Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD - General Partner

Steve McDaniel, JD, PhDSteve is the firm's managing partner since its inception in 1999. His practice's focus is technology and intellectual property law, specializing in trade secret and innovation protection, litigation and IP audits. He has been involved in the specialty chemical industry for nearly 10 years, working as attorney, Chief Innovation Officer, and CEO of a paint and coatings company. His technical expertise includes organic chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology.


Admissions and Litigation Experience

Steve is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern, Western, Eastern and Northern Federal District Courts of Texas and the Texas State Courts. He litigation experience includes cases tried in Federal Courts in the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas, the Texas State District Courts, the U.S. Patent Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Additionally, Steve provided expert testimony before the Texas legislature related to the legislative overruling of that decision and the establishment of a "discovery rule" in Texas trade secret jurisprudence.

Representative Litigation Clients

Steve has procured patents for the Texas Heart Institute, Aronex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ceres Technologies, Inc., California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sulzer Medica, Inc., Intermedics Orthopedics, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and NASA-JSC, among others.