Technically speaking, Steve Levine is an intellectual property attorney whose experience is deeply rooted in patent, trademark and copyright counseling and business transactions. He represents clients in the Patent and Trademark, and Copyright Offices, as well as federal courts.
But look a little closer, and you’ll find someone who started out as a tinkerer before becoming an engineering student. When his career changed to law, he had the good fortune of starting work at the same time intellectual property law began to evolve into what it is today.
Throughout his 25-plus years as a patent attorney, Steve has drawn on his own electrical engineering background to assist learned inventors in the securing and protection of several hundreds of patents involving:
Why do clients place their trust in Steve? Well, in addition to his legal knowledge, his engineering background means he not only speaks, but also fluently understands, their language. He even interned for NASA’s space program – twice! In fact, we suspect if you were to dig deeply enough into his briefcase, you might even find a slide rule or some batch punched cards.
Steve has represented clients not only in securing patents, but also on both sides of patent claims in court. His co-counsel litigation experience includes subject matter such as military devices, electronic memories, large-scale software systems, consumer devices and design patents.
Steve’s practice also has involved a fair amount of trademark work, something that’s increasingly important in a world dominated by strong brands and consumer impressions. Indeed, for the last decade, he has acted as sole outside U.S. trademark counsel for a Fortune 250 company, a role in which he weekly interfaces with the corporation’s marketing personnel and with co-counsel across the world.
For 21 years, he even ran his own law firm. Now at Carrington, he has the ability to assemble and work with teams of lawyers from various practices and backgrounds, providing clients the best service possible.
Here’s why that matters. Complementing his technical beginnings, Steve has evolved to speak at least three languages: technical, marketing and legal. In a room of multiple disciplines, or with a client, reader, witness or juror, Steve is a guy who’s comfortable with everyone and is often an interpreter for many. And – most of all – someone who can bridge the gap between technology, branding and law.
Drafted and/or prosecuted hundreds of patent applications over a 25-year period for a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company. Comparable legal work for myriad midsize companies and individual inventors. Outside counsel managing domestic and foreign trademark portfolio for a Fortune 250 corporation. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office inter partes proceedings. Pleadings, motion practice and discovery in both offensive and defensive representation in both utility and design patents.
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law J.D., 1988 The University of Texas at Austin B.S., Electrical Engineering, with honors, 1985
Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society Eta Kappa Nu, international electrical and computer engineering honor society of the IEEE
Texas, 1988 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1989 U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas
State Bar of Texas (Intellectual Property Section)