Steve Steger is a founder and the managing partner of Global IP, where he concentrates on all aspects of monetizing intellectual property through sales, licensing, and litigation, as well as strategic IP Counseling. Mr. Steger works out of Global IP’s Chicago office.
Mr. Steger has a broad range of intellectual property experience, including serving as Chief IP Counsel at both large, multi-national and smaller start-up companies, as well as in private practice. His experience includes strategic IP counseling, patent monetization through sales and licensing, infringement litigation, and patent and trademark prosecution and portfolio management. Mr. Steger has sold numerous patent portfolios of various sizes, spearheaded the licensing of large patent portfolios, developed IP policies and procedures for both mature patent portfolios and for start-up IP management, and has built internal capabilities for management, licensing, and prosecution of large patent portfolios.
Prior to founding Global IP, Mr. Steger was Vice President, Licensing and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Ygomi LLC, where he led a patent licensing business and directed all aspects of IP protection for multiple operating companies. Previously, Mr. Steger was Deputy General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Brunswick Corporation, a Fortune 500 company that manufactures recreational and lifestyle products under some of the of the world’s best known brands.
Before moving in-house, Mr. Steger was in private practice, first with Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione and then with Mayer Brown. While in private practice, Mr. Steger was primarily involved in patent infringement litigation. He was also involved in patent and trademark prosecution, IP due diligence for corporate transactions, and strategic IP counseling.
Mr. Steger’s combination of in-house and major law firm experience gives him particular insight into what is important to a business from an IP perspective, and how outside counsel can best add value to a corporate IP program.
Mr. Steger has been recognized as a leader in the worldwide IP community by numerous publications and organizations: he has been recognized as one of the top IP strategists in the world; one of the top 1000 IP attorneys in the world; and is annually recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer (top 5%) in IP counseling. Mr. Steger is a frequent lecturer on IP monetization topics around the globe, and has published numerous articles on IP issues.
Mr. Steger received a J.D., with honors, from the John Marshall Law School. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics, from Marquette University. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is licensed to practice law within the state of Illinois.