STEVEN RINEHART - Utah Patent Attorney
Utah Patent Attorney - Steven Rinehart

BACKGROUND
Steven Rinehart is a registered Utah patent attorney who prepares, prosecutes and enforces patents and other intellectual property rights.  He obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2003 from the University of Utah, and studied Computer Science, Naval Science and English as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University (BYU). Steven regularly files patents on improved mechanical and electrical devices, as well as software.  Steve has been featured in the ECT News and Associated Press, and is the founder of www.theopticon.com, a free legal file exchange for attorneys and non-attorneys alike.
ADMISSIONS
EDUCATION

Licensed:2011 Bar No. 11,494

Utah State Bar Association

Licensed:2007
Reg No.61,403

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Licensed:2011 Bar. 81,738

Virginia State Bar Association 
Juris Doctorate
(JD) 2003
University of Utah
College of Law
Bachelor of Arts
(BA) 2000
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah
Licensed Pilot
2005
Federal Aviation Administraton (FAA)
CONTACT INFO
PERSONAL MESSAGE
Telephone (U.S.): 888-941-9933
Facsimilie No. (U.S.): 801-665-1292
Mobile Telephone No. (U.S.): 801-347-5173
Email: steve@uspatentlaw.us
 V-Card: download
Physical Address: 110 S. Regent St., Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
United States of America
I work in association with other patent attorneys/agents with backgrounds in most of the major technical arts.  I write, and have written, patents for many well-respected companies including IBM.  I also regularly file patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as the U.S. Receiving Office under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). I can also help you handle litigation matters, including patent infringement lawsuits, trademark opposition proceedings, and ICANN UDRP domain name disputes. Whatever your IP needs, I can offer you expeditious and competent representation -- and can arrange to communicate with you in your native language if you live abroad.  I am available to clients anytime, including days, nights and weekends. I  maintain offices in Virginia and often travel to ChinaCalifornia, and Utah, and may be able to offer clients in California and New York better rates on patent preparation and prosecution, as well as domain name disputes, than local attorneys.
REPRESENTATIVE CASES
WRITING SAMPLES
EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS BY STEVEN RINEHART
VIDEO 1 - Basic Differences Between Patent Applications - Part 1 of 1
VIDEO 1 - Domain Name Disputes Basic Knowledge - Part 1 of 2
VIDEO 2 - Domain Name Disputes Basic Knowledge - Part 2 of 2
 
Recent Federal Litigation
*  Amiri v. TruckMaster Logistic Systems, Case No. 2:09-CV-374, Filed May 1, 2009 (With Rinehart representing Defendant in IP infringement, case settled with a cash payment from Plaintiff to Defendant and transfer from Plaintiff to Defendant of a disputed Internet domain name).
*  Fashion Career Center, Inc. v. Apple Computer, Inc., Vurgood, et al., Case No. 2:10-CV-195, Filed May 1, 2009 (Representing Plaintiff in IP infringment action, case settled for a cash and a permanent injunction in favor of Plaintiff).
*  Universal Trim Supply v. K&K Trading, Case No. 2:09-CV-18, Filed (Patent infringement case pending).
*  RentMaster, Inc. v. , Case No. 2:10-CV-319, Filed March 1, 2010 (Trademark infringement case pending).
*  Phiten Co., Ltd., v. The Dugout, Case No., Filed (Case settled in client's favor, permanent injunction entered).
*  Bullex System, Inc. v. Jin Hao Young, Case No., Filed (Trademark infringement case pending).
Reported Appellate Decisions
*  Robertson Marine v. I4 Solutions, Case No. 20080962-CA, Filed January 22, 2010, 2010 UT App 9 (represented Apellant in seeking review of trial court's non-award of attorney fees to prevailing party/client). 
For the Audio File of Steve's Oral Argument Click HERE.

Jury Trial History
*  Robertson Marine Inc. v. I4 Solutions, Inc., (represented Defendants and defeated all of Plaintiffs' claims in trial against McIntyre and Golden while prevailing on Defendant/client's counterclaims, finishing trial with judgment in favor of Defendants on claims and counterclaims).
*  Gordon Grotepas v. Stephen and Julie Pinchak, (represented Plaintiff and prevailed in trial against Smith Knowles representing Defendants.  Awarded judgment for all of claimed damages plus attorney fees against defendants).
Brooke Weisbender v. International, Inc. (represented plaintiff in product liability case involving freeway automotive accident.  Was awarded 80% of claimed damages against product manufacturer.)
I4 Solutions, Inc. v. Martin Braden, (trial is scheduled before Judge Morris of Utah's Second District Court).
Note: This trial list does not include seven (7) small claims trials, in all of which Mr. Rinehart prevailed.
Recent Domain Name Dispute Victories
bitzip.combullex.comfbomb.comfpscheats.comgraduateschools.com;  iboss.commia.compass-guarantee.comspudos.comresumepro.com;  teraflex.com;  fpsrussia.com;  phaseeight.compurepotcards.com;  ukhouseclearances.comroyalnissan.com; lawspeak.comfrankrisalvato.comdigitalaccesspass.comtinyprint.comhouseofflags.com; wiiu.com; trijiconriflescopes.comtrijiconstore.com; elitefts.com;  climacab.competpeoplesplace.com; ezq.com;  jonahhunt.comtheedenclubfraud.comacecapital.com;  kendrickmoxon.com;  excellencechocolate.com;  greenhornetlighting.com;  greatwallchinamarathon.combroadbandvoice.com;  roadcam.com;  realegroup.com;  autonav.com;
Representative Clients
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Recently Published Patent Applications
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Office Action Response Samples
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Litigation Writing Samples
*  Implied Breach of Contract Complaint - U.S. District Court
*  Patent Infringement Answer and Counterclaims - U.S. District Court
*  Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) Complaint - U.S. District Court
*  Trademark Infringement Complaint - U.S. District Court
*  Rule 37 Motion for Sanctions - State Court
*  Rule 54 Motion to Reconsider - State Court
 
Recent Publications by Steve
Bucking Small Claims Courts - UTAH BAR J. 32, 33–34 (Sep. 4, 2010) (quoted by the Supreme Court in Allen v. Moyer).
 
Chinese Intellectual Property Chaos -  November 2010
 
Recent Publications on Steve's Work
Salt Lake Tribune: Cyberpiracy
AP: Website Theft
ECT News: IP Pointers
BYU: Patent Searching
Domain Name Wire: CitizenHawk Nailed
Internet Commerce Association: Fbomb.com Win
Kain: Controversial Win
The Domains: EZQ Win
The Herald Journal: Trademark Tiff