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Michael J. Steger • Partner


Mr. Steger focuses his practice on client counseling in all phases of preparation and prosecution of patent applications, including appellate practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences). Mr. Steger has extensive experience representing both domestic and non-domestic Fortune 500 companies, as well as individual inventors. Mr. Steger has written over one hundred patent applications, prosecuted hundreds of others, and has prepared opinions concerning patentability, infringement, and freedom-to-operate. Mr. Steger also counsels clients regarding patent portfolio strategy, and he has developed strategies tailored for each individual client’s specific needs.

Mr. Steger holds a Juris Doctor from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Steger is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a registered agent in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Practice Highlights & Technologies

Mr. Steger’s particular technical expertise covers a wide variety of highly-technical subject matter, including telecommunication systems, mobile devices, networking, cloud computing, computer software, data encryption, video games, data processors, social networking, collaborative filtering, behavioral modeling, GPS technologies, integrated circuits, semiconductors, semiconductor processing, optics, imaging devices, exposure methodologies, laser printers, facsimile devices, automotive components and systems, power tools, security systems, medical devices, LCD, LED and OLED display technologies, HVAC systems, cosmetics packaging, and golf equipment.