Steven D. Lawrenz



Steve Lawrenz helps his clients develop highly-strategic patent portfolios in the areas of computer software, artificial intelligence, and Internet technologies. He evaluates third-party patent portfolios, to counsel on avoiding patent infringement and to advise on the merits of acquiring particular patent assets. Steve also mines client patent portfolios to identify assets for licensing, patent infringement counterclaims, and divestment. He is an authority on Patent Trial and Appeal Board procedures--particularly appeals from examiners’ rejections--and is experienced at preparing and prosecuting design patent applications, both for user interface elements and physical articles.

Steven D. Lawrenz

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University of Illinois College of Law
J.D. 1992

Engineering at Illinois
Computer Science
B.S. (with highest honors) 1989

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2016-2021
  • Recommended, IAM Patent 1000, Prosecution: Washington, 2013-2020
  • Top Rated AV Preeminent™ Intellectual Property Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2005-2020
  • Selected to Washington Super Lawyers®, 2007-2009
  • Selected to Washington Rising Stars®, 2003, 2005 & 2006


Before law school, Steve worked as a software developer for IBM.

After beginning his legal career at Seed IP, Steve helped to found Perkins Coie’s patent procurement practice; while a partner at that firm, he served as Technology Committee chair.


Steve is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association. Steve is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. He serves on the University of Illinois College of Law Seattle Alumni Chapter board.

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