is a shareholder in the law firm Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., San Jose, California. He has written and prosecuted patents in a wide range of technologies including software, computers, electronic circuits, holography, MEMS, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, microprocessors, wired and wireless telecommunication devices, network architectures, database software, electronic design automation, disk drives, Internet software, motion picture animation, computer graphics processing and business methods. His practice is devoted to developing intellectual property portfolios aligned with business goals; enforcement and litigation strategy involving infringement, non-infringement and invalidity analyses, reexaminations and reissues; IP due diligence directed to financings, mergers & acquisitions and licensing; working with business managers to maximize portfolio value; assessing, avoiding and responding to third-party IP threats; and providing legal opinions. His experience also includes advising companies on copyright, trademark, trade secret and licensing. He has represented numerous high-technology clients including start-ups, emerging companies, public companies and universities in technology-related IP issues. Steve held leadership roles in the formation of the patent prosecution practices at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and later at Morrison Foerster in San Francisco. Steve was a partner at each of those law firms. Steve worked in-house at the Hughes Aircraft Company, Space & Communications Group, in El Segundo, CA in the mid 80’s. Mr. Durant is a graduate of Cornell Law School, J.D, 1981 and University of Notre Dame, B.S.E.E., 1978.
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, 1981, J.D.
- University of Notre Dame, Indiana, 1978, B.S.E.E.