Seven Things Engineering Leaders Should Know About Patent Law

Oct 19, 2017 · Palo Alto, United States of America

Engineers create and build. We move ideas from the realm of possibility into the world of real products and services.

What is the law that applies to these ideas? Who owns them? What value do they have?  What can you do with them? Both startups and established companies have a serious interest in the care and protection of new ideas. How is it done? How do we know when we’ve done something patentable?


Steven A. Swernofsky is an electrical and software engineer turned, 25 years ago, patent attorney. He focuses on maximizing the value clients obtain for their legal dollars, obtaining and litigating patents. This includes advising on how to best protect new ideas, growing and managing patent portfolios, advising on litigation, and licensing intellectual property. Steve is Managing Director at Los Altos Law, which regularly teams with inventors and in-house legal departments, as well as key executives, investors, and other litigation counsel, to protect intellectual property and promote business interests. His patents have been successfully sued on by major companies for multiple millions of dollars.

To the engineering that launched his career in tech, Mr. Swernofsky earned a BS from MIT, where he studied electrical engineering and computer science, with emphasis on computer networking, security, and artificial intelligence. He worked at MITRE and BBN in those fields before he attended law school at UCLA,

Steve's practice has led him to a wide range of high technology fields, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, bioinformatics and computational chemistry, wired and wireless computer networking, analog and digital circuit design, microprocessor design, semiconductor design and manufacturing, medical devices and instruments, speaker and and robotics. He is also enrolled as an arbitrator with FINRA.


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