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Steven Katz works closely with his clients to solve their most intractable intellectual property issues. Primarily, Mr. Katz leads patent litigations, where he has successfully defended both large and small clients in patent disputes. For example, Mr. Katz recently obtained summary judgment of non-infringement in a suit targeting a substantial portion of a Fortune 50 company. Mr. Katz has also successfully defended bet-the-company patent litigations for smaller companies where patents were asserted against the entire product line of the companies. In each matter, Mr. Katz works closely with the clients to devise winning strategies, which typically includes fighting for and obtaining early litigation victories to bring about favorable settlements.

Mr. Katz routinely argues at Markman hearings, the key event in any patent litigation, and has a winning track record of presenting claim construction arguments in an easy-to-understand manner that delivers positive results for his clients. He also develops and presents technology tutorials to federal judges in connection with the Markman hearings.

Mr. Katz counsels clients in advance of litigation concerning patent disputes and patent portfolio development, and when necessary, he helps clients negotiate patent licenses to avoid litigation. Mr. Katz also leads due diligence projects in connection with patent acquisitions and patent assertions.

Mr. Katz is a passionate and zealous advocate for every client and tailors his advice and strategy based on each client’s unique business and business objectives. Mr. Katz also prides himself on mastering the technology of each client so that he can devise the most effective strategy for each IP dispute.

Mr. Katz practices in federal courts throughout the country, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation, before the International Trade Commission in Section 337 proceedings, and before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Katz also practices before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in inter partes review proceedings.

Mr. Katz has experience in a wide range of technologies, ranging from telecommunications and networking to medical devices. Mr. Katz’s experience spans operating systems, digital signal processors, telecommunication standards, semiconductors, LED technologies, robotics, consumer devices, surgical instruments, cryptography, seismic detection, digital television, e-commerce systems, image processing, electronic circuits, and enterprise and consumer software.

Mr. Katz has also served as an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law where he taught Trial Advocacy.

Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, Mr. Katz was a law clerk for Judge Lourie of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Katz was a practicing electrical engineer and circuit designer for Telecommunications Techniques Corporation, a leading supplier of digital telecommunication circuit analyzers.


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


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


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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