Steven A. Nielsen

Registered U.S. Patent Attorney

Bar Admissions

California State Bar # 133864

Nevada State Bar # 6437 (Inactive)

United States Patent & Trademark Office # 54,699 


1987   J.D. Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

  • Prosser Prize – Finance and Accounting
  • Associate Editor, International Tax and Business Lawyer
  • Member, Boalt Hall Computer Group

1984 – 1985  Santa Clara School of Law

  • American Jurisprudence Award in Torts

1983 B.A. Political Science, California State University, Chico

  • Minor in Business Administration

2003 B.S. Computer Science, California State University, San Francisco

  • Special emphasis in Operating Systems and Distributed Processing.
  • Significant computer programming in UNIX,
  • C++, Java and Open GL.
  • Extensive study of electrical engineering, computer hardware and optics.

Legal Experience

Attorney, Burnham Brown

  • Trial counsel.
  • Represented professionals from architects to dentists in malpractice cases.
  • Significant experience in multi-unit residential and commercial construction defect claims, delay claims, professional design and personal injury cases.

Patent Attorney

  • Current practice is focused on patent litigation and patent procurement before the USPTO and through the PCT and the EPO.


Presentations and Papers

  • Elimination (or at least reduction) of Bias in the Legal Profession
    MCLE Video 2015
  • Responding to a Demand or Request to Purchase a Patent License
    MCLE Video 2011
  • Ethical Considerations for Patent Attorneys
    MCLE Video 2011 (Ethics 2.0 Hours)
  • How to draw Patent Drawings Correctly
    MCLE Video 2011
  • Interview by Rocket Lawyer Regarding Patent Litigation, September 2010
  • Patent Fundamentals for Non-Patent Attorneys, MCLE Video 2010
  • Patent License Agreements: The Dangerous Road to Starting a Patent License Negotiation
    MCLE Video 2010
  • Meet Your Directors: Spotlight on Steve Nielsen, The Marin Lawyer, November 2009
  • Seven Patent Concepts Every Lawyer Should Know, The Marin Lawyer, May 2009
  • Patent Basics for Non-Patent Attorneys presented on October 11, 2005 to the Marin County Bar Association – Intellectual Property Section Annual Seminar. Click here for the Power Point version.
  • Patents/Design Patents 101 presented on November 9, 2005, to California Lawyers for the Arts. Click here for the Power Point version.