Steven J. Rocci
Steven J. Rocci P.C.
303 W. Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087
Steve is an experienced intellectual property lawyer whose 40+ years of technology and technology law experience includes 40 years of law firm practice. Before entering the practice of law, Steve worked as an electronics technician and electronics engineer, and as a specialist in energy related regulatory affairs. Steve began law firm practice in 1981, and has practiced in national and AmLaw 100 firms, practicing intellectual property law exclusively. Since that time, he has amassed extensive experience in the areas of patent and trade secret litigation, intellectual property procurement, counseling, dispute resolution, and licensing.
Today, Steve counsel clients in wide variety of technological arts, including computer software and hardware technologies, internet and web technologies, database and data storage technologies, telecoms technologies, semiconductor and semiconductor manufacturing technologies, business method and e–commerce technologies, medical device technologies, and various mechanical technologies. His client base has included major national and IT companies, as well as start–up and mid–cap companies. Steve taught law school courses in IP law, and patent litigation and strategy, for nearly 25 years, and held the post of Distinguished Practice Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia. He also served as a neutral for the American Arbitration Association for disputes relating to IP.
Steve is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is Av rated in Martindale Hubbell. Among other publications, he is listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, and he has been voted by his peers as one of Pennsylvania’s “Super Lawyers” in the area of IP.
Companies build IP portfolios for many reasons, including: to protect their products from being copied by competitors; to block competitors in a certain field of use; to reduce the risk of being sued by competitors; to provide defensive opportunities in the event they are sued; to create royalty bearing licensing opportunities; to create cross licensing opportunities; to minimize the risk of valuable information being taken from them; to build a reputation as an innovator; to build brand; and more.
Steve counsels clients in both building their own portfolios and in mining their portfolios to identify licensing and other revenue generating opportunities. Steve also assists clients in their due diligence when they are considering either the purchase of IP, or the acquisition of another entity that owns, or has enforcement right under, IP, and in assessing potential liability that an acquisition target may have under third party IP.
There are many reasons that a company may wish to obtain an IP related legal opinion; the reasons are primarily for defensive, offensive and due diligence purposes.
Defensive. A company may wish to obtain a legal opinion as to whether its own product or service, or an anticipated product or service, is clear of a third party’s IP rights, or whether a third party’s alleged IP rights are valid and/or enforceable. For example a company may: have been threatened with suit by a third party, and the merits of the threat are to be evaluated; be considering entering into a new venture or introducing a new product, and it desires to evaluate the risks, if any, posed by third party IP to the venture or new product; wish to obtain a “clearance” opinion or “freedom to operate” opinion; wish to determine the strength of a third party’s IP to assist it on deciding whether to obtain a license and/or to aid in the license terms; and more.
Offensive. Similarly, a company may wish to obtain an opinion as to whether there is or has been activity by another entity that violates the company’s IP rights. An opinion may guide the company in both determining whether to take action, and how to proceed in the event it decides to take action.
Due Diligence. A company may be considering acquiring another entity, or its assets, and may wish to gain an understanding of the strength and/or weaknesses of that entity’s IP, and/or the risks associated with the acquisition, e.g., whether the entity has been threatened with infringement or misappropriation.
Steve has extensive experience in providing each type of opinion. In each case, Steve immerses himself in the technology, and, where appropriate, the terms of the deal, to assist his client in making an informed decision as to how to proceed.
Steve has worked with numerous expert witnesses in the areas of patent and trade secret litigation, and has also provided expert witness services in certain cases. Steve is also available to serve as an expert witness, court appointed expert, and advisor to the court, on matters pertaining to patent law and the law of trade secret misappropriation.
“Steven Rocci has significant experience litigating complex patent disputes. He counts companies from a range of highly technical industries among his clients.“