J. Steven Rutt

Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

J. Steven Rutt is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is chair of the Nanotechnology Industry Team and a member of the Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice. His practice includes patent counseling, IP licensing and agreements, including technology transfer carried out under the Bayh-Dole Act, patent landscaping and clearance opinions, patent prosecution, patent litigation support, trade secrets, and trademarks. His technology background is with materials and polymers, including applications in nanotechnology, cleantech, nanobio and nanomedicine, printed electronics, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, and biotechnology. An area of focus for Dr. Rutt is coordinating the delivery of all aspects of IP legal services to emerging companies and representing them in their agreement negotiations.

Dr. Rutt is a frequent writer and conference presenter with respect to nanotechnology/cleantech and the law, actively helping to lead and participate in Foley's Nanotechnology Industry Team and cleantech efforts. He serves as Foley's nanotech-cleantech blog editor (www.nanocleantechblog.com). Dr. Rutt also is a member of the NanoBusiness Alliance Advisory Board, as well as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center. He is also actively involved in legal training programs providing CLE. In addition, he is the author of a dozen scientific publications and inventor on four patents. His experience includes nine years of hands-on research in polymer synthesis and morphological studies, and his experience in private industry includes two years of corporate chemical research with NTT in Tokyo, Japan.