Steve R. Borgman

700 Louisiana Street Suite 4300, Houston, TX USA 77002


Steve Borgman is Team Leader of the firm’s Mechanical and Medical Device Patent practice. He is a registered patent attorney and his practice, which spans more than 30 years, includes counseling on a variety of intellectual property matters including mergers and acquisitions, license and technology agreements, and freedom-to-operate opinions. Steve also prosecutes patents and advises clients on their strategies for developing their patent portfolios. In addition to his transactional practice, Steve has handled a wide range of intellectual property litigation matters in a variety of industries including numerous patent cases in federal courts throughout the U.S. and before the International Trade Commission. Besides patent cases, Steve has experience with trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, and a wide variety of other types of litigation matters involving a broad range of technologies. He also has significant experience with the arbitration and mediation of intellectual property disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Steve was a partner in the Houston, Texas office of an international law firm where he focused his practice on intellectual property law.

Steve is listed in the 2017 and 2018 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a recognized practitioner in the area of Intellectual Property. He was recognized as an "IP Star" in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 and also in 2017 and the three years immediately preceding by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Steve was named a top patent litigation practitioner in 2017, 2021 and 2024 by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.


*Handled all the IP including portfolio strategy, licensing, freedom-to-operate opinions, and due diligence on acquisitions for a major contract drilling company engaged in oil and gas well drilling and related services.

*Provided IP diligence and advice to lead investors in $588 million merger resulting in a combined publicly listed hydraulic fracturing company.

*Provided counseling advice to his client, a major contract drilling company engaged in oil and gas well drilling and related services for exploration and production companies, in connection with its acquisition of a company that provides a full range of survey management services.

*Assisted that same client with the agreement in the acquisition of a company that provides unique technologies and services for lowering the cost and improving the accuracy and performance of drilling operations, for $75 million payable at closing and up to another $25 million in potential earn out payments.

*Obtained complete victory for a client accused of patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets in connections with computer software and methods for horizontal drilling of oil and gas wells. (N.D. Texas, Fed. Cir.)

*Represented a network service provider in a patent infringement case in the W.D. of Texas relating to telecommunication networks. Obtained dismissal of the case for lack of patentable subject matter prior to any discovery. The case settled while on appeal by plaintiff.

*Led the defense of a power supplier in a case in the E.D. of Texas involving mesh wireless systems for energy management. Obtained dismissal with no payments.

*Experience gained by attorney prior to joining Kilpatrick


University of Iowa College of Law J.D. (1986) with high distinction, Order of the Coif

Iowa State University B.S. (1983) Industrial Engineering


Texas (1986)

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1988)

Professional & Community Activities

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Law Section, Member

Houston Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Member

Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association, Member

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