Eric Steffe is a director in Sterne Kessler’s Biotechnology/Chemical Practice Group. He also serves as the chair of the firm’s Patent Prosecution Practice. Eric’s practice involves providing strategic counsel to his clients in various areas of patent law, with special emphasis on therapeutic antibodies, gene therapies, CRISPR, vaccines, diagnostics, antisense technologies, personalized medicine, and cell culturing/bioprocessing methods.
Eric has extensive expertise in inter partes review proceedings, patent reexaminations, managing complicated multi-family patent portfolios protecting pipeline and FDA-approved biotech products, preserving freedom to operate, interferences, and the IP issues arising out of industry collaborations and ongoing research. Additionally, his practice includes providing strategic advice to numerous companies seeking to launch products. In 2017, The Legal 500 recognized Eric as a "Leading Lawyer" in the U.S. for his patent prosecution work; a distinction awarded to only ten other attorneys in the entire country.
Eric has published and lectured extensively in the field, testified before Congress as a legal expert regarding the Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) Act, and was recently recognized by IAM Patent 1000 (2017) as a leading practitioner in patent prosecution. Additionally, he has been ranked by The Legal 500 as a “Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property – Patent Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents” since 2015. He was also recently named in 2017 as a “Life Sciences Star” by LMG and recognized in the Who’s Who Legal guide for patents in 2017.
Eric received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, his M.S. in molecular genetics, and his B.S. in physics from the University of Georgia.
- Who's Who Legal, "Patents" (2017-2016)
- The Legal 500, "Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property - Patent Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents" (2017-2015)
- IAM Patent 1000, "Recommended Lawyer - Patent Prosecution" (2017-2014)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science