Stephen T. Schreiner

Stephen T. Schreiner

Stephen T. Schreiner

Stephen Schreiner is a partner in Goodwin’s IP Litigation Group and member of its Patent Litigation Practice. He focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent litigation, patent portfolio development, counseling and due diligence related to financial services, cryptography, software, e-commerce, business methods, digital television, signal processing, telecommunications, interactive media, the Internet and other areas.

In addition to counseling clients on patent infringement and trade secrets cases, Mr. Schreiner maintains a significant patent prosecution docket with hundreds of applications on financial services inventions and has experience with extra-judicial patent challenge procedures in the PTO under the America Invents Act legislation, including Inter Partes Review, Covered Business Method Review and Ex Parte Reexamination.

Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Schreiner spent eight years working for the Department of Navy developing and testing digital signal processing algorithms. Mr. Schreiner has been recognized as one of the world’s leading IP and patent practitioners by Intellectual Asset Management and The Legal 500 and is a key contributor to Goodwin’s Founders Workbench, an online resource for start-ups, emerging companies and the entrepreneurial community

Professional Activities

  • Board of Editors, Banking Law Journal (2006-Present)
  • Board of Editors, AIPLA Quarterly Journal (2010-2012)
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2007, Mr. Schreiner was a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP.


Mr. Schreiner was recognized by the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners in 2012-13 and listed in the 2007 Legal 500 U.S. Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers.

Areas of Practice


Mr. Schreiner's experience includes:

  • Favorable settlement in 2012 in Research Affiliates (RA) v. WisdomTree Investments (CDCA), a patent suit involving three patents on “fundamental index” based exchange traded funds (ETFs) filed by patent holder RA against our client WisdomTree. Pursuant to settlement, RA withdrew the suit, paid $700K to WisdomTree and issued a joint press release acknowledging WisdomTree’s independent development of its dividend-based fundamental indexes and ETFs.
  • Favorable settlement in 2010 in JPMorgan Chase, et al. v. Affiliated Computer Services, et al. (D. Del.) involving 10 patents on check imaging and payment processing.
  • Favorable settlement on behalf of defendant Crutchfield in Charles E. Hill v. Crutchfield (EDTX) patent case involving Internet http caching technology.
  • Favorable jury verdict and settlement on behalf of plaintiff Newport News in Newport News Shipbuilding v. DTI (EDVA), a trade secrets and patent case on military technology.
  • Multiple patent infringement cases involving six interactive digital television patents on cryptography/layered decryption asserted against Scientific-Atlanta (NDGA), Motorola (EDTX), Dish Network (EDTX), DirecTV (D. Del.) and Zynga (EDTX).
  • Maintain significant patent prosecution docket with hundreds of applications on financial services inventions, including software applications, website services, secure networks, transaction processing systems, special card products, exotic derivatives and special financial instruments. Have argued numerous appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals & Interferences (BPAI).
  • Numerous IP due diligence efforts in connection with corporate acquisitions and IP portfolio purchases.



J.D., 1997
Georgetown University

(magna cum laude)

B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1987
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

(cum laude)



District of Columbia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
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