Stinson Leonard Street Adds Samir Mehta to Growing IP Team in St. Louis
Stinson Leonard Street LLP continued to deepen its intellectual property practice with the announcement that Samir Mehta has joined the firm in the St. Louis office. In the past 18 months Stinson Leonard Street has added five attorneys to its Intellectual Property and Technology Division in St. Louis.
Mehta's practice focuses on high technology intellectual property matters. He represents clients in the computer software, hardware and high technology industries. Mehta combines skills in all aspects of intellectual property work with a rich background working in the industry. He has significant experience in intellectual property litigation, post grant review, portfolio strategy, patent preparation, and prosecution.
Mehta has appeared in state, federal and appellate courtrooms throughout the country. He also has significant experience representing companies in inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Because the issue is central to his clients, Mehta has also intensively researched, written about, and presented on the consequences of the Alice Corp. decision. He regularly provides clients with guidance on the strategic ways to obtain, protect, and challenge patents in light of shifting guidance from the PTO and the courts.
Before attending law school, Mehta worked for several years in the software industry where he led a storage management product team. He also worked for a provider of smart-grid data analytics solutions where he assisted in the development of methods to help utilities in identifying energy theft, creating demand response solutions and managing grid assets.
In addition to Mehta, the firm added experienced practitioners Jeannie Boettler, Scott Eidson, Steve Kazmierski, and Brian Gill to its IP practice in the past year. They form a strong prosecution and litigation team with outstanding depth in biotechnology.
Stinson Leonard Street's IP&T Division consists of registered patent attorneys with extensive scientific and technical backgrounds, seasoned litigators and accomplished negotiators. Many are former judicial clerks. The firm's attorneys are also supported by specially trained IP assistants, state-of-the-art practice skill development and IP-focused information technology.
"We are very excited to add an attorney of Samir's caliber to what we are building with our IP practice both in St. Louis and nationally," said Steve Cosentino, the chair of Intellectual Property and Technology practice at Stinson Leonard Street. "He shares our commitment to exemplary client service and to finding creative, cost effective solutions to our client's legal issues. His legal acumen in the challenging field of software and technology makes him a great fit with our team."