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Steven McMahon Zeller

Steven McMahon Zeller



  • Intellectual Property & Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property & Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Copyright
  • Intellectual Property

WSG Practice Industries


Illinois, U.S.A.

WSG Leadership

Patent Law Workshop Group
Patent Law Group

Steve Zeller is an experienced, registered patent attorney and a member in Dykema’s Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation practice areas. Mr. Zeller focuses on patent, trademark and trade secret litigation, as well as strategic patent counseling, procurement and portfolio management for domestic and international companies.

Mr. Zeller has successfully litigated patent and trade secret cases regarding a wide variety of technologies, including internet commerce, in-vehicle infotainment systems, MEMS microphones, optical media, medical devices, edible oils, online training software, power meters, compact florescent lights and electronic ballasts. He has also represented both plaintiffs and defendants in trademark and unfair competition matters. Mr. Zeller litigates at various district courts across the United States, including in California, Illinois, Michigan and Texas.

Mr. Zeller also leverages his engineering background to secure both domestic and international IP protection for technology-oriented companies and entrepreneurs. He practices in a wide range of technology fields, such as speakers and microphones, MEMS devices, fuel injectors, ceramic capacitors, internet commerce software, medical guide wires, cable conduit, compact fluorescent lights and bicycle brakes and derailleurs.

Mr. Zeller's patent practice focuses on:

  • Preparing, filing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications.
  • Patent reexaminations.
  • Developing IP portfolios, audits and protection strategies.
  • Counseling clients and providing legal opinions on third-party IP, including non-infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate opinions. 
  • Performing IP due diligence for corporate mergers and acquisitions. 

Mr. Zeller frequently speaks about IP law to audiences of in-house counsel, executives and students. He also is active in the Firm’s pro bono program, representing individuals in various litigation matters, including remedying mortgage fraud and redressing employment discrimination.

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1996


Northwestern University, J.D.
  • Dean's List
  • Law Review, Note & Comment Editor
Iowa State University, B.S.M.E.
  • Dean's List
  • Pi Tau Sigma
Areas of Practice

Copyright | Intellectual Property | Intellectual Property & Intellectual Property Litigation | Intellectual Property & Intellectual Property Litigation | Intellectual Property Litigation | Non-Compete, Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets | Patent Prosecution | Portfolio Due Diligence | Trademark

Professional Career

Professional Associations

    American Intellectual Property Law Association
    American Bar Association

"Coming to a state court near you! Could patent infringement matters really end up in state court?", Illinois State Bar IP Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 3, p.2 (2003)

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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