Steven J. Frank focuses on advising clients in all areas of intellectual property and commercial technology law, with an emphasis on strategic IP transactions, patent prosecution, analysis of infringement and related issues, copyright questions, and the drafting and negotiation of agreements relating to the transfer or license of intellectual property. Steve has significant experience with general IP diligence, both in investment and M&A contexts, and has negotiated multimillion-dollar domestic and cross-border licenses as well as technology-transfer agreements involving leading universities and research institutions.
Steve advises inventors, companies, private-equity investors, and underwriters concerning IP risk evaluation and mitigation, open-source software issues, and transactional events involving intellectual property. He also works with technology companies to develop patent portfolios and oversees the preparation and prosecution of patent applications both in the United States and abroad.
Steve focuses in numerous technology areas, including chemistry, semiconductors, computer software and hardware, network/Internet applications, medical devices, and clean technologies and nanotechnology. He authored the widely read primer Intellectual Property for Managers and Investors, and since 2005 has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in IP by Chambers USA. Before joining Morgan Lewis, Steven was a partner in the corporate practice group of another international law firm, where he was the co-leader of the firm’s intellectual property transactions and development initiative.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017, XSeries Certificate, Program in Computer Science
Harvard Law School, 1986, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
Brown University, 1983, Scientiæ Baccalaureus, Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Listed, Best Lawyers, Litigation – Intellectual Property (2013–2018), Corporate Law (2015, 2018), Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2018), Patent Law (2018)
Ranked, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2011–2017)
Listed, Managing IP, IP Star (2014–2016)
Listed, LMG Life Sciences Guide "Life Science Star" (2013, 2015–2017)
Listed, Super Lawyers, Massachusetts (2004, 2010, 2013–2016)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Sigma Xi
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)