Steven E. Koffs: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

Steven E. Koffs

Partner
Philadelphia,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone215 979 1250

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Infringement
  • Right to Use
  • Trademark Registration
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets Protection
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 215 979 1250
Fax: 215 689 2744
http://www.duanemorris.com/attorneys/stevenekoffs.html
 
Law SchoolRutgers School of Law - Camden, J.D., 1987
 
Admitted1987, Pennsylvania; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
 
Memberships Pennsylvania Bar Association (Past Chair, Past Vice Chair, Recording Secretary, 2002-2003, Treasurer, 2001-2002, and Former Editor-in-Chief, IP Section Newsletter, 2000-2002, Intellectual Property Law Section); Montgomery Bar Association; American Bar Association (Past Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation); American Intellectual Property Law Association; Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (Former Chair, Electronic and Computer Practice Committee).

 
BornLower Merion, Pennsylvania, April 6, 1957
 
Biography

Steven E. Koffs concentrates his practice on intellectual property, with emphasis on patent prosecution, opinions (patent invalidity and non-infringement, right to use) trademarks, copyright and trade secret protection.

Mr. Koffs has authored hundreds of patents and patent applications in various technical areas including but not limited to semiconductor fabrication, software, communications, electronic commerce, financial services, business methods, construction materials and products, industrial fabrics, memory devices, MPEG systems, pattern recognition, data compression, medical monitoring equipment and opto-electronics.

Mr. Koffs has performed detailed analysis of patent validity, infringement and enforceability issues for litigations, and has counseled clients and drafted opinions in both litigation and pre-litigation scenarios. In licensing and cross-licensing negotiations, he has performed analysis of claims and prior art, claim charting, and development of positions, and represented the client in assertion meetings with opposing counsel.

Mr. Koffs is an adjunct professor at Villanova School of Law, where he teaches patent prosecution. He is past chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Mr. Koffs is a board member of the Benjamin Franklin Inn of the American Inns of Court, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association. He is past chair of a Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Koffs is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a 1987 graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, a graduate of Drexel University, where he received a master's degree, and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received dual B.S degrees in engineering and management.

Areas of Practice

· Intellectual Property Law

· Patents (Opinions, Counseling and Prosecution)

· Trademarks

· Copyrights

· Trade Secret Protection

Experience

· Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 1999-present
- Associate, 1998-1999

· General Electric, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
- Systems Engineer, 1988-1992
- Systems Analyst, 1985-1988

· RCA, East Windsor, New Jersey
- Thermal Systems Engineer, 1983-1985

· RCA, Moorestown, New Jersey
- Microwave Antenna Engineer, 1980-1983

· Ratner & Prestia, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
- Associate, 1992-1998

Professional Activities

· American Intellectual Property Law Association

· Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association
- Former Chair, Electronic and Computer Practice Committee

· Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Past Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section

· Benjamin Franklin Inn of the American Inns of Court, Board Member

· Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Honors and Awards

· AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

· Listed as an "IP Star" in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars, 2013

Board Memberships

· Past Chair, Hearing Committee 2.03, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

· Board member, Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court

· Past Chair, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section

· Past Committee Chair, Philadelphia IP Law Association, Computer and Electronic Practice

Civic and Charitable Activities

· Temple Brith Achim, Board of Trustees, 14 years

· National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Cycling and Raising Funds Since 1997
-- Co-captain, 2003

Selected Publications

· "Prosecution Laches - a New Defense to Patent Infringement," The Legal Intelligencer, February 7, 2002

· "Patent Invalidity Not in the Cards for Hallmark," The Legal Intelligencer, July 5, 2001

· Co-Author, "Court Enforces Cyberspace No Trespassing Signs," The Legal Intelligencer, March 1, 2001

· "Colorful Decision from 3rd Circuit," The Legal Intelligencer, February 1, 2001

· "What's Left of the Doctrine of Equivalents?" The Legal Intelligencer, January 4, 2001

· "Sweeping Changes to U.S. Patent Laws," The Legal Intelligencer, January 6, 2000

· "4th Circuit is Not Snowed by Ringling's Dilution Arguments," The Legal Intelligencer, May 6, 1999

· Intellectual Property Law Weekly, May 19, 1999

· "Patent -- Not Tort -- Law Applies in Preliminary Injunction Decision," The Legal Intelligencer, March 4, 1999

· "Patent Infringement Liability: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You," The Legal Intelligencer, October 1, 1998

Selected Speaking Engagements

· Speaker, IP Update - A Review of Key Patent Cases," PBI's Third Annual IP Institute, March 5-6, 2009

· Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Intellectual Property Law Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 17, 2007

· Moderator, "Intellectual Property Law Primer," Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 28, 2006

· Leader, "Use Of Opinions Of Counsel In Patent Litigation," ABA Roundtable, IP Committee, Litigation Section, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 26, 2004

· "Recent Patent Decisions," Intellectual Property Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Association's Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 23, 2002

· "Is the Doctrine of Equivalents Still Viable?" Roundtable discussion of the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 19, 2003

· "Drafting Competent Patent Opinions," the Computer and Electronic Practice Committee Meeting of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 13, 2003

· "Patent and Copyright Law," Intellectual Property Law Updates, Pennsylvania Bar Association's Annual Meeting, Hershey, Pennsylvania, May 1, 2002

· "How Four Recent Federal Circuit Cases have Effected the On-Sale Bar of 35 USC 102(b)," Computer Practice Committee Meeting of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 28, 2001

· "What's Left of the Doctrine of Equivalents," the Computer Practice Committee Meeting of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 18, 2001

· "Patent Cooperation Treaty Practice," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 22, 2000 and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, March 23, 2000

· Moderator, "Methods of Doing Business Patents: Issues on the Radar Screen," American Bar Association Roundtable, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 19, 2000

· "The Effect of WMS Gaming Inc. v. International Game Technology (Fed. Cir. 1999) on the Scope of Computer Software Patents," the Computer Practice Committee of Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, 1999

· "The Impact of AT&T v. Excel Communications on the Scope of Statutory Subject Matter Under the Patent Statutes," the Computer Practice Committee of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 29, 1999

· "Recent Patent Cases by the Federal Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court," the Computer Practice Committee of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1998

· "Updates Involving the "Best Mode" Requirement in Patents," the Computer Practice Committee of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1998

· "Review of the scope of copyright protection for non-literal elements of computer software," the Computer Practice Committee of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1997

· "What the General Practitioner Should Know About Intellectual Property Law," Bucks County Bar Association, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, 1995

· Chair, "Five Years Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act: Examining the Ongoing Conflict Between Access and Protection," Roundtable Discussion for the IP Committee of the ABA's Litigation Section, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 29, 2004

· Presentation leader, "Employee's Going Away Party - What Will He Take With Him," Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 8, 2004

 
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