Steven C. Carlson, the managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office, is an intellectual property litigator with a focus on patent and trade secret disputes. He litigates cases through trial in fields across the technology spectrum, representing high-tech, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies before district courts, appellate courts and the International Trade Commission. Steven also offers strategic advice for companies to strengthen their IP portfolios.
Steven is highlighted in the 2014-2015 editions of The Legal 500 in the “Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation: Full Coverage” practice area, and was named a “Rising Star” for intellectual property litigation by Super Lawyers from 2009-2011. He is a co-author of the book Patents in Germany and Europe: Procurement, Enforcement, and Defense; and a co-author of the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, which is published by the Federal Judicial Center and provided to all federal judges as a best practices guide for handling patent cases.
Steven served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roderick R. McKelvie in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (1999-2000) and to the Honorable Paul R. Michel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2000-2001).
Steven is serving as an adjunct lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law teaching a patent litigation class focused on Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings. He previously volunteered in the United States Peace Corps in Morocco from 1993-1996, where he directed health and sanitation programs in remote Berber villages. He continues to pursue those interests as a member of Rotary International.