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Stephen is a patent agent in Ice Miller’s Intellectual Property Practice.

Before joining Ice Miller, Stephen was a patent agent at two Indianapolis law firms where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications primarily in the electrical and mechanical arts, including software and artificial intelligence. Stephen has experience responding to correspondence forms from the United States Patent and Trademark Office regarding office actions, conducting prior art analysis to ensure the novelty of client patent application claims, providing post-issuance practice projects and litigation support. Stephen has supported opinion work including state of the art, patentability, clearance, infringement and validity, among other responsibilities.

Before becoming a patent agent, Stephen worked at General Motors for over 15 years in a variety of different engineering roles. He has acted as a product development team lead engineer, a design release engineer and a design validation engineer in the Hybrid Power Electronics Hardware Release Center, developing power electronics for hybrid and electric vehicles. In addition, he acted as a development engineer for Fuel Cell Activities, developing PEM fuel cells for automotive applications.

As product development team lead engineer and design release engineer, Stephen managed a variety of duties, including: strategically executing program objectives by fostering joint venture relations to deliver a high volume novel global product, ensuring power electronics electrical/mechanical designs and software/hardware interfaces were compliant with vehicle requirements, leading failure analysis activities, achieving cost savings of $1.5 million over product lifecycle while maintaining vehicle performance requirements, drafting technical requirements for second generation power electronics system for heavy duty vehicles and releasing design changes for 3D models, 2D drawings, circuit board components, mechanical enclosures, thermal design, electrical schematics and vehicle interfaces.

While acting as design validation engineer, Stephen developed accelerated testing specifications to ensure products satisfied lifecycle requirements; oversaw execution of the design validation process, which verified design requirements were met across various environmental conditions; and successfully validated combined power electronics and high voltage lithium-ion battery hybrid vehicle power system. Furthermore, as development engineer, Stephen received three U.S. Patents as an inventor, based on his research and development in fuel cell technology, during his time at General Motors.

Stephen Farris is licensed to practice patent law exclusively before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and represents both foreign and domestic clients before the USPTO in the area of patent prosecution. Stephen is not licensed to practice before state and federal court.
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  • “Patentability Challenges for Artificial Intelligence Based Inventions: An Examination Viewpoint,” AIPLA Spring Conference, (May 2018).
  • “Early Patent Examiner Interviews May Deliver Earlier Insurance,” SmithAmundsen IP Alert, (September, 2016).
  • “Taking the Patent Prosecution Highway,” SmithAmundsen IP Alert, (September 2015).
  • “Red Bull Gives You Wings – and a Headache for Red Bull,” SmithAmundsen IP Alert, (October 2014).
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