KUSCO News Upcoming Events The 4th Washington Science and Technology Forum (11/30)

The 4th Washington Science and Technology Forum (11/30)

The 4th Washington S&T Forum organized by KUSCO:

A Global Patent War:
Samsung vs. Apple


Esq. Steven S. Payne

Senior Patent Attorney
LRK Patent Law Firm

Friday, November 30, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

KUSCO Conference Room, 3rd Floor
1952 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22182
Refreshment will be served.


Since mid-2011, Samsung and Apple have been involved in over 50 lawsuits worldwide. The lawsuits all involve smart phone and tablet technology. The two companies (and they are not alone) are fighting for several reasons. The most obvious reason is, of course, money. The smart phone and tablet industry is estimated to generate over $300 Billion in 2012. Thus, an increase of 1% in total market share is worth roughly $3 Billion. The other reason is more subtle but is just as important. I believe the second reason is based on the vastly different corporate beliefs held by both companies on the role of intellectual property and Standards in the telecommunication industry. We will discuss these different corporate beliefs which directly lead to conflict and how these differences may be resolved.

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LRK Patent Law Firm, Vienna, VA

Senior Patent Attorney 2011 – Present

Drafting and prosecuting patent applications with an emphasis on applications relating to telecommunication systems (including wireless, smart, cellular, and ATM systems), coding for data transmission, computer systems and medical device, and prosecuting reexamination applications in the U.S. Patent Office. Lecturing about various issues of US patent system and reviewing junior attorneys’ works.

Arator IP Law Group, PLLC, Washington, D.C.

Founder 2001 – June 2011

Founded Arator IP Law Group, PLLC, a Washington, DC area law firm that worked closely with the Arator Group, a collection of major intellectual property consultancy firms in Scandinavia. Broad expertise in intellectual property matters included involvement in all phases of the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and advising a diverse clientele, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors, on a wide range of intellectual property issues. Representative technologies included telecommunications, satellite communications, computer software, e-commerce and Internet-related technologies, image manipulations systems, signal processing, computer hardware and electromechanical devices for major clients such as Ericsson, Sony Ericsson, Phillips, IKEA and others.

Banner & Witcoff, Washington, D.C.

Associate Attorney 1997 - 2001

Drafted and prosecuted patent applications and provided intellectual property counseling, primarily in electrical and computer-related fields, for global companies, including Microsoft, AT&T, Lucent and Toshiba. Prepared appeal briefs and argued appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Developed special expertise in pre-litigation counseling and preparing validity, infringement and patentability opinions for U.S. and foreign clients. Participated in patent infringement litigation in U.S. District courts, including all phases of discovery and trial preparation.

Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis, Alexandria, VA

Associate Attorney 1989 - 1997

Drafted and prosecuted patent applications, with emphasis on applications relating to telecommunication systems (including wireless, cellular, and ATM systems), coding for data transmission, computer systems and medical software. Prosecuted reexamination applications in the U.S. Patent Office. Prepared validity and infringement opinions and foreign filing advisory opinions. Foreign practice included overseeing the prosecution of numerous patent applications before the European Patent Office and in various foreign countries, particularly Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

  • Exploring Global Patent Wars including Samsung vs. Apple” -- Alexandria, Virginia; July 2012
  • Differences Between U.S. and European Patent Laws” -- Gothenburg, Sweden; June 2007
  • “What Every Engineer Should Know About U.S. Patents” -- Stockholm, Sweden; March 2005
  • Obtaining Patents on Business Methods in the United States” -- Copenhagen, Denmark; September 2004
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Basic Patent Prosecution” -- Malmo, Sweden; May 2003
  • Important Intellectual Property Issues for In-House Counsel” -- Houston, Texas; April 2000

Licensing Executive Society

  • Past Chairman, LES Trademark Administration Committee
  • Past Chairman, LES International Intellectual Property Maintenance Committee
  • Past Chairman, LES Continuing Legal Education Committee Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association

Registered Patent Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office District of Columbia Bar Virginia Bar

EDUCATION: American University Law School, Washington, D.C. Juris Doctor, May 1989 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, May 1986


Aviation (Private Pilot), Golf, Cooking Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)



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