STEVEN RINEHART - Virginia Patent Attorney
Virgina Patent Attorney Steven Rinehart

Steven Rinehart is a registered Virginia patent attorney who prepares, prosecutes and enforces patents and other intellectual property rights.  For a list of patent recently issued to Steve' client click here.  He obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2003, and studied Computer Science, Naval Science and English as an undergraduate . Before becoming a lawyer, Steve started and sold several Internet corporations, and understands the virtual frontier, from coding trends to SEO.  He frequently litigates cases involving software patents. Steve specializes in patent law (also focusing on Internet law), and regularly files patents on improved mechanical devices.  Steve is also interested in domain name disputes and software patents relating to steganography and cryptology.  Steve has been featured in the ECT News and Associated Press, is the founder of, a free legal file exchange for attorneys and non-attorneys alike.

Licensed:2011 Attorney

Virginia State Bar Association

Reg No.61,403
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Licensed:2007 Bar No.11,494

Utah 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

Federal Aviation Administraton (FAA)
Telephone (U.S.): 888-941-9933
Facsimilie No. (U.S.): 801-665-1292
Mobile Telephone No. (U.S.): 801-347-5173
 V-Card: download
Physical Address: 110 S. Regent Street, 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.
Recent Federal Litigation
*  Internet Enterprises v. TruckMaster Logistic Systems, Case No. 2:09-CV-374 (represented Defendant in IP infringement settled on favorable terms).
*  Fashion Career Center, Inc. v. Apple Computer, Inc., Vurgood, et al., Case No. 2:10-CV-195, (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 (Patent infringement case pending).
*  RentMaster, Inc. v. , Case No. 2:10-CV-319 (Trademark infringement case pending).
*  Phiten Co., Ltd., v. The Dugout, Case No. 1:10-CV-145 (Case settled in client's favor, permanent injunction entered).
*  Bullex System, Inc. v. Jin Hao Young, Case No.  1:10-CV-668 (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. C & A International, Inc., (represented plaintiff in product liability case against manufacturer of motorcycle brake lever which caused nearly fatal motorcycle 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.
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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
Small Claims Courts: Getting More Bang - September 4, 2010 (quoted by the Supreme Court in Allen v. Moyer).
Rinehart, Steven L., Regula Pro Lege, Si Defict Lex; THE FEDERAL LAWYER (Sep. 4, 2016).
Chinese Intellectual Property Chaos -  November 2010
Recent Publications on Steve's Work
Salt Lake Tribune: Domain Theft
AP: Website Theft
ECT News: IP Pointers
Domain Name Wire: CitizenHawk Nailed
Internet Commerce Association: Win
Kain: Controversial Win
The Herald Journal: Trademark Tiff