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Dr. Steven Peters is an associate in McKool Smith’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses on complex technical issues in patent litigation and he has extensive experience in post-grant proceedings in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Steven attended George Washington University Law School and received his J.D. in 2020. Upon graduation, he was awarded with the Peter D. Rosenberg Prize in Patent & Intellectual Property Law, an award given to students that demonstrated highest excellence in patent and intellectual property law studies. Steven also has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin focusing on wireless communication.

Throughout his career Steven has worked on wide variety of technologies, including wireless communication (3G, 4G, 5G), machine learning, cryptography, compression, pattern recognition, image processing, networking, signal processing, magnetic storage, LDPC and turbo coding, software, circuit design, and semiconductor fabrication.

Prior to his legal career, Steven co-founded Kuma Signals in 2009. The company administered research contracts with a variety of public and private clients including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and the NSA. He also served as a technical advisor to a Fortune 500 company on matters related to LTE and WiMax-related patents.

Steven has held memberships in the PTAB Bar Association, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Eta Kappa Nu, and IEEE.

Experience

Representative Matters

Prior to joining the firm:

  • Carnegie Mellon University v. LSI Corp., Case No. 3:18-cv-04571-JD (N.D. Cal.)
    Result: Partial Summary Judgment of Implied License; Administratively closed pending outcome of breach-of-contract case with co-inventor
    Role: Technical advisor and associate attorney, developed invalidity and non-infringement strategies; Second chair of depositions with expert and co-inventor; drafted various discovery documents including third party subpoenas
  • TexasLDPC Inc. v. Broadcom Corp., Case No. 1:18-cv-01966-SB (D. Del.)
    Result: Case ongoing
    Role: Technical advisor and associate attorney; developed technical strategies; performed legal research on non-patent issues; drafted various legal documents including Answer to Complaint and third party subpoena.

Affiliations

Community & Professional Activities

  • PTAB Bar Association, Editor of the PTAB Desk for the PTAB Roundup newsletter
    (2016-17)
  • Memberships held in PTAB Bar Association, IEEE, and American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Education

J.D., with highest honors, George Washington University Law School, 2020

  • Peter D. Rosenberg Prize in Patent & Intellectual Property Law
  • Law Review Member/Associate
  • George Washington Scholar

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Texas, 2013

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Texas, 2007

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2005

B.S., Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2005

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia (admitted under D.C. App. R. 46-A (Emergency Examination Waiver) and supervised by one or more D.C. Bar members)
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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