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An intellectual property attorney dedicated to obtaining and enforcing patent rights, Stephen E. Murray's practice over the last 10+ years has focused on all aspects of strategic patent counselling, the preparation and prosecution of patent applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"), and on post-grant review proceedings in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). Over the years, he has successfully represented both petitioners and patent owners before the PTAB, and handled all aspects of post-grant review proceedings, including oral hearings, depositions, discovery, and briefing. Mr. Murray also has strong litigation experience, having been involved in numerous matters before U.S. District Courts, and before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Murray's practice also includes strategic patent portfolio development, due diligence, licensing matters and the provision of opinion letters on patent validity and infringement. He manages national and international portfolios for numerous clients. Known for his fastidious and thorough preparation on each representation, Mr. Murray seeks to obtain a thorough understanding of his client's business goals so as to devise IP cutting edge strategies to meet these objectives.
Armed with broad technical knowledge, Mr. Murray has substantial experience in handling matters on behalf of large and small clients in the fields of optics (including lenses, lasers, and imagers), solid state physics (including semiconductor device and manufacturing and computer memory), and software (including user interfaces, video games, and jukeboxes), as well as in other electrical and mechanical-oriented fields.
Mr. Murray's background enables him to handle a broad range of technologies, including in the fields of optics (e.g., lenses, lasers, and imagers), solid state physics (e.g., semiconductor devices and manufacturing and computer memory), and software (e.g., user interfaces, video games, and jukeboxes), as well as in other electrical and mechanical-oriented fields.
Named to U.S. World and Report's "Best Lawyers in America" for patent law, for the last two years, Mr. Murray has also previously been named to the List of Pennsylvania Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, an honor bestowed on no more than 2.5 % of lawyers in the state.
Mr. Murray is currently the chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Committee, which oversees the firm's practices and procedures related to intellectual property procurement. Mr. Murray also currently serves on the board of directors for the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, where he co-chairs the Chamber's technology committee.
Mr. Murray earned his B.S. summa cum laude in physics from Temple University, where he also served as a research assistant investigating the properties of high-temperature superconducting materials. He received the Otto Kurschner for Excellence in Science, given to the member of the graduating class concentrating in biology, biochemistry, geology or physics who attains the highest scholastic average. He received his law degree from the Temple University Beasley School of Law.
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Admissions and Characterizations: Getting Your Patent Application into Trouble // February 27, 2020
Stephen E. Murray, Esq. will discuss examples of admissions and characterizations in your patent application or during prosecution that could lock you into unfavorable positions with the PTO or during enforcement. Read more
6 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Among 2020 'Best Lawyers in America', 1 Named Lawyer of The Year // August 15, 2019
Philadelphia intellectual property lawyers listed among best in nation Read more
Stephen E. Murray Named Partner at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel // January 14, 2019
Murray brings a wealth of experience in patent application preparation and prosecution, post-grant review, and patent litigation Read more
PTAB Declines to Review Panitch Schwarze Client’s Design Patent, Allowing it to Remain Valid // November 20, 2018
Law360 covered a recent decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that effectively upheld a patent granted to Panitch Schwarze client Idea Nuova Inc. The PTAB declined a request for inter partes review of a patent held by Idea Nuova covering the design of a foldable chair. Read more
6 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Among 2019 ‘Best Lawyers in America’, 1 Named Lawyer of The Year
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that seven of its attorneys have been named to the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publications. In addition, partner Ronald L. Panitch was named the Best Lawyers 2019 Lawyer of The Year in the practice area of trade secrets law. Read more
PTAB Rules in Favor of Hamamatsu Corporation Over Harvard Patent // December 20, 2017
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has ruled in favor of its client, Hamamatsu Corporation. Read more
Panitch Schwarze Attorney Named to Board of Directors of Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce // November 11, 2016
Philadelphia intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel is pleased to announce that attorney Stephen E. Murray has been named to the Board of Directors of the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the EMCCC Technology Committee. Read more
Thomson Reuters Names 8 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Among 2016 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars // May 13, 2016
Philadelphia and Wilmington IP lawyers listed among Pennsylvania’s and Delaware’s elite attorneys. Read more
8 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyers' and 'Rising Stars' for 2015 // May 15, 2015
Panitch Schwarze Belisario and Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that Ronald L. Panitch, William W. Schwarze, Martin G. Belisario, and Alan S. Nadel have been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list as five of the top attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2015. Read more
PTAB Rules in favor of BBiTV against Hawaiian Telcom // April 1, 2015
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that today the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favor of its client Broadband iTV, Inc. (“BBiTV”). Read more
Panitch Schwarze Successful in Defeating Inter Partes Review Attempt by Unified Patents Inc. // January 8, 2015
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that on behalf of its client, Broad Band iTV (BBiTV), it has been successful in defeating an attempt by Unified Patents, Inc. to initiate an Inter Partes Review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board against BBiTV’s patent. Read more
7 Panitch Schwarze Intellectual Property Attorneys Named Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyers' and 'Rising Stars' for 2014 // May 23, 2014
Panitch Schwarze Belisario and Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that Ronald L. Panitch, William W. Schwarze, Martin G. Belisario, and Alan S. Nadel have been selected to the Pennsylvania "Super Lawyers" list as four of the top attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2013. Read more
Inter Partes Review (IPR) // April 24, 2014
Steve Murray, of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP will discuss Inter Partes Review. Lunch will be served. CLE is being applied for but is not guaranteed. Read more
8 Panitch Schwarze Intellectual Property Attorneys Named Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyers' and 'Rising Stars' for 2013 // May 17, 2013
Pennsylvania "Super Lawyers" 2013 lists four attorneys from Panitch Schwarze Belisario and Nadel LLP as top lawyers in the state along with five attorneys as Pennsylvania "Rising Stars." Read more
May 28, 2020
Inter Partes Reviews – Patent Owners to Get a Helping Hand?
Proposed rule changes by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) published on May 27, 2020 may finally help improve patent owners’ odds of avoiding inter partes reviews (IPRs). Read more
May 6, 2020
SCOTUS Ruling Forecloses More Appeal Issues on PTAB Decisions
Patent owners have lost another potential appeal argument relating to Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions after a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more
March 17, 2020
Patent Admissions are Forever, But They Are Usually Not Your Best Friend
One of the most important messages parents convey to their children about their online presence is that the internet is forever. Images and messages posted online are an indelible mark that may be difficult, if not impossible to remove. Read more
October 4, 2018
Revised PTAB Operating Procedures Will Mean Transparency and Reliability for Patent Owners
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), created in 2012 as part of the America Invents Act, a branch of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that hears appeals to adverse examiner decisions and conducts trials, including inter partes reviews and post-grant challenges. Ideally, the PTAB is meant to ensure the predictable, uniform, and unbiased application of USPTO policy to patent applications. Read more
August 7, 2018
Let’s Face It; Some Patents Are Odd!
By Stephen E. Murray Over ten million patents have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to date. Here are four of the stranger ones: Patent 7062320 – Device for the treatment of hiccups “A device for the treatment of hiccups, and more specifically, to a method and apparatus for the treatment... Read more
May 21, 2018
Inter Partes Reviews – A Brief Primer, Recent Supreme Court Rulings, and the USPTO’s Notice of Proposed Changes
Inter partes reviews (IPRs) were enacted on September 16, 2012, as part of the America Invents Act (AIA) passed by Congress. Read more