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 Boston office, he is co-chair of the firm's nationwide Litigation Department, and within it, co-head of the firm's Patent Litigation Group. He has also served on the firm's seven-member Executive Committee.
Chambers USA has consistently ranked Steve as one of only a handful of "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." SuperLawyers has identified Steve as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts" and The Benchmark Litigation guide to America's leading litigators has stated that "some of his patent victories have been astonishing." Steve’s practice is national – he has successfully tried cases in every major U.S. forum, including Massachusetts, California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Delaware and the International Trade Commission. Steve has appeared in more than 30 cases in the Eastern District of Texas, where he has been admitted. Steve is also a skilled appellate advocate for patent cases, having argued over 15 times to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington.
Steve’s cases typically involve complex technologies representing the current state of the art. He has been lead trial counsel in cases involving smart phones, tablets and e-Readers; satellite, cable, wireless, VoIP, RFID, and SONET networks and data protocols; voice recognition, speech generation, and data encryption; lasers, optics, and high-energy plasma devices; surgical, medical, genetic and bio-molecular diagnostic, research and therapeutic tools and technologies; semiconductor processing, nano-materials, polymers, lithium ion battery material, and high-temperature superconductors; and software, business and financial methods.
Steve's clients include (or have recently included) American Honda, Analog Devices, Argonne National Laboratory, Athenahealth, Brocade, Celgene, Cognex, Cox Communications, Endeca Technologies (acquired by Oracle), Kohler Corp., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MKS Instruments, Inc., MobileMedia Ideas, Oxford Immunotec, Payless ShoeSource, Progress Software, SeaChange International, Sonus Networks, T-Mobile, and Transamerica Life Insurance.
Steve is deeply involved in the Boston entrepreneurship ecosystem. He is a visiting lecturer at MIT, where he is now in his fifth year teaching a full semester course on patents and intellectual property to undergraduates in the MIT School of Engineering. He is an overseer of the Boston Museum of Science, on the dean’s advisory board of Boston University Law School, and on the board for the Boston Patent Inn of Court.
Steve is also on the Roster of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, from which he gets chosen 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 selected as an arbitrator for matters administered by the German Institution of Arbitration and the International Chamber of Commerce. Steve is vice-chair of the Arbitration Committee of AIPPI, the international patent bar association.
Steve has been quoted in the national press on intellectual property issues, in such places as The Economist, Nature, and Forbes. He 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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