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Steve Wentsler was a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for over three years prior to entering the practice of law. For over 15 years, Steve has gained extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patents in the mechanical, electro-mechanical, glass manufacturing and ceramic arts industries.
Steve’s domestic patent practice includes preparing original patent applications for filing in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has particular experience drafting applications that will also be subsequently filed in various foreign countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and countries of Europe.
In addition, Steve’s domestic patent practice includes prosecuting patent applications by responding to office actions from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has extensive experience prosecuting patents that he originally prepared as well as prosecuting national phase applications and convention applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
He has prepared numerous opinions regarding patent infringement and patent validity for his corporate clients. He frequently suggests design changes to avoid patent infringement concerns. His practice also includes conducting market clearance and due diligence investigations.
Steve’s foreign patent practice includes significant experience responding to office actions from the Japan Patent Office, the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, and the European Patent Office.
Steve frequently speaks, both domestically and internationally, on topics of U.S. patent practice and procedure. He has spoken at events hosted by FICPI (Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle), AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association), and CIPLA (Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association).
Steve is a member of FICPI and currently serves as a Council Member of the U.S. Section. He is also a member of AIPLA (IP Practice in Japan Committee, IP Practice in the Far East Committee), and CIPLA.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1997||03/31/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers In Northeast Ohio - Intellectual Property||Best Lawyers||2016|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association||Member||N/A|
|Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association||Member||N/A|
|FÃ©dÃ©ration Internationale des Conseils en PropriÃ©tÃ© Industrielle (FICPI)||Council Member - United States||N/A|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association||Member - IP Practice in Japan and Far East Committees||N/A|
|Syracuse University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Franklin Pierce Law Center||N/A||N/A||1994|
|University of Cincinnati||Mechanical Engineering||BS - Bachelor of Science||1993|
|AIPLA IP Practice in Japan Committee Meeting||Claim Drafting Tips post-Biosig and Williamson||2015|
|IP Practice in the Far East Delegation - Korea Patent Attorneys Association||USPTO Proposal to Require Identification of Patent Owners||2014|
|FICPI Kyoto Symposium||Description Requirements in the United States||2014|
|CIPLA CLE Presentation||Changes in Patent Practice: Submission of Prior Art under the AIA and New Appeal Rules||2012|
|AIPLA IP Practice in Japan Committee Meeting||USPTO Implementation of Obviousness Guidelines||2011|
|IP Practice in the Far East Committee Delegation - Korea Patent Attorneys Association||New Initiatives for the USPTO under Director Kappos||2010|
|FICPI ABC Meeting||U.S. Patent Prosecution: Examiner's Perspective; Update on U.S. Patent Law Reform||2010|
|IP Practice in Japan Committee Delegation - Japan Patent Office||Pros and Cons of Accelerated Examination at the USPTO||2009|
|AIPLA IP Practice in Japan Committee Meeting||USPTO Rules Update: Status of the Rules Changes||2008|
|CIPLA CLE Presentation||Best Practice Strategies in View of the USPTO Revised Rules of Practice||2007|