Stephen Lund has collaborated with all manners of clients – from seed-stage startups to long-established Fortune 500 companies – in every stage of the patent and trademark processes. Rather than seek intellectual property for intellectual property's sake, he understands that every business situation demands a unique analysis. A strategy to maximize the value of intellectual property for a seed-stage startup requires an approach that may be wholly different than that for a company with years of proven commercial success, and vice versa. With that in mind, Stephen's first objective is to help each client refine a clear intellectual property strategy aligned with short and long-term business goals.
Procuring Versatile Assets
After determining a suitable strategy, one of the first steps is often applying for intellectual property protection. When it comes to drafting patent applications, Stephen has a knack for taking highly technical concepts and explaining them in clear and concise terms, all the while keeping in mind that patent drafting requires a constant eye for different audiences: technicians, patent examiners, judges, and even juries. Stephen's experience in patent prosecution, reexamination proceedings, inter partes review ("IPR") proceedings, and litigation allows him to posture each application to maximize the likelihood of obtaining valuable patent protection and to help safeguard the patent from any challenges it might face down the road. But obtaining patents is only one aspect of Stephen's practice. He has significant experience with trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, all of which must be considered in an effective and well-rounded intellectual property strategy. And although acquiring strong protection may be an important part of any intellectual property strategy, Stephen understands that the old adage "the best offense is a good defense" often holds true in matters of intellectual property. He has thousands of hours of experience searching, evaluating, and opining on competitors' intellectual property rights in view of clients' commercial activities.
A Passion for Technology
In furtherance of helping his clients attain their goals, Stephen draws on his experience both since and prior to joining the firm. At Cornell University, he received a bachelor's degree in biological and environmental engineering where he conducted research aimed at producing a new biologic vehicle for delivering genetic payloads to mammalian cells. Stephen continued his studies at Cornell where, in the course of obtaining a master's degree in biomedical engineering, he initiated a multi-year project developing a novel gel polymer system with applications ranging from use in contact lenses to platforms for tissue re-growth. His interest in patent matters arising in this project led him to concentrate his legal studies in intellectual property law at Drexel University where he graduated first in his class.