also known as Steve Nipper, Steven Nipper
I am a registered patent attorney and a founding partner at Buchanan Nipper. I am admitted to practice in the State of Idaho, and work out of our Idaho office. I have spent my entire legal career working in intellectual property law.
I handle a wide variety of patent and trademark work, including counseling clients on means of protection, preparation and filing of applications, prosecution, and licensing. My main background and experience is in the mechanical arts, including agricultural technology, and the biological sciences.
I am the author of The Invent Blog®, one of the oldest patent law blogs. The Invent Blog® covers technology tips, intellectual property news, and information relevant to independent inventors, small businesses, and the attorneys that serve them.
I decided when I began my career, that watching my kids grow up was more important than working 80 hours a week in a big city high rise. Balancing a successful career with being home at night to help my kids with their homework remains an important goal for me. You should see the science projects my kids turn in!
The first dozen years I practiced law, I worked in small patent law firms for small business and independent inventor clients. I couldn’t have asked for better experience…particularly the years I spent litigating. While I have no interest in ever again being a litigator, knowing how litigators think made me a considerably better prosecutor.
If you see me wearing a tie, it is probably a day when I “attorney-coach” a local high school’s mock trial teams. It isn’t often you see people truly excited about our legal system (most attorneys would do something else if they could), and their excitement is infectious. Plus, they are amazing performers who would easily beat most attorneys. That fact is one of the most encouraging things you’ll ever see.
I enjoy camping with my family, it is one of the “perks” of living in Idaho. I’m sorry if a few weekends a year you can’t reach me on my cell phone… When we’re not camping, I’m likely at a kid’s soccer game, working in the yard, gardening, or working on one of the four different remodeling projects we have going on at any one time.
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|ID||Authorized to practice law||1998||11/12/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Outstanding Service to the Legal Community and Public Award||Idaho State Bar||2005|
|Adjunct Clinical Professor of Trademark Law||University of Idaho, College of Law||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Buchanan Nipper LLC||2010 - Present|
|Partner||Dykas, Shaver & Nipper, LLP||1999 - 2010|
|Attorney||Pedersen & Co.||1998 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|International Trademark Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property||Member||2014 - Present|
|Idaho State Bar, Law Practice Management Section||Chairman||2005 - 2007|
|National Association of Patent Practitioners||Member||2005 - Present|
|Idaho State Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section||Chairman||2003 - 2004|
|Idaho State Bar||Member||1998 - Present|
|Idaho State Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section||Member||1998 - Present|
|Callicrate v. Wadsworth Mfg.||Jury found all of the asserted claims anticipated, obvious, and not infringed.|
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|The Advocate (Official Publication of the Idaho State Bar)||Olympic Fever – Counseling Your Clients About Avoiding Unlicensed Use of Olympic Trademarks||2008|
|The Advocate (Official Publication of the Idaho State Bar)||Counseling Clients About Invention Promotion Companies||2007|
|The Advocate (Official Publication of the Idaho State Bar)||Trademark Considerations and Business Entity Registration||2006|
|Southern Illinois University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Truman State University||Biology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1994|
|Dunes CLE||Tips and Tricks for Expediting Examination of Your Clients’ Cases||2008|