Stephen Marcus

Patent Attorney; Petitions and Reexaminations Expert
smarcus@hershkovitz.net
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Stephen MarcusStephen Marcus began his patent career at the USPTO in 1970, where he worked for 38½ years. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Science, which includes a large number of credits in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Engineering. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, and was admitted to the Heuisler Honor Society. He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.

At the USPTO, Mr. Marcus initially served as an Assistant Examiner and was promoted to Primary Examiner and then to Supervisory Patent Examiner, and principally worked on mechanical engineering technology. In 1992, he became a Special Program Examiner in Technology Center 3700, a newly-created position advising Patent Examiners with respect to complex legal issues related to the examination of both U.S. and PCT patent applications. He also worked to guide Examiners in establishing interference proceedings, and he was detailed to the USPTO Office of the Solicitor and to the Board of Appeals and Interference (now the Patent Trial and Appeal Board).

In addition, Mr. Marcus co-authored and delivered lectures on 35 U.S.C. § 103 at Phase 2 of the USPTO’s Patent Academy, a training facility for newly-hired patent examiners. He also taught classes in affidavit practice for examiners as part of the USPTO’s certification program for GS-13 level Examiners. He authored a law review article on In re Tanaka that was published in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society in January 2014. A summary and link to the full article can be found on this website here.

In January 2009, Mr. Marcus retired from the USPTO and worked for a large D.C. intellectual property firm before joining Hershkovitz & Associates in September, 2013.