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Stephen (Steve) E. Arnett



Steve Arnett is a partner in the firm's Patent practice.  Steve's practice focuses on all aspects of patent portfolio development, post issuance proceedings, due diligence for the acquisition and licensing of patent assets, non-infringement analysis, invalidity analysis, and freedom to operate analysis.  He regularly consults on patent enforcement matters and assists in patent analysis in support of litigation. 

With a background in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Steve brings over sixteen years of engineering experience with General Dynamics Space Systems, Lockheed-Martin Space Systems, and The Boeing Company.  He has performed patent preparation, prosecution, counseling and analysis in a wide variety of technology areas, including mechanical, electromechanical, semiconductor processing and packaging, aerospace, software systems, and business methods.  He has particular experience with software systems including graphical user interfaces, Internet-related technology and computer algorithms.

Steve is also an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches a course on Patent and Trade Secret Law.  He is also a frequent speaker in the areas of patent law and IP business strategy. 

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Rising Stars of Washington Law,” 2003, 2006 - 2009

Professional Leadership

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Patent Law Association

Related Employment

  • Seattle University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Patent and Trade Secret Law, 2011 - 2012
  • Seed & Berry LLP, Seattle, WA, Law Clerk, 1998
  • The Boeing Company Commercial Space Division, Seattle, WA, Principal Engineer, 1996 - 1999
  • Lockheed-Martin Space Systems (formerly General Dynamics Space Systems), San Diego, CA, Engineering Specialist, 1983 - 1995


  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1999
  • University of Washington, B.S., Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, magna cum laude, 1983

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office