Steven M. 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 mediator or arbitrator at two adversaries’ request. Steve’s goal in every new matter is to help his client find the best business resolution. From the Firm's Boston office, he leads Proskauer’s national Patent and Intellectual Property Group, and is a member of the Firm’s International Arbitration practice group.
As an advocate, 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. Over the course of his 35-year career, Steve has represented businesses and universities in the technology and life sciences fields, such as American Honda, Amgen, Analog Devices, Argonne National Laboratory, Celgene, Cox Communications, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oracle, Oxford Immunotec, Payless ShoeSource, RSA Security, and Transamerica Life Insurance. His 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 and high-temperature superconductors; and voice recognition and speech generation.
As a mediator and arbitrator, Steve’s practice is international. Steve is vice-chair of the ADR Committee of AIPPI, the international organization for intellectual property lawyers. He has been retained as a party advocate or a neutral arbitrator in arbitrations in France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Steve’s success has been recognized by his peers. Chambers USA has consistently ranked Steve as one of only a handful of "Band 1" IP lawyers in Boston, 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 started his career as a law clerk and technical advisor to Judge Philip Nichols, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
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. Steve is on the Board of Advisors of the Boston Museum of Science, and the Huntington Theater Company, and is presently (2020) the Counselor for the Boston Intellectual Property Inn of Court.