Steve Gardner concentrates his practice on intellectual property, with a primary focus on patent litigation and counseling. He is a registered patent attorney.
Mr. Gardner has represented companies in more than 50 patent suits in federal courts in California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, and Texas (including multiple suits in the Eastern District of Texas). He has litigated and/or analyzed patents in a wide range of technologies, including software, computer hardware, medical devices, chemical compositions, Internet and e-commerce systems, electronics, manufacturing systems, mechanical devices, optics, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications.
In addition to representing companies in disputes, Mr. Gardner regularly assists companies with transactional matters relating to intellectual property, including establishing patent programs and committees, analyzing patents held by competitors, engaging in intellectual property due diligence in evaluating potential acquisitions, conducting freedom to practice analysis, providing written opinions, negotiating and drafting license agreements, patent portfolio management, and serving as general intellectual property counsel. He has spoken on patent litigation, opinions and prosecution, as well as other topics, at seminars in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, Raleigh, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington and Winston-Salem.
Mr. Gardner has been elected for many years to Business North Carolina magazine’s "Legal Elite" List as one of the top patent attorneys in North Carolina based on a survey of all members of the North Carolina bar. Mr. Gardner was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Intellectual Property Law in 2013 and the six years immediately preceding. He has been named as a "Rising Star" in Intellectual Property Litigation and in 2013, Mr. Gardner was recognized as a "Super Lawyer" for Intellectual Property Litigation by SuperLawyers magazine. Mr. Gardner is listed as a #1 band attorney in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Intellectual Property. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gardner served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin A. Schall, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1995-1996, and to the Honorable Frank W. Bullock Jr., U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1994-1995.
*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.
Professional & Community Activities
Wake Forest Law Review, Editor-in-Chief (1993-1994)
ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief (2007-present)
ABA Open Source Software Sub-Committee, Co-Chair (2009-2012)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Member (1988-present)
The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, Board Member (2005-2010)
UNC Charlotte, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Board of Advisors (2005-present)