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Background

Nick Stephens is an Associate in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson, where his practice focuses on patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings, and client counseling.  Mr. Stephens is experienced working with a range of clients – from startups to Fortune 50 companies – to implement intellectual property strategies that meet their specific business objectives.  In the course of his practice, Mr. Stephens has gained substantial experience working across a wide range of software, hardware, mechanical, and medical device technologies, including in the fields of web security design, cloud computing, machine learning, speech recognition, human-machine interfaces, telecommunications, database design, CPAP and respiratory devices, and medical diagnostic equipment.  Mr. Stephens also enjoys working with pro bono clients in both patent and non-patent matters, including immigration work.  Prior to joining the firm, he was a Systems Engineer and intern with Rockwell Collins (2008-2010) and an Engineering Co-op with General Electric (2005-2007).

Education

J.D., University of Iowa College of Law 2012
Contributing Editor, Iowa Law Review
with high distinction, Order of the Coif


B.S., Purdue University 2008
Electrical Engineering
with highest distinction

Admissions

  • Minnesota 2012

Other Distinctions

Selected Publications
Nicholas W. Stephens, Note, From Forest Group to the America Invents Act: False Patent Marking Comes Full Circle, 97 IOWA L. REV. 1003 (2012).

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