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Education

  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, cum laude, 2000

    Editor-in-Chief of Legislative Journal
  • B.A., Rutgers University, Physics
  • B.A., Florida Atlantic University, Music

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Memberships & Affiliations

New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA)

New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA)

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Bar Association, Trials Committee

Steven E. Halpern

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  • T: 973.848.8623
    F: 973.297.3762

Steven Halpern maintains an intellectual property practice with an emphasis on the procurement, management, and enforcement of domestic and international intellectual property (IP) rights. He has been with the firm for over a decade, and his practice focuses on patent prosecution and portfolio management, IP-related agreements, due diligence, and opinions of counsel concerning freedom-to-operate assessments, invalidity, and infringement. Steven works closely with both engineers and senior corporate management to craft and implement appropriate product development protocols concerning the mining of client patent rights and the design of client products in view of the patents of competitors.

Steven brings a diverse physics background to the table with substantial experience in pumps, water systems, filtration, and sanitization, commercial and residential automation, control, power electronics, and motors, valves, fittings, and flow control, optics and lighting, industrial design, packaging and assembly line machinery, heating systems, radar systems, medical devices, software, computer and data communications, and other technologies.

Steven has deep and broad experience with post-grant patent proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, having successfully provided lead counsel through final written decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and on appeal from the Board to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Steven personally oversees and involves himself each step of the way in assailing the validity of troublesome patents, from the identification of key “prior art,” to the strategic development and implementation of the invalidity strategy, and through to oral argument and briefing before the Board and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Steven routinely works with expert witnesses in these matters and has been involved with numerous post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review, inter partes reexamination, ex parte reexamination, reissue, covered business method patents, appeals, and parallel patent litigation in the federal district courts.

Example Post-Grant Patent Office Proceedings Include:

  • Inter Partes Review Case No. IPR2013-00287 (U.S. Pat. No. 7,704,051) (concerning motor control applications for DSP’s and μC’s);
  • Inter Partes Review Case No. IPR2013-00285 (U.S. Pat. No. 8,019,479) (concerning pump priming technology);
  • Inter Partes Reexamination Control No. 95/002,086 (U.S. Pat. No. 7,985,302) (concerning cleaning devices for luer ports and other medical implements);
  • Inter Partes Reexamination Control No. 95/002,005 (U.S. Pat. No. 7,857,600) (concerning PFC rectifiers and load fault detection for variable speed drives); and
  • Ex Parte Reexamination Control No. 90/012,955 (U.S. Pat. No. 6,026,804) (concerning heat exchanger technology).

Steven’s patent prosecution practice is complemented by his hands-on experience with post-grant proceedings and challenging overly-broad patent claims. Steven is attuned to the need of today’s patent applicants to obtain patent claims that are appropriately broad, yet resilient to today's wide-array of post-grant mechanisms for challenging patent validity.

Steven is also a proud father of a eight-year-old son and an avid guitar player.

Speaking

05/11/12
05/29/03
Patent, Trademark & Copyright Update
CPEs for CPAs, Doylestown, PA

Publications

04/23/07
Expedited Procedures in the United States May Facilitate Quick Patents
Terralex IP Newsletter - 15th Edition
01/03/05
Patenting DNA-Related Inventions in the European Union, United States and Japan: A Trilateral Approach or a Study in Contrast?
7 No. 1 ULCA Journal of Law & Technology
01/01/04
The First Amendment Shield to Software Regulation, 8 No. 1
Journal of Internet Law 19
07/29/02
Will the Supreme Court's Festo Decision Mean Substantial Changes in the Practice of Patent Law?
New York Law Journal