Steven W. Gutke


Steve joined TraskBritt as a Student Associate in 2007, and has been a shareholder since 2014. He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law where he graduated summa cum laude, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Steve was also a Notes Editor for the Journal of Law, Technology & Policy, and later wrote a Recent Developments article published by the same journal in 2013. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and German from Utah State University.

During law school, Steve received the Rickert Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement which is considered the most prestigious awards program conducted by the College of Law. As an attorney, Steve has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015 and 2017.

Professional Recognition

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars – 2015, 2017

Areas of Special Expertise

  • Product clearance opinions
  • Technology evaluation and invention identification

Bar Admissions

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

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Utah
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Pro Hac Vice)

Community and Professional Organizations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association (observer)
  • Utah Technology Council
  • Board Member of Davis Education Foundation


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
  • Utah State University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, Math Minor
  • Utah State University, B.A., German


  • German

Prior Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Engineering Intern, Schott A.G.
  • Engineering Intern, Nucor Steel

Publications and Presentations

  • Understanding the Rights and Information of Competitors from Patent Searching, as well as the Legal Risks that may Arise when Searching Patent Literature, International Competitive Intelligence Conference, April 2014 (upcoming), Bad Nauheim, Germany.
  • Steven W. Gutke, “Recent Developments in the Patent Eligibility of Software and Navigating the Uncertainty from a Patent Drafter’s Perspective,” U. Ill. J.L. Tech. & Poly, Volume 2013, Fall, Issue 2. LINK:

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