Patent Office Practice

Steptoe has significant experience in all areas of practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  We are involved at the initial stages of evaluating technology for patent portfolio development strategies, assessing patentability, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, and analyzing patents for enforcement opportunities. We handle some of the most complex procedures before the USPTO, such as ex parte reexaminations, inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (including covered business method (CBM) petitions), interferences, supplemental examinations, and reissues.   

Patent Prosecution – Many of our lawyers are registered to practice in front of the USPTO.  Our patent attorneys and patent agents have science and engineering backgrounds, and many hold advanced degrees in their technical fields, and also have litigation experience that enables them to provide strategic perspective and highest quality work by prosecuting applications with an eye toward enforcement.

Post-Grant Proceedings – Our lawyers have experience representing patent owners and petitioners in IPR and covered business methods post-grant review proceedings. Steptoe was one of the first law firms to file petitions for IPR in September 2012.  We use our diverse prosecution and litigation experience to secure meaningful results for our clients.  See our experience in post-grant proceedings.