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Stephen Michael Nipper

also known as Steve Nipper, Steven Nipper

About me

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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Practice areas


  1. Patent Application: 50%
    17 years
  2. Trademark Application: 35%
    17 years
  3. Licensing: 10%
    17 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 5%
    17 years



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  • J. Matt Buchanan

    Steve has wonderful depth of experience with prosecution of trademark registration applications. He deftly handles routine and nuanced prosecution issues alike, and is our go-to senior expert in the firm.


    J. Matt Buchanan Patent Application Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Buchanan Nipper LLC

929 S. Allante Place
Boise, ID, 83709


IDAuthorized to practice law199811/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Service to the Legal Community and Public AwardIdaho State Bar2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Trademark LawUniversity of Idaho, College of Law2013 - Present
PartnerBuchanan Nipper LLC2010 - Present
PartnerDykas, Shaver & Nipper, LLP1999 - 2010
AttorneyPedersen & Co.1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Trademark AssociationMember2015 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2014 - Present
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual PropertyMember2014 - Present
Idaho State Bar, Law Practice Management SectionChairman2005 - 2007
National Association of Patent PractitionersMember2005 - Present
Idaho State Bar, Intellectual Property Law SectionChairman2003 - 2004
Idaho State BarMember1998 - Present
Idaho State Bar, Intellectual Property Law SectionMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Callicrate v. Wadsworth Mfg.Jury found all of the asserted claims anticipated, obvious, and not infringed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Advocate (Official Publication of the Idaho State Bar)Olympic Fever – Counseling Your Clients About Avoiding Unlicensed Use of Olympic Trademarks2008
The Advocate (Official Publication of the Idaho State Bar)Counseling Clients About Invention Promotion Companies2007
The Advocate (Official Publication of the Idaho State Bar)Trademark Considerations and Business Entity Registration2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Illinois University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Truman State UniversityBiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dunes CLETips and Tricks for Expediting Examination of Your Clients’ Cases2008

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