Steven Rinehart is a registered patent attorney licensed before the State of Utah, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the US Patent and Trademark Office. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law in 2003. He studied Computer Science, Naval Science and English as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah where he graduated in 2000. Before becoming a lawyer, Steven founded and sold several Internet companies, including eWatches.com and PrizeWise.com, which both grossed over $1 million in revenue during their first years in business. Steven also founded theopticon.com, a free legal file exchange.
Steven has prepared and prosecuted over 200 patent applications and over 150 trademark applications. Steven has also handled over 120 UDRP domain name disputes, winning more than two-thirds of them. Steven regularly handles patent and trademark litigation in US district courts, including in rem Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) actions in Virginia. Steven has handled patent infringement matters in Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Florida and California.
Steven has been featured in the ECT News, Salt Lake Tribune, and Associated Press. He is a member of the Utah Trial Lawyers’ Association and founder of a free legal file exchange for attorneys and non-attorneys alike. Steven is also a licensed attorney in the state of Virginia.
Read some of Steven’s Insights Here.
Licensed: 2007; Bar No. 11,494 – Utah State Bar Association
Licensed: 2007; Reg No. 61,403 – U.S. Patent and Trademark Association (USPTO)
Licensed: 2011; Bar 81,738 – Virginia Bar Association
Admitted: 2007; American IP Law Association
Juris Doctorate (JD) 2003, University of Utah College of Law
Bachelor of Arts (BA) 200, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Licensed Pilot 2005, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Representative Legal Matters
Recent Federal Litigation
- I.E. v. TruckMaster Logistic Systems, Case No. 2:09-CV-374, Filed May 1, 2009 (Cybersquatting case settled on favorable terms).
- Fashion Career Center, Inc. v. Apple Computer, Inc., Vurgood, et al., Case No. 2:10-CV-195, Filed May 1, 2009 (Representing Plaintiff in IP infringement 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, Filed (Patent infringement case pending).
- RentMaster, Inc. v., Case No. 2:10-CV-319, Filed March 1, 2010 (Trademark infringement case pending).
- Phiten Co., Ltd., v. The Dugout, Case No., Filed (Case settled in client’s favor, permanent injunction entered).
- Bullex System, Inc. v. Jin Hao Young, Case No., Filed (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 Appellant 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).
- I4 Solutions, Inc. v. Martin Braden, (trial is scheduled before Judge Page of Utah’s Second District Court).
Recent Court Victories
- ezq.com (won federal ex parte TRO forcing VeriSign to strip this three-letter domain from its Chinese registrant and deliver to California corp)
- ksoftware.com (won federal court transfer order in Virginia stripping this domain from its Caribbean registrant for Kentucky corp)
- truckmaster.com (won domain in settlement during ACPA federal case after removing from state court and after UDRP loss)
- bullex.com (won federal transfer order stripping this domain from its Korean registrant for New York corp)
- websitelawyer.com (a rare case involving state jurisdiction in which a state court ordered VeriSign to seize and change domain registration from the Cayman Islands)
Recent Domain Name Dispute Victories
- Bucking Small Claim Courts – UTAH BAR J. 32, 33–34 (Sep. 4, 2010) (quoted by the Supreme Court in Allen v. Moyer, 2011 UT 44). Full publication here.
- The Domains (2013): Nintendo Loses UDRP on Wiiu.com
- Herald Journal (2014): USU Trademark Tiff
- Salt Lake Tribune (2012): Thieves Steal Company’s Web Domain Name
- Associated Press (AP) (2009): Web Name Theft
- eCommerce Times (2008): IP Pointers for E-Tailers
- Domain Name Wire (2010): CitizenHawk Nailed
- Internet Commerce Association (2009):UDRP Decisions Causes Concern
- The Domains (2012): EZQ.com Get Hit
- Online Domain (2014): Meet the Attorney that Represents Attorneys
- Underground Bunker (2014): Angry Gay Pope Loses Domain
- Online Domain (2013): UDRP Complaint for PhaseEight.com Denied
- BYU: Patent Searching
- Chinese Intellectual Property Chaos – November 2010