Stephen Durant is a shareholder in the law firm Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., San Jose, California. He has written and prosecuted patents in a wide range of technologies including software, computers, electronic circuits, holography, MEMS, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, microprocessors, wired and wireless telecommunication devices, network architectures, database software, electronic design automation, disk drives, Internet software, motion picture animation, computer graphics processing and business methods. His practice is devoted to developing intellectual property portfolios aligned with business goals; enforcement and litigation strategy involving infringement, non-infringement and invalidity analyses, reexaminations and reissues; IP due diligence directed to financings, mergers & acquisitions and licensing; working with business managers to maximize portfolio value; assessing, avoiding and responding to third-party IP threats; and providing legal opinions. His experience also includes advising companies on copyright, trademark, trade secret and licensing. He has represented numerous high-technology clients including start-ups, emerging companies, public companies and universities in technology-related IP issues. Steve held leadership roles in the formation of the patent prosecution practices at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and later at Morrison Foerster in San Francisco. Steve was a partner at each of those law firms. Steve worked in-house at the Hughes Aircraft Company, Space & Communications Group, in El Segundo, CA in the mid 80’s. Mr. Durant is a graduate of Cornell Law School, J.D, 1981 and University of Notre Dame, B.S.E.E., 1978.
Areas of Practice:
President (1995), Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association
Arbitration/Mediation Committee, American Intellectual Property Association
San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
"Co-Editor, Electronics and Software Patents, Law and Practice, Third Edition, published by Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Washington, D.C., 2012 (Co-editor of first edition, 1999 and second edition 2005)”
Co-Chair, “How to Effectively Prosecute AIA Post-Grant Proceedings” Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, October 2012
Patentable Subject Matter Eligibility in the Aftermath of Bilski and Prometheus, Practicing Law Institute Patent Litigation, San Francisco, September 2012.
“Patent Practice in View of in re Bilski”, Practicing Law Institute's Patent Litigation 2009, San Francisco
“Prosecuting a Patent That Holds Up in Litigation," Practicing Law Institute's Patent Litigation 2005-2008, San Francisco
"Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2008: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting and Amendment Writing," Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, July 2008