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Steven W. Thrasher

Trademark application Attorney at Richardson, TX

5.0   5 reviews
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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1996
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Trademark application
    Full-service Brand Consulting. Word, Logo, Combination, Phrases, Stylizations, Three-Dimensional TMs, Perfumes, etc. Including trademark searches, and search result interpretations for Federal Registrations, State Registrations, & Common Law rights.

    26 years, 200 cases

  2. Copyright application
    Full-service creative protections. Member of ASCAP. Filing of Copyright Applications and accurately securing rights in artistic works and presentations.

    26 years, 100 cases

  3. Copyright infringement
    Both defending accused infringements as well as asserting infringements rights, under Copyright law, as well as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("second chair").

    21 years, 20 cases

  4. Patent application
    Full-service Invention Consulting Software, mechanical, electrical, electro-mechanical, chemical formulas, food products, games, processes, etc. Utility and Provisional, and Design Patent Applications. Including searches, result interpretations.

    26 years, 200 cases

  5. Patent infringement
    Both defending accused infringements as well as asserting infringements rights under the patent laws ("second chair"). Also, preparation of Claim Charts, strategies, and the like.

    26 years, 10 cases

  6. Trademark infringement
    Cease and desist letters, opposition proceedings, domain disputes, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Cancellation Proceedings, and Opposition Proceedings ("second chair").

    26 years, 20 cases

  7. Contracts and agreements
    Review of basic contracts, including licenses, franchise-related agreements, employee-related contracts/contractor agreements, particularly IP terms. Also, Terms of Service and Privacy Policies, etc. Includes negotiating License Agreements.

    26 years, 100 cases

  8. Corporate and incorporation
    Incorporating businesses and creating basic corporate documents (Texas, Nevada, and Deleware).

    16 years, 20 cases

  9. Intellectual property
    Non-Disclosure / Confidentiality Agreements, Trade Dress issues, Design Patents, and the like.

    26 years, 50 cases

  10. International law
    (Note: there is no such thing, broadly, as "international law"). Specializing in International Patent Agreements (WIPO, the Patent Cooperation Treaty, Paris Convention), Trademark and Copyright Treaties and Conventions (such as the Bern Convention).

    21 years, 50 cases

  11. Limited liability company (LLC)
    Creating LLCs and basic LLC documents (Texas, Nevada, and Deleware).

    16 years, 25 cases

  12. Partnership
    Creating Partnerships and basic partnership documents (Texas Only).

    16 years, 5 cases

  13. Venture capital
    Assisting with the review of financing agreements (from the view of funding recipients), and due diligence assistance (from all sides of the table).

    26 years, 12 cases


If one word describes you now, it's probably: "CHANGER" ... as in 'Game-Changer.'

Creative Hard-working Ambitious iNnovative Goal-minded Energetic & Resourceful 

("Passionate" is probably close behind) 

But, below the surface is another word: "CLOUD"

Confused  Late Overwhelmed Under-Resourced & Distracted.

You're pulled in two directions: all that is in you wants to fulfill a mission, but at the same time you've heard about the traps and dangers that scatter the road to your goal. 

Sure, you just want to get the legal stuff done -- out of your way -- and you don’t want to get stung by unexpected turns and costs.  But, you want more -- you want a guide who's been there before, and who can keep you on the right path until your journey is completed.

Whether this is your first serious start at an invention or a business, or your tenth, you’ve found the right place for you.  I'm an inventor with patents, and an entrepreneur who's had some nice successes (and, yes, some painful failures).  


You Need a System

By taking arrows in my back and stepping on traps (too many) during my journeys, I've learned a few things -- and over time I've built a system that I use to protect and monetize my own ideas. I've taught that same system to other inventors and entrepreneurs. Today, I’m fortunate to have clients who’ve received funding, made it on Shark Tank, and built successful enterprises.*

Since you’re here, I know you’re full of energy, and ready to start doing something real with your idea.  And, whether this is your first effort or your fiftieth, I'm confident that we can help you on your journey.  Your journey is our mission: we help game-changers --  inventors and entrepreneurs like you -- turn your ideas and knowledge into assets you'll use to bring your dreams to the world to change it, while saving you months of frustration and thousands of dollars.


Steve's Journey Begins as a Wide-Eyed Inventor 

So, you probably want to know a little about me? I’m Steven Thrasher, and I’m an inventor and entrepreneur. For over ten years my goal has been to help inventors and entrepreneurs like you avoid the pitfalls that caught me when I started inventing and creating businesses. 

My story starts back when I was a sophomore in college. I had a cool idea for an invention, but I needed some help getting it protected and launched. So, I hired one of those inventor assistance companies to guide me through what was to me then a new, confusing, and difficult process.

Like most college students, I didn’t have any savings. But, I had faith, energy, and a passion for bringing a cool idea to market. It was gripping(!) keeping me up all night for weeks! So, I took a gamble: I used all the money I had, including the balance of a credit card, to sign up.  I was going for broke!


Steve Tries to Do It Himself, and Goes Broke 

You’re probably shaking your head right now and thinking what I did was crazy. . . . well, it was. To make a long story short, after sending the money, I jumped through a lot of hoops before it was clear that what had been filed was not really a patent! In fact, I still needed a patent (for a whole lot more money).  I also learned (on my own) that everything I wanted to do required a patent. Worse, by the time I found out, I couldn’t afford it. In the end, I wound up losing the chance to bring that dream to the market and spent over a year and all the money I had trying to figure it out.

I was frustrated, embarrassed, broke, angry, and powerless. I still remember the moment, when sitting at an old kitchen table in Auburn, Alabama, I decided to do all I could to crawl out of that hole. It was personal -- no one should feel that way. I was so frustrated that I made it my personal crusade to ‘figure out’ the patent system and rescue others in the same boat, and have now devoted my career to helping spare others from what I felt. 

To right the wrong, after earning my engineering degree, I went law school and cut my teeth at large law firms for over five years.  But, even 'Big Law' couldn't kill the inventor in me ... in 2001 I "had the urge" to invent again, and left the large-firm scene for good. This time, things turned out differently: in 2005 I received my first patent, and since then I have received several more (by the way -- it feels really good to receive a patent with your name on it).    

But, not every invention I've filed a patent application on has been successful (not by a long shot). So, I still sweat when I open the results of patent searches and Patent Office letters for my inventions, and yes, sometimes my stomach churns. I hate that part for me, and for my clients, but it's part of being a professional innovative entrepreneur. 

Through all this experience and by helping my clients, I picked up on a few tricks - things very few, if any, patent attorneys know.  And, I've put them together in a system I can't wait to tell you more about . . .

Today: Helping Inventor and Entrepreneurs

Since my rocky start as an inventor, I've learned a few things that have helped many inventors and entrepreneurs file hundreds of patent applications and create dozens of businesses. ‘My’ inventors and entrepreneurs have received licenses, funding, cash sales, and been acquired. Many have made it to market.* And, I hope to add you to this happy list! Today, in addition to identifying the traps you want to avoid, I show ‘the right way’ to invent and create innovative businesses. I took a long, expensive path so I wouldn't stay stuck; and now you get to benefit from my experience.

Where Does Your Journey Begin?

Maybe you’ve crafted a solution to a big problem that the world just has to solve. Maybe in a moment of desperation or necessity, you tapped your ‘inner MacGyver’ [a really cool fictional inventor who saves the world with duct tape and a Swiss army knife] and came up with a creative solution that can help others.

You know deep inside that your idea has the potential to become something that will both help mankind, and help you find joy and enjoy the financial rewards of providing it. But, like me in my college years, you probably don’t know where to start.

The Systems:    

That’s why I created the systems you’ll discover here on this website -- I call them The Invention Factory, and The Business Factory -- to get you started the right way. It’s kind-of a trail-map of where to go and what to do once that metaphorical lightbulb appears above your head. 


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Thrasher Associates
1350 North Greenville Ave.
Richardson, TX, 75081


5.0 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Sky | March 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney, Even Better Human
Steven is our patent attorney for our small business that specializes in neurogenic therapy -- he is incredibly competent, and a joy to work with. I wish everyone were as knowledgeable, personable, and compassionate as Steven in the corporate and legal worlds. I couldn't recommend any attorney more!
Response from Steven Thrasher March 28, 2018
Thank you, Sky, and likewise!
Posted by Joshua | July 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cease and Desist
Steve fought off a fierce attack from a competitor and gave my business the breathing room we needed to survive. If you get a cease-and-desist letter, I recommend that you call Steve.
Response from Steven Thrasher March 28, 2018
Thank you, Josh!
Posted by Nickey | September 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing Firm
Responded very quickly with great information and was very helpful. Will definitely use him in the future.
Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
great ease of communication
Steven was always very accommodating and helpful with his thoughts when we discussed the steps involved with patenting our invention. He showed depth of knowledge and expertise on this subject, and was able to properly forecast the actions of our Examiner before we even received the USPTO's formal replies. Steven is consistently prompt in replying to my queries, no matter the time of day, and we always have a very pleasant rapport. Although we ended up working pro se on our art (mainly due to lack of funding) I wouldn't hesitate to hire Steven for future projects, and highly recommend him for others who seek formal counsel in pursuit of their own IP.
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Posted by Alexandra | June 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sound advice from a trustworthy, intelligent attorney
Steve has helped me with trademarks and advised me about my business ideas. As a fellow attorney, I have plenty of other IP lawyers in my network, but I choose Steve because I trust him and his judgment. Steve is detail-oriented, personable, discreet, and great to brainstorm ideas with. He takes the time to talk through things so that I'm not wasting time and money on stuff that won't further my business objectives. He's an excellent attorney, and I highly recommend him to others.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 320-525 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Thrasher Associates, LLC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate
  • Jackson Walker, LLP
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Jenkins and Gilchrist
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Associate
  • Griggs Robinson Post Henderson and Smith
  • 1997 - 1998
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  • Baylor University
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • 1997
  • Baylor University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1996
  • Auburn University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Searching Data Storage Systems and Devices
  • Patented


  • MIT Enterprise Forum of DFW
  • Officer
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Organization Director (Board of Directors)
  • United Inventors Association
  • 2005


Speaking Engagements

  • Open Source and "Freeware" Software ... worth the price?
  • Open Source and "Freeware" Software
  • 2013
  • The Bilski Decision and Software: Implications and A Path Forward
  • Software Patents
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Steven
Intellectual property Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I'm a family law attorney, and Steve helped me out in a divorce case that involved complex intellectual property matters beyond my expertise. His ability to simplify things and explain them concisely in a down-to-earth manner was invaluable. He helped draft detailed provisions and brainstorm options for my client. He made me look like a Rockstar, and I maintained the high quality of work that my clients expect of me. Steve is an excellent attorney."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse my fellow lawyer who has exhibited keen legal knowledge and an excellent grasp of the law as exhibited by the responses on AVVO."
Patent application Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. thrasher is a highly qualified attorney who specializes in the area of patents and trademarks, which is a highly specialized area. Very few attorneys are qualified in this area, and Mr. Thrasher is outstanding."
Patent application Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property
Richardson Trademark application Lawyer Steven W. Thrasher
Steven W. Thrasher
Trademark application Attorney
Richardson, TX
Licensed for 26 years
Virtual consultation available