Steven L. Nichols

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Steven L. Nichols


Direct Line : 801.574.2626

215 South State Street Suite 1200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111


Steven L. Nichols has been involved with all aspects of intellectual property law for over 20 years. Steve entered the intellectual property field as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. As an examiner, Steve handled hundreds of patent applications related to light detectors with associated optics and circuitry. After two years at the Patent Office, Steve entered private practice, first as a patent agent and then as a registered patent attorney. Steve’s practice has covered all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on drafting and prosecuting patent and trademark applications for major corporate clients.

Currently, Steve serves as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University. Steve developed the curriculum for a course he teaches at the Fulton College of Engineering & Technology entitled “Fundamentals of Intellectual Property.” Steve has also taught eCommerce and Internet Law at the J. Rueben Clark Law School at BYU. Steve also developed the curriculum for this course which includes all aspects of legal practice relating to the internet including jurisdiction, intellectual property, electronic contracting and ethics.

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Practice Areas


United States Patent & Trademark Office, 1996 (Registration No. 40,326).
Virginia State Bar, October 1998.
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1998.
District of Columbia Bar, September 1999.
Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell
Named to the Utah Legal Elite (2011-2015)
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association, from 1996.

Utah State Bar, October 2000

Representative Projects

Successfully defended in re-examination a key portfolio of patents for Hewlett-Packard Co. on memristor technology. The memristor is a fundamental circuit element theorized since 1971, but not actually constructed until 2008 at HP Labs.

Representation for Charles (Chuck) Peddle, inventor of the first personal computer, in patenting revolutionary computer memory.
Prosecuted portfolio of patents for Hewlett-Packard on the ground-breaking technology of 3-D printing or freeform fabrication in which a real object is built, layer-by-layer, from electronic data.

Prosecuted portfolio of patents on implantable electrical stimulators to a variety of treat conditions including chronic nerve pain and migraine headaches. Current client focus is on cochlear implants to restoring hearing function in deaf patients.


Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Applied Physics from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and a Juris Doctor degree with High Honors from the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.

Community Service

Co-Chair, Planning Commission, Midway City, Utah
Venture Crew Advisor, Troop 274, Boy Scouts of America (2012-2015)
Former member, Midway City Boosters, Board of Directors