Steven C. Carlson

Robins Kaplan LLP

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West El Camino Real 2440
Mountain View 94040 CA US

Steven Carlson is an intellectual property litigator who draws upon national and international experience to assist clients with a wide range of legal disputes, including patent litigation, trade secret matters, and copyright disputes.

Armed with a keen understanding of the technology that powers his clients’ businesses, Mr. Carlson works closely with companies in the high-tech, pharmaceutical, and biotech fields to protect and promote their unique interests.

Mr. Carlson’s professional experience covers a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, chemistry, machine learning, telecommunications, and robotics.

Most recently, he secured a trial verdict before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that invalidated multiple database technology patents used in the travel industry.

A thought leader and an educator, Mr. Carlson has written numerous articles and books on the topic of patent litigation. He is the co-author of “Patents in Germany and Europe: Procurement, Enforcement and Defense,” a handbook that provides attorneys the tools they need to enforce patents in the German market.

He is also a co-author of “Patent Case Management Judicial Guide,” a publication of the Federal Judicial Center that is distributed as a resource to all U.S. federal judges. He currently teaches advanced patent litigation at UC Berkeley, focusing on litigation before the PTAB and the International Trade Commission.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Carlson volunteered with the United States Peace Corps, spending three years directing health and sanitation programs in remote Moroccan villages.

He continues to uphold the ideals of international humanitarian service as President of the Rotary Club of San Carlos, through which he is coordinating the construction of an aqueduct in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains.

Mr. Carlson earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. in chemistry from Reed College. He previously served as a law clerk to the Hon. Paul. R. Michel in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, and to the Hon. Roderick R. McKelvie in the U.S. District Court, District of Delaware.


  • Yale Law School, J.D. (1999)
  • Reed College, B.A. in Chemistry (1993)

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Associations:

  • Federal Judicial Center


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