Steven J. Prewitt
503-796-2844 Direct (Portland)
206-407-1519 Direct (Seattle)
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Steven Prewitt is an experienced patent attorney and the practice group leader for Schwabe's Intellectual Property practice group. He focuses his practice in the preparation/prosecution, commercialization and enforcement of utility and design patents. Assisting start-ups, established companies, universities, and other research institutions, Mr. Prewitt provides advice ranging from patent procurement and protection, to due diligence analyses (patentability, infringement, freedom to operate), technology transfer, licensing, strategic planning/counseling, and enforcement. He handles a variety of technologies including mechanical, biotechnology, nanotechnology, software, e-commerce, and electrical arts.
Mr. Prewitt founded and is active with the Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Intellectual Property Legal Clinic, providing pro bono legal services to economically disadvantaged individuals and small/emerging businesses. Services are provided broadly in intellectual property, and more specifically addressing patent, trademark, copyright and licensing issues.
Within the firm, Mr. Prewitt also serves on the Hiring Committee and is a supervisor of the firm's Summer Associate Program.
Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Prewitt is a registered patent attorney and a member of the Oregon State Bar and Virginia State Bar. He is active in the Oregon Bioscience Association, the Licensing Executives Society, and the Association of University Technology Managers.
• Oregon Bioscience Association
-Board of Directors (2010-present)
-Program & Events Chairperson (2009-present)
• Licensing Executives Society, OR/SW WA Chapter Chairperson (2010-present)
• Oregon Innovation Showcase, MC (2009 & 2010), Planning Comm. Chairperson (2009)
In 2012, the Portland Business Journal named Mr. Prewitt one of its "Forty Under 40" emerging business leaders, an award for individuals with an exceptional level of professional achievement and community involvement. Mr. Prewitt has also been recognized multiple times by Thomson Reuters as a Rising Star in the field of intellectual property law, a distinction which recognizes outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Mr. Prewitt also serves on the Friends of Doernbecher Board of Directors, comprised of volunteers who oversee fundraising efforts and serve as ambassadors in the community for Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Foundation.
• The Dance of Tech Transfer: Know the University's Stance, Portland Business Journal, August 2009.
• Shifting Patent Laws Require Dynamic Plan, Puget Sound Business Journal, March 2008.
• Patent Strategy for Businesses and Universities, Nanotechnology Now (interview), May 2005.
• Reinventing Patent Law: The America Invents Act Changes the Rules, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, October 12, 2011.
• U.S. Patent Reform: An Update and Discussion of Its Impact on Technology Transfer, Association of University Technology Managers, September 2011.
• Innovation, Design and Intellectual Property, Invention to Venture Portland, February 2011.
• Top Tips from Outside Counsel, Association of University Technology Managers, October 2010.
• IP Life Cycles, Planning & Cost Structures, Oregon Bioscience Association, April 2010.
• Ten Important Patent Law Issues for Technology Transfer Professionals, Association of University Technology Managers, September 2009.
• Intellectual Property, guest lecture for the Technology Entrepreneurship Training Program, a University of Portland and Oregon Health & Science University joint venture, September 2009.
• Principles of IP Valuation, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, August 2009.
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
Virginia State Courts
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Court of Appeals of Virginia
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
George Mason University School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, IP Specialty Track
University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology