
He has also handled hundreds of design patent applications to help his clients protect the novel ornamental appearances of their physical hardware and software user interfaces. Sample representations include work to protect operating system user interfaces, computing hardware and user input devices used by millions of people today.
Outside of work for clients, Steve is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School, teaching their course on IP Pretrial Litigation Skills. Steve has also given speeches and presentations for a variety of organizations, such as the IEEE, ABA, Triangle Game Conference and U.S. Navy OGC, and has authored various articles and book chapters in the intellectual property field.
In his spare time, Steve enjoys entertaining his kids, and organizes a weekly pickup game of Ultimate.
Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1995, and has been with Banner Witcoff since receiving his Juris Doctor from the Temple University School of Law in 1998.
Steve is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and the United States Supreme Court.
The Ohio State University
1995, B.S., Electrical Engineering
Temple University Beasley School of Law
- 1999, District of Columbia
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Superior Court of the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Supreme Court