stevedesmetSteven DeSmet, Esquire is engaged in the private mediation and arbitration of civil disputes with a concentration on intellectual property matters. He is also engaged in the private practice of law. Mr. DeSmet is a principal in the Law Firm of Leahy & DeSmet, LLC where he focuses his practice on intellectual property matters including patent and trademark prosecution.

Steven DeSmet brings to both his law practice and to the mediation, arbitration and neutral case evaluation of intellectual property cases and disputes his practical experience both in private practice and with the federal government as well as knowledge gained while obtaining a Masters of Law Degree in Intellectual Property from George Washington University Law School and a Degree in Biological Science from the University of Michigan. He also brings to the table of any mediation or arbitration of an intellectual property dispute his several years of work experience in the telecommunications / computer networking industry and his service as a legal fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.

Steven DeSmet can serve as a co-mediator with the retired judicial and legal members of The Platt Group in the mediation of intellectual property disputes at a unified competitive fee which The Platt Group believes provides a new unique and effective technique for the fair, efficient and economical resolution of these highly technical disputes.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Leahy & DeSmet, LLC (formerly Griffin & Leahy, LLC)
Member: April 2008 – present
Associate: February 2007 – April 2008Aiding in the development of a growing woman owned, legal practice with a personal concentration in the following areas of practice:

  • Patent & Trademark prosecution before the USPTO
  • Copyright prosecution before the US Copyright Office
  • Corporate Law
  • Intellectual Property licensing and technology transfer
  • Entertainment Law
  • Internet Law
  • Contract Disputes / Negotiations
28th District of California, Washington, DC
Legal FellowCongressman Howard L. Berman
June 2006–January 2007Drafted and edited opening statements, amendments, memoranda, and questions for oversight and/or mark-up hearings. Consulted with and advised the Congressman on legislative issues in preparation for Congressional hearings. Acted as Minority Counsel to represent the Congressman during absence of Minority Counsel. Engaged in matters related to the Patent Reform Acts, Trademark Dilution Revision Act, Orphan Works Act, Copyright Revision Act, Patent Pilot Program, and Judicial Transparency & Ethics Act.
Law Offices of Royal W. Craig, Baltimore, MD
Associate:  January 2006–March 2006
Law Clerk:  June 2004–June 2005Researched relevant technologies and drafted provisional patent applications and information disclosures for independent inventors covering technologies ranging from medical instruments to machine parts. Performed patentability searches; reviewed and prepared exhibits for patent infringement trial. Reviewed franchise agreements and drafted memoranda on state franchise laws. Researched and drafted memoranda on copyright, patent, trademark, and franchising issues.
Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, Baltimore, MDJudicial ClerkHonorable John N. Prevas
August 2004–November 2004Researched and drafted memoranda and orders covering both criminal and civil matters and liaised with trial attorneys in coordination of discovery hearings.
University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD
Research Assistant, Max S. Oppenheimer
January 2004–June 2004Performed research and assisted in drafting of IP law articles with emphasis on abandonment of patents and patent applications and the potential for reinstating abandoned patents and applications.
Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Judicial Intern, Honorable Arrie W. Davis
June 2003–September 2003Researched and drafted opinion on transferred intent relating to attempted murder (published essentially unedited) and materials for Judicial Institute course on Intentional Torts & Punitive Damages.
American Systems Corporation (ASC), Baltimore, MD
Project Manager
March 2002–August 2002Managed the design and installation of telecommunications networking systems in the Baltimore County Public Schools.
Texel Corporation, Baltimore, MD
Project Manager/Operations Manager
May 1999–March 2002Managed the design and installation of telecommunications networking systems. Acted as sole project leader for the Technology in Maryland Schools Program (TIMS) for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
ADMISSIONS:
United States Patent & Trademark Office, Registered Patent Attorney # 60,428
Court of Appeals, Maryland 2005
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2006
U.S. District Court for District of Maryland 2006
EDUCATION:
The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
LL.M., Intellectual Property Law, May 2006
Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition: Competitor, 2006
University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD
J.D., May 2005
Dual Concentration: Intellectual Property Law and Business Law
IP Law Journal: Production Editor, June 2004 – May 2005; Staff Member, October 2004 – May 2004
IP Law Society: Advertising Director, June 2004 – May 2005; Member, October 2004 – May 2004
University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI
B.S., August 1996
Major: Biological Sciences, Minor: Psychology
BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
The Gabriel Network, Board of Directors, January 2009 to June 2010
Maryland State Bar Association, 2005 to present
Intellectual Property Law Section, Communications Chair – 2009 to present
Entertainment and Sports Law Section, 2007 to present
Prince Georges County Bar Association, 2007 to present
American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property, 2005 to present
American Intellectual Property Association, 2005 to present
PUBLICATIONS:
Co-author, Know Your Intellectual Property Rights,
The Business Monthly, March 2007.
Author, Perfect 10 v. Amazon, Case Review,
MSBAIP Annual IP Law Update Publication, May 2008.
Co-author, Don’t Get Caught in the Web Without Spinning Protection,
The Business Monthly, January 2009
Author, The Federal Circuit Gives Its Interpretation of the Materiality Test: In re Spirits
Internationa, N.V.MSBAIP Annual IP Law Update Publication, May 2009.
Author, Getting The Right Angle On Copyright In Architectural Works,
Building in Maryland & Washington, DC, September/October 2009
Author, Caught in the Rye: A Tale of Unfair Use
The Maryland Bar Journal, April/May 2010
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