Stephen E. Pulley


Steve received his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he graduated cum laude, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to working at TraskBritt, he gained industry experience as a Diffusion Engineer at Micron Technology, Inc., where he analyzed, maintained, and improved semiconductor manufacturing processes in an advanced microchip fabrication facility. Steve’s practice focuses on the protection of inventions, complex patent litigation, and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in mechanical, medical and dental device, oil and gas, and semiconductor industries.

During law school, Steve received first place in the Kilpatrick Townsend Award for Intellectual Property Writing and Scholarship. He served as a Senior Editor of the BYU Education & Law Journal and as president of the school’s Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA).

Areas of Special Expertise

  • Composite materials and aerospace structures
  • Infringement, validity and enforceability evaluations
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Oil and gas exploration and production technologies
  • Patent and technology portfolio assesments and audits
  • Patentability evaluations
  • Semiconductor device design and fabrication

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Utah Bar

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Utah
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Community and Professional Organizations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Prior Professional Experience

  • Teachers Assistant, Machine Design Course at BYU
  • Engineering Intern, Lockheed Martin
  • Engineer, Micron Technology Inc.


  • Stephen Pulley, Comment, An “Exclusive” Application of an Abstract Idea: Clarification of Patent-Eligible Subject Matter After Bilski v. Kappos, 2011 BYU L. Rev. 1223 (2011)

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