Steven S. Payne


American University Law School, JD, 1989
University of Virginia, BS in Electrical Engineering, 1986


Steven S. Payne has broad expertise in intellectual property matters included involvement in all phases of the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and advising a diverse clientele, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors, on a wide range of intellectual property issues. Representative technologies included telecommunications, satellite communications, computer software, e-commerce and Internet-related technologies, image manipulations systems, signal processing, computer hardware and electromechanical devices for major clients such as Ericsson, Sony Ericsson, Phillips, IKEA and others.

Mr. Payne worked for Banner & Witcoff, drafted and prosecuted patent applications and provided intellectual property counseling, primarily in electrical and computer-related fields, for global companies, including Microsoft, AT&T, Lucent and Toshiba, prepared appeal briefs and argued appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, developed special expertise in pre-litigation counseling and preparing validity, infringement and patentability opinions for U.S. and foreign clients, and participated in patent infringement litigation in U.S. District courts, including all phases of discovery and trial preparation.

Mr. Payne also worked for Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis, drafted and prosecuted patent applications, with emphasis on applications relating to telecommunication systems (including wireless, cellular, and ATM systems), coding for data transmission, computer systems and medical software, prosecuted reexamination applications in the U.S. Patent Office, and prepared validity and infringement opinions and foreign filing advisory opinions. Mr. Payne has experienced in foreign practices included overseeing the prosecution of numerous patent applications before the European Patent Office and in various foreign countries, particularly Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Mr. Payne is a senior patent attorney of the firm.


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
District of Columbia

Representative Publications

Differences Between U.S. and European Patent Laws, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 2007
What Every Engineer Should Know About U.S. Patents, Stockholm, Sweden, March 2005
Obtaining Patents on Business Methods in the United States, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2004
The Nuts and Bolts of Basic Patent Prosecution, Malmo, Sweden, May 2003
Important Intellectual Property Issues for In-House Counsel, Houston, Texas, April 2000