Steven M. Balcof

Steven M. Balcof

Associate, New York
PHONE: 212-808-2944 FAX: 212-351-3401
Steven Balcof is a trial lawyer who has represented clients on the offensive and defensive side of patent, trade secret, and antitrust disputes. He has represented clients at various stages of corporate innovation—from early stage start-ups to established multinational companies—covering a wide range of technology, including 3G/4G communications, automobile safety, biologics, database management systems, digital printing, enterprise flash storage systems, flash memory, medical devices, mobile device cameras, signal processing, VOIP, and web applications.
Mr. Balcof has represented clients in Federal Courts across the country, including California, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey, and Texas. He has also represented clients before the International Trade Commission and at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Balcof has extensive patent litigation experience. Recently, he played a central role in securing a summary judgment ruling of noninfringement for Cisco in a matter involving voice-over-internet-protocol patents. Mr. Balcof was responsible for developing the prevailing noninfringement theory with Cisco’s technical expert.
Mr. Balcof is well-versed and has experience in managing the many stages of a patent case—from pre-suit diligence, through pleadings, claim construction, fact and expert discovery, and pre-trial procedures.  He also has experience counseling clients regarding their patent portfolios and licensing efforts.
Mr. Balcof first developed an interest in patent law in high school when he identified it as a career path for exploring his interests in technology and advocacy. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, he received his law degree from Emory University. In law school, he participated in the Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results, or TI:GER®, program, a collaboration between Emory Law and the Georgia Institute of Technology—the goal of which is to transform start-up projects based on promising research into viable business prospects.
Before joining Desmarais LLP, Mr. Balcof was an associate in the Intellectual Property Groups of Ropes & Gray LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit





Emory University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010

Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Industrial Engineering, 2007


2011, New York

2010, New Jersey

United States Patent and Trademark Office



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