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Steven N. Levitt


Stinson, LLP

Steven N. Levitt is an Associate with Stinson. With a focus on mechanical, software and computer system patents, Steven handles the preparation and prosecution of foreign and domestic patents applications. He also helps clients evaluate the patentability of new inventions and prepare opinions on patent infringement and validity. Additionally, Steven has experience assessing clients’ freedom to make, use and sell their products in view of issued patents asserted against them.

Steven also assists his clients in challenging and defending the validity of patents in Inter Parte Review (IPR) and Post Grant Review (PGR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Representative technologies that Steven works with include medical devices and implants, automated manufacturing systems and equipment, automation software, tools, fasteners, building structural connectors and other building components, packaging, commercial kitchen appliances, lubrication systems, exercise equipment, firearm tools and accessories, fiber optics, and numerous other technologies.

Recent Articles by Steven N. Levitt

Digging Into the USPTO’s AI Guidance: Adjusting Practices to Capture Human Contribution

As artificial intelligence (AI) systems become increasingly sophisticated and play a greater role in our society, questions surrounding patentability and inventorship have come to the forefront of intellectual property discourse. This is particularly so in the wake of Thaler v. Vidal, 43 F. 4th 1207, 1213 (Fed. Cir. 2022), cert denied, 143 S. Ct. 1783 (2023), in which the Federal Circuit held that “only a natural person can be an inventor, so AI cannot be.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued guidance aimed at addressing these concerns.