Stephen Whitt is a Patent Attorney of the firm. Steve holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University and George Washington University, respectively. He received his Juris Doctorate with distinction from the George Mason University School of Law. Steve began his intellectual property career in 1989 with a large intellectual property firm in Washington D.C., and left the firm in 1992 to clerk for Judge Anthony A. Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Upon leaving the Court, Steve worked in the Washington D.C. legal affairs office of an international electronics company, eventually rising to the position of managing attorney. Steve later accepted a Vice President position with a U.S. telecommunications company where he established an intellectual property department for that company. The unique legal challenges facing technology companies dominate a practice that focuses on intellectual property development, counseling, licensing, and enforcement issues. Steve has developed key intellectual property portfolios for venture capital backed start-ups, as well as large multinational corporations. Steve enjoys extensive relationships with premier national and regional venture capitalists and is routinely asked to evaluate emerging technologies to determine issues of patentability and potential infringement. Steve has authored numerous studies and written many legal opinions addressing a range of intellectual property issues. Steve has worked extensively in a diverse range of technical fields including semiconductor devices and fabrication techniques, smart cards, flash memory, processor/controller architectures and related software algorithms, wireless telecommunications, LCD and optical components, optical telecommunication systems, and e-commerce software. Steve is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and is and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.