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Donald R. Steinberg

Partner

Chair, Intellectual Property Department

Steinberg, Donald R.

Don Steinberg’s practice focuses on advising clients on intellectual property matters, obtaining patent and trademark protection, intellectual property litigation, and post-grant proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Office. His clients include designers and developers of microprocessors and other analog, digital and mixed signal devices; networking systems; video games; internet-based applications; computer security; financial services; and medical devices.

Mr. Steinberg has experience with patent and copyright litigation in the federal courts, involving various aspects of computer software and hardware, computer networking, electronic devices, wireless communications, video compression, semiconductor manufacturing and computer security.

He has worked on numerous contested proceedings within the Patent Office, including inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM), and ex parte and inter partes re-examination proceedings representing both petitioners and patent owners. His recent experience includes being the lead attorney in four CBM trials against a non-practicing entity that resulted in the Board invalidating all claims of the four patents.

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States for intellectual property: patent litigation: ITC, intellectual property: patent litigation: full coverage, and intellectual property: trade secrets
  • Recognized as a 2005-2013 Massachusetts leader in the intellectual property field by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer” (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer”) in each edition of Boston Magazine since 2004
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2013-2017 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for his communications law, litigation: intellectual property, patent law and copyright law practices
  • Selected as a 2013-2016 IP Star by Managing IP, a guidebook that identifies leading IP lawyers in the United States

Professional Activities

Mr. Steinberg is a member of the Patent Law Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). In 2004 and 2005, he taught a seminar on current issues in patent law as an adjunct faculty member of the New England School of Law.

Practices

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Education

JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1988

BSE, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1984, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Clerkships

The Hon. Martin F. Loughlin, US District Court for the District of New Hampshire, 1988 - 1989

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