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Background

Steven R. Katz is a principal in Fish & Richardson’s Boston office, where he represents both large and small clients, from fortune 500 companies to startups, in high stakes intellectual property litigation. His practice focuses on patent litigation in federal courts throughout the country and before the International Trade Commission. He also routinely counsels clients on intellectual property issues, and assists clients in intellectual property licensing and resolving intellectual property disputes using alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Katz is also a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and represents clients in Inter Partes Review procedures before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Katz has a focus in a variety of technical fields including wireless communications (including HSDPA, LTE, and CDMA), wireline communications (including SONET, T-Carrier, ATM), medical devices (including surgical robots), image processing, communications systems, digital television, seismic survey equipment, enterprise and consumer software, e-commerce systems, cryptography and secure systems, semiconductors, and mechanical and consumer devices. 

Mr. Katz routinely argues at claim construction hearings on behalf of his clients and has participated in various jury trials in the federal district courts and hearings before the International Trade Commission.  In addition, Mr. Katz was an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law where he taught Trial Advocacy.

Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, he clerked for the Honorable Judge Lourie on the United States Court Of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. 

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Katz was a circuit designer and then project manager for Telecommunications Techniques Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high speed telecommunication line analysis equipment.

Education

J.D., Columbia University Law School 1995
Staff Editor, Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the ArtsHarlan Fiske Stone Scholar


M.S., Johns Hopkins University 1992
Electrical Engineering


B.S., University of Pennsylvania 1988
Electrical Engineering
magna cum laude

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1999
  • New York 1996
  • Massachusetts 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Clerkships

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Alan D. Lourie, 1996 - 1998

Other Distinctions

Instructor, National Institutes of Trial Advocacy, Regional Trial Skills Course

Adjunct Professor, Boston University School of Law, Trial Advocacy

“Negotiating Arbitration Clauses for Patent Disputes,” The Resolver, Federal Bar Association, Spring 2016.

“Uniloc: The 25% Rule and the Entire Market Value Rule,” Boston Breakfast Series, Boston, Massachusetts, April, 2011.

“Patent Damages: Recent Developments and their Impact on Patent Valuation,” Fish & Richardson P.C. Intellectual Property Seminar, Munich, Germany, 2011.

“Claim Drafting – A Litigator’s Perspective,” Fish & Richardson P.C. Intellectual Property Seminar, Munich, Germany, 2010.

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