Stephen E. Murray

Stephen E. Murray

Practice Areas
Education
  • Temple University, BS, Physics, summa cum laude 2003
  • Temple University, James Beasley School of Law, Juris Doctor 2006
Bar Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2012
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Stephen E. Murray Partner

Philadelphia: 215.965.1307   F: 215.965.1331   E: smurray@panitchlaw.com

Best Lawyers Award Badge An intellectual property attorney dedicated to obtaining and enforcing patent rights, Stephen E. Murray's practice over the last 10+ years has focused on all aspects of strategic patent counselling, the preparation and prosecution of patent applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"), and on post-grant review proceedings in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). Over the years, he has successfully represented both petitioners and patent owners before the PTAB, and handled all aspects of post-grant review proceedings, including oral hearings, depositions, discovery, and briefing. Mr. Murray also has strong litigation experience, having been involved in numerous matters before U.S. District Courts, and before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Stephen E. Murray
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Mr. Murray's practice also includes strategic patent portfolio development, due diligence, licensing matters and the provision of opinion letters on patent validity and infringement. He manages national and international portfolios for numerous clients. Known for his fastidious and thorough preparation on each representation, Mr. Murray seeks to obtain a thorough understanding of his client's business goals so as to devise IP cutting edge strategies to meet these objectives.

Armed with broad technical knowledge, Mr. Murray has substantial experience in handling matters on behalf of large and small clients in the fields of optics (including lenses, lasers, and imagers), solid state physics (including semiconductor device and manufacturing and computer memory), and software (including user interfaces, video games, and jukeboxes), as well as in other electrical and mechanical-oriented fields.

Mr. Murray's background enables him to handle a broad range of technologies, including in the fields of optics (e.g., lenses, lasers, and imagers), solid state physics (e.g., semiconductor devices and manufacturing and computer memory), and software (e.g., user interfaces, video games, and jukeboxes), as well as in other electrical and mechanical-oriented fields.

Named to U.S. World and Report's "Best Lawyers in America" for patent law, for the last two years, Mr. Murray has also previously been named to the List of Pennsylvania Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, an honor bestowed on no more than 2.5 % of lawyers in the state.

Mr. Murray is currently the chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Committee, which oversees the firm's practices and procedures related to intellectual property procurement. Mr. Murray also currently serves on the board of directors for the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, where he co-chairs the Chamber's technology committee.

Mr. Murray earned his B.S. summa cum laude in physics from Temple University, where he also served as a research assistant investigating the properties of high-temperature superconducting materials. He received the Otto Kurschner for Excellence in Science, given to the member of the graduating class concentrating in biology, biochemistry, geology or physics who attains the highest scholastic average. He received his law degree from the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The Super Lawyers® list is issued by Thomson Reuters under criteria applied by Super Lawyers®. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.

Memberships

  • Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Member of Technology Committee, 2012 - present
  • PA Bar Association, 2013 - Present
     

Representative Matters

  • Post-Grant Matters (before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board)
  • MacSports, Inc. v. Idea Nuova, Inc. (IPR2018-01006), represented patent owner over design patent on a foldable chair – obtained a decision denying institution of petition for review
  • Hamamatsu Corp. v. SiOnyx, LLC (IPR2016-01910), represented petitioner over patent on textured semiconductor imager devices – obtained a final decision invalidating majority of challenged claims
  • Hamamatsu Corp. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College (IPR2016-01143), represented petitioner over patent on textured semiconductor material – obtained a final decision invalidating majority of challenged claims
  • Atlas Copco Airpower N.V. v. Kaeser Kompressoren GmbH (IPR2015-01421), represented patent owner over patent on adsorption drying apparatus – obtained a final decision upholding validity of key claim
  • Hawaiian Telcom, Inc. v. Broadband iTV, Inc. (CBM2014-00189), represented patent owner over patent on video-on-demand – obtained decision denying institution of petition for review
  • Unified Patents, Inc. v. Broadband iTV, Inc. (IPR2014-01222) represented patent owner over patent on video-on-demand – obtained decision denying institution of petition for review
  • Cartera Commerce, Inc. and VesdiaCorp. v. TuitionFund, LLC (Reexam Nos. 95/001,601; 95/001,604; 95/001,606), represented petitioners over patents on rebate application methods – obtained cancellation of majority of claims
  • KGM Gaming LLC v. T.C. Millwork, Inc. and A.C. Coin and Slot Service Co., Inc. (Reexam Nos. 95/000,420; 95/000,421), represented petitioner over patents on slot machine bases – obtained cancellation of all challenged claims
  • Metrologic Instruments, Inc. v. Datalogic Scanning, Inc. (Reexam Nos. 95/000,289; 95/000,296), represented petitioner over patents on optical data scanners – obtained cancellation of majority of claims
     

District Court Cases

  • Creative Compounds, LLC v. S.A.N. Nutrition Corp., S.D. Fla., represented defendant –patent infringement over dicreatine maleate compound – settled favorably
  • Heraeus Electro-Nite Co. v. Midwest Instrument, E.D. Pa., represented patent owner – patent infringement over molten metal sensor – settled favorably
  • Idea Nuova, Inc. v. Tween Brands, Inc., S.D.N.Y., represented patent owner – patent infringement over locking mechanism for foldable chair – settled favorably
  • Immervision, Inc. v. CBC Co., Ltd., D. Del., represented patent owner –patent infringement over method for capturing digital panoramic image – settled favorably
  • Penn Emblem Company v. World Emblem International, S.D. Fla., represented patent owner –patent infringement over adhesive patch – settled favorably
  • Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. v. The Toro Company, E.D. Pa., represented patent owner – patent infringement over mower control system – settled favorably
  • ScriptPro, LLC v. Yuyama USA et al., Dis. Kansas, represented defendants – patent infringement over medication dispenser – settled favorably
  • T.C. Millwork, Inc. et al. v. KGM Gaming, LLC, E.D. Pa., represented defendants – patent infringement and state law tort claims over slot machine base – settled favorably
  • Zenith Products Corp. v. Splash Home, Inc., E.D. Pa., represented patent owner – design patent infringement over shower curtain hooks – settled favorably
     

Example Patents Obtained for Clients

  • Pat. No. 10,353,173 – for miniature wide-angle lens
  • Pat. No. 10,151,131 – for dual contact and contactless sensing edge for door or gate
  • Pat. No. 10,137,311 – for portable, wearable light therapy glasses
  • Pat. No. 10,111,577 – for LED endoscope with improved heat removal
  • Pat. No. 10,056,783 – for energy harvesting circuit for use with a logic circuit
  • Pat. No. 9,939,993 – for improved jukebox menu navigation
  • Pat. No. 9,776,073 – for multiplayer word game
  • Pat. No. 9,330,449 – for method of remote wind turbine blade inspection
  • Pat. No. 9,239,635 – for interface for use with dome-shaped screens
  • Pat. No. 8,922,119 – for improved structure and method of manufacturing for a flash lamp
  • Pat. No. 8,371,213 – for a diagnostic system for a compacter/baler

Articles & Presentations

7 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Among 2020 'Best Lawyers in America', 1 Named Lawyer of The Year // August 15, 2019
Philadelphia intellectual property lawyers listed among best in nation Read more

Stephen E. Murray Named Partner at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel // January 14, 2019
Murray brings a wealth of experience in patent application preparation and prosecution, post-grant review, and patent litigation Read more

PTAB Declines to Review Panitch Schwarze Client’s Design Patent, Allowing it to Remain Valid // November 20, 2018
Law360 covered a recent decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that effectively upheld a patent granted to Panitch Schwarze client Idea Nuova Inc. The PTAB declined a request for inter partes review of a patent held by Idea Nuova covering the design of a foldable chair. Read more

7 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Among 2019 ‘Best Lawyers in America’, 1 Named Lawyer of The Year
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that seven of its attorneys have been named to the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publications. In addition, partner Ronald L. Panitch was named the Best Lawyers 2019 Lawyer of The Year in the practice area of trade secrets law. Read more

PTAB Rules in Favor of Hamamatsu Corporation Over Harvard Patent // December 20, 2017
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has ruled in favor of its client, Hamamatsu Corporation. Read more

7 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Among 'Best Lawyers in America' // August 15, 2017
The intellectual property law firm of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that seven of its attorneys have been named to the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publications. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Attorney Named to Board of Directors of Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce // November 11, 2016
Philadelphia intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel is pleased to announce that attorney Stephen E. Murray has been named to the Board of Directors of the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the EMCCC Technology Committee. Read more

Thomson Reuters Names 9 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Among 2016 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars // May 13, 2016
Philadelphia and Wilmington IP lawyers listed among Pennsylvania’s and Delaware’s elite attorneys. Read more

9 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyers' and 'Rising Stars' for 2015 // May 15, 2015
Panitch Schwarze Belisario and Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that Ronald L. Panitch, William W. Schwarze, Martin G. Belisario, and Alan S. Nadel have been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list as five of the top attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2015. Read more

PTAB Rules in favor of BBiTV against Hawaiian Telcom // April 1, 2015
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that today the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favor of its client Broadband iTV, Inc. (“BBiTV”).  Read more

Panitch Schwarze Successful in Defeating Inter Partes Review Attempt by Unified Patents Inc. // January 8, 2015
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that on behalf of its client, Broad Band iTV (BBiTV), it has been successful in defeating an attempt by Unified Patents, Inc. to initiate an Inter Partes Review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board against BBiTV’s patent.  Read more

8 Panitch Schwarze Intellectual Property Attorneys Named Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyers' and 'Rising Stars' for 2014 // May 23, 2014
Panitch Schwarze Belisario and Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that Ronald L. Panitch, William W. Schwarze, Martin G. Belisario, and Alan S. Nadel have been selected to the Pennsylvania "Super Lawyers" list as four of the top attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2013. Read more

Inter Partes Review (IPR) // April 24, 2014
Steve Murray, of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP will discuss Inter Partes Review. Lunch will be served. CLE is being applied for but is not guaranteed. Read more

9 Panitch Schwarze Intellectual Property Attorneys Named Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyers' and 'Rising Stars' for 2013 // May 17, 2013
Pennsylvania "Super Lawyers" 2013 lists four attorneys from Panitch Schwarze Belisario and Nadel LLP as top lawyers in the state along with five attorneys as Pennsylvania "Rising Stars." Read more

Honors & Awards

  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Patents, 2018 – Present
  • Named a Pennsylvania "Rising Star," 2013 - 2016, by Thomson Reuters, publishers of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Received 2003 Otto Kurschner Award for Excellence in Science, given to the member of the graduating class concentrating in biology, biochemistry, geology or physics who attains the highest scholastic average.

Blog

October 4, 2018
Revised PTAB Operating Procedures Will Mean Transparency and Reliability for Patent Owners
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), created in 2012 as part of the America Invents Act, a branch of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that hears appeals to adverse examiner decisions and conducts trials, including inter partes reviews and post-grant challenges. Ideally, the PTAB is meant to ensure the predictable, uniform, and unbiased application of USPTO policy to patent applications. Read more

August 7, 2018
Let’s Face It; Some Patents Are Odd!
By Stephen E. Murray Over ten million patents have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to date. Here are four of the stranger ones: Patent 7062320 – Device for the treatment of hiccups “A device for the treatment of hiccups, and more specifically, to a method and apparatus for the treatment... Read more

May 21, 2018
Inter Partes Reviews – A Brief Primer, Recent Supreme Court Rulings, and the USPTO’s Notice of Proposed Changes
Inter partes reviews (IPRs) were enacted on September 16, 2012, as part of the America Invents Act (AIA) passed by Congress. Read more

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