Steven C. Carlson

Steven C. Carlson is a first chair 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. He offers strategic advice for companies to strengthen their IP portfolios, and litigates cases and counsels clients in matters involving trademark, copyright, products liability, and fraud.

Steven is 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. He also co-authored the book Patents in Germany and Europe: Procurement, Enforcement, and Defense.  In addition, Steven has co-authored “Patent Case Management Judicial Guide,” for the Federal Judicial Center, as well as “Patents in Germany and Europe: Procurement, Enforcement and Defense: A Handbook for American Lawyers,” Wolters Kluwer.  He also authored “IP Enforcement 101,” a chapter in “The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap: From Concept to IPO,” for the New York Stock Exchange.

Steven regularly speaks on intellectual property topics, including "Privilege Ethics," at the Advanced Patent Law Institute, and "Disclosing Secrets Under NDA:  Are You Protected?," and “The Story of Invention: Strong Patents Through Good Laboratory Notebook Practices,” at consecutive Bay Area In-House Med-Tech Association (BAIMA) Seminars.

Steven served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roderick R. McKelvie in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and to the Honorable Paul R. Michel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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.