Dr. Steven Miller is an Associate at Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP. Dr. Miller’s twelve-year experience as a practicing general surgeon provides him with a unique perspective as a patent attorney. Since joining the firm in 2013, Dr. Miller’s practice has focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, with emphasis in the medical device and biotech space. He works with startup medical device and biotech companies and has experience researching existing biomedical technologies to define the current state of the art and other due diligence activities, including preparation of patentability and freedom to operate opinions. Dr. Miller’s experience also includes preparation and prosecution of trademark registrations, negotiation and drafting of license and other transactional documents, and assisting clients with enforcement of existing trademarks and copyrights.
Prior to joining Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts and while attending the Arizona Summit Law School in Phoenix, Dr. Miller worked as an advocate for over ten thousand federal healthcare employees in the Indian Health Service as the National Business Manager of the IHS National Council of the Laborers’ Union. In this role, Dr. Miller directed and participated in litigation and settlement of individual and class actions involving millions in damages. His medical research experience includes work in recombinant DNA and PCR techniques, pulmonary response to thermal injury, and assessment of public health needs in remote areas of Nepal.
A 2013 graduate of the Arizona Summit Law School, Dr. Miller graduated magna cum Laude, in the top 5% of his class. His law school honors include work as a managing and staff editor of the Phoenix Law Review, appointment as the student representative to the faculty curriculum committee, the Order of the Quill, and recipient of the Raul Castro and PSL Merit scholarships. Dr. Miller served as a student extern in the Arizona Supreme Court’s Staff Attorneys’ Office in 2012.
Dr. Miller is admitted in Arizona, the U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Arizona, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In addition to the Maricopa County Bar Association, Dr. Miller maintains memberships in the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Medical Association. He currently serves as the Intellectual Property Liaison to the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Arizona State Bar.