Steven M. Bauer specializes in resolving technology and life sciences disputes related to complex patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright and licensing matters. From the Firm's Boston office, he leads Proskauer’s Patent and Intellectual Property Group.
Steve’s focus is on the most complex technologies, for leaders in the electronics and life sciences industries. He has been lead counsel in cases involving smart phones and communications technology; surgical, medical, genetic and bio-molecular diagnostic, research and therapeutic technologies; satellite, cable, wireless, VoIP, RFID and SONET networks and protocols; data encryption and digital security; voice recognition and speech generation; lasers, optics and high-energy plasma devices; nano- and semiconductor materials; and lithium ion batteries and high-temperature superconductors.
Steve’s success has been recognized by his peers. 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," "results-oriented," "a great strategist," "a proven trial attorney," and "pragmatic and flexible." IAM 1000 reports that Steve is known as a “tenacious courtroom commando who can grasp the technical details of a particular patent matter to the same degree as the inventor.” Super Lawyers has put Steve among the "Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts," and the Benchmark Litigation guide to America's leading patent litigators noted that "some of his patent victories have been astonishing."
Steve’s practice is international – he has tried cases in every major U.S. forum, including Massachusetts, California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Delaware and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Steve represents clients throughout the world, and has appeared in more than 30 cases in the Eastern District of Texas. Steve's clients who have either won in trial or settled favorably after a significant judicial opinion, have included American Honda, Analog Devices, Argonne National Laboratory, Celgene, Cox Communications, Endeca Technologies (acquired by Oracle), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MKS Instruments, Inc., MobileMedia Ideas, Payless ShoeSource, SeaChange International and Transamerica Life Insurance.
Steve started his legal career as a law clerk and technical advisor to Judge Philip Nichols, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has since argued over 15 times to the Federal Circuit in Washington, often being called on to argue an appeal where another law firm had tried the case below. Steve has translated his experience as a law clerk and judicial advocate to arbitrations, where he retained to act as the arbitrator in disputes in the U.S. and abroad, relating to technically complex license and patent matters. Steve has been selected as an arbitrator for matters administered by the American Arbitration Association, the German Institution of Arbitration and the International Chamber of Commerce. Steve now serves as vice-chair of the Arbitration Committee of AIPPI, the international patent bar association.
Steve focuses much of his time on the Boston entrepreneurship ecosystem. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at MIT since 2012, teaching MIT’s 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, an overseer of the Huntington Theater Company, on the dean’s advisory board of Boston University Law School and on the board for the Boston Patent Inn of Court.
Steve 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 was an Adjunct Professor at Boston University School of Law for fifteen years, where he taught trial advocacy and patent and computer law courses.