Steve VerSteeg, Partner

Increasing Value Through Intellectual Capital

In the fast-paced technologies sector, intellectual capital is a primary driver of market value for companies. Steve VerSteeg ensures his clients maximize their value by providing expert patent preparation and prosecution services in industries ranging from electronics to semiconductor chips. At Patterson & Sheridan, he has secured patents and provided strategic counsel for advanced products including holographic computing equipment, photography marketing software and laser phosphor panel digital displays. 

Combining Technical Expertise with Patent Office Experience

Since joining the firm in 2005, Steve leverages his nine years of experience as a patent examiner with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to his clients’ advantage. He approaches every case as an examiner would, creating sound arguments in order to minimize rejections. A believer in collaboration with the USPTO, he isn’t afraid to pick up the phone and work out an issue, or relentlessly pursue an appeal when necessary. 

With a focus in electronic semiconductor technology and industrial products, Steve’s background in chemical engineering and physical vapor deposition (PVD) coatings enables him to quickly and easily get to the core of his clients’ products to provide informed counseling and strategic insight.

Strategically Strengthening Patent Portfolios 

Startups and growing companies looking to effectively build their patent portfolios seek his expertise as their virtual in-house IP counsel. When advising clients on which patents to pursue and protect, Steve factors in the company objectives, strengths, weaknesses and potential infringement issues within the existing portfolio before advising on key areas to focus growth. Due to his continued success in helping young companies increase their intellectual capital, a large venture capitalist firm recommends him to other tech startups and emerging companies.

When he isn’t strategizing about his clients’ intellectual property, Steve serves as Cubmaster of his two sons’ Cub Scout pack, Assistant Scoutmaster of his oldest son’s Boy Scout troop and a member of the pit crew for his daughter’s marching band. 

Practice Areas

Education

  • J.D., George Mason University, 2002
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Penn State University, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Virginia State Bar

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association