Steve Bauer specializes in resolving technology and life sciences disputes related to complex patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright and licensing matters, either as an advocate for his client, or as a neutral at two adversaries’ request. Steve has been lead trial counsel in over 30 trials, in every major U.S. forum, and has argued more than a dozen appeals at the Federal Circuit. He is known for his dedication to helping find the best business resolution for his client in every matter.
During his 17 years at Proskauer, Steve has been co-chair of the Firm’s Patent and Intellectual Property Groups, he was elected to the Firm’s 7-member Executive Committee, co-chaired the Firm’s Litigation Department, and headed the Firm’s Boston office. Steve is also a member of the Firm’s International Arbitration practice.
Steve has been retained by clients for the most complex matters. For over three decades, he has represented businesses and universities in the technology and life sciences fields, such as Amgen, Analog Devices, Celgene, Cox Communications, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oracle, Oxford Immunotec, and Transamerica Life Insurance. Steve’s matters have ranged from smart phones and communications technology; to surgical, medical, genetic and bio-molecular diagnostic, research and therapeutic technologies. He has been lead counsel in cases involving proton beam therapy; DNA sequencing; high-energy plasma devices; nano- and semiconductor materials, lithium ion battery chemistry; high-temperature superconductors; and voice recognition and speech generation.
Steve’s experience with alternative dispute resolution (ADR) spans continents. He is vice-chair of the ADR Committee of AIPPI, the international organization for intellectual property lawyers. He has been lead counsel for a party in over 30 formal mediations, and has been retained as a party advocate or a neutral arbitrator in more than 20 arbitrations, including in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Steve’s success has been recognized by his peers and across industry publications. Chambers USA ranks Steve as one of Boston's top-five IP trial lawyers, noting his “stellar reputation for achieving outstanding results,” that he is "pragmatic and flexible," and that he is "a great strategist" and "proven trial attorney." IAM 1000 reports that Steve “can grasp the technical details of a particular patent matter to the same degree as the inventor.” Super Lawyers has listed Steve among the "Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts," and the Benchmark Litigation guide to America's leading patent lawyers noted that "some of his patent victories have been astonishing."
Steve has been a Visiting Lecturer at MIT since 2012, teaching MIT’s course on patents and intellectual property in the School of Engineering. Before that, he was an Adjunct Professor for 17 years at Boston University School of Law.