Steve Yates

Steve Yates



  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property

WSG Practice Industries


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Oregon, U.S.A.


Steve Yates joined Schwabe after 16 years working with Intel Corporation. Steve has been deeply involved with technology almost his entire life, starting with the IMSAI 8080 when he was ten, through getting his BA and MA in Computer Science from Boston University. Steve then attended Harvard Law to set the foundation for a career in law and technology that has spanned over two decades.

Steve has focused his current intellectual property (IP) practice on software and Internet patents. His patent experiences over the years span diverse focus areas, and include worldwide portfolio development, analysis, targeted patenting, acquisitions, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Open Source, government contracting, US and non-US government sponsored research, and patent prosecution.

Steve’s position as Attorney at Schwabe gives him the opportunity to focus his work on select intellectual property generation and protection issues, while also investing time in supporting his community. Diversity and pro bono have both been a longtime passion of Steve’s. He first did clinical pro bono work while attending Harvard Law School, and was part of Intel’s Volunteer Lawyers Program for eight years. Steve is also committed to participating in diversity activities, as he served on Intel’s Black Leadership Council as a leadership coach for eight years.

**Admitted to practice only in Massachusetts and the USPTO.  Supervised by shareholders in the Portland office.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts State Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • Harvard Law School, Juris Doctor degree
  • Boston University, Bachelor of Arts degree, Computer Science
  • Boston University, Master of Arts degree, Computer Science
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)‎, Certified Information Privacy Professional: Europe (CIPP/E, 2020)
Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property | Patents

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Preparing software and Internet patents.
  • Worldwide patent portfolio development and management.
  • Patent analysis, such as reviewing patents for potential relevance to 3rd parties; infringement analysis.
  • Targeted patenting, such as filing continuations on patents to focus claims on a 3rd party product or revenue stream.
  • Patent acquisitions, such as reviewing marketplace opportunities for portfolio gap-filling patents.
  • Special interest groups, such as reviewing join requests for potential license impact to patent portfolios.


  • Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Technology Industry?