Steven M. Bauer is a trial lawyer who practices exclusively in the areas of complex patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright and technology litigation. Based in the firm’s Boston office, he is co-chair of the firm’s global Litigation Department, and co-head of the firm’s Patent Litigation Group. He has also been the managing partner of the firm’s Boston office and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Steve has been listed three years in a row as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts" and Chambers USA has consistently ranked Steve as one of only six "Band 1" patent litigators in Boston, noting his reputation as "the litigator that clients want" and that clients call him "results-oriented," "a great strategist," "a proven trial attorney," and "pragmatic and flexible." The Benchmark Litigation guide to America’s leading litigators has stated that "some of his patent victories have been astonishing." Steve has tried cases in every major U.S. forum, including Massachusetts, California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Delaware and the International Trade Commission. Steve has now appeared in over thirty, cases in the Eastern District of Texas, and also regularly argues appeals to the Federal Circuit.
Steve serves as lead trial counsel in cases involving the most complex technologies, including: smartphones; protocols used in satellite, cable, wireless, VoIP, RFID, and SONET networks; the algorithms used in voice recognition, speech generation, data encryption, and digital signal processing and error correction processes; lasers, optics, and high-energy plasma devices; surgical, medical, genetic and bio-molecular diagnostic, research and therapeutic tools and technologies; MEMS devices and semiconductor processing, nano-materials, polymers and high-temperature superconductors; and financial systems.
Steve’s clients include (or have recently included) American Honda, Analog Devices, Athenahealth, Brocade, Celgene, Cognex, Cox Communications, Endeca Technologies, GoerTek, Kohler Corp., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MKS Instruments, Inc., MobileMedia Ideas, Payless ShoeSource, Progress Software, SeaChange International, Sonus Networks, T-Mobile, and Transamerica Life Insurance.
Steve is also part of the MIT entrepreneurship ecosystem. He is a Visiting Lecturer at MIT, where he teaches 6.903, a full semester course on patents and intellectual property within the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering. He is also on the Roster of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, from which he is called upon to act as an arbitrator in disputes in the U.S. and abroad, relating to technically complex license and patent matters. Steve has also been an arbitrator for matters administered by the German Institution of Arbitration and the International Chamber of Commerce, and is vice-chair of the Arbitration Committee of the AIPPI (the leading international patent law group).
Steve regularly speaks to some of the leading industry and academic groups involved with patent policy, and has been quoted in the national press on intellectual property issues, including in The Economist, Nature, Associated Press, Forbes, and InfoWorld. He also has been a member of the Executive Committee of the United States chapter of the AIPPI; Vice Chair of the Litigation Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO); editor of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal; on the Board of Advisors of the Boston University Law School Science and Technology Journal; and he was an Adjunct Professor at Boston University School of Law for fifteen years, where he taught trial advocacy and patent and computer law courses.
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