Stephen R. Buckingham Partner

New Jersey
T 973.597.2326 | F 973.597.2327

From childhood through engineering school and continuing with the practice of law, Stephen R. Buckingham has always had a deep curiosity and passion for understanding how things work. This has served Steve well as a litigator and legal counselor who focuses on cases involving technology and science. At both trial and appellate levels, he has more than twenty three years of experience litigating matters requiring an understanding of and ability to develop facts from scientific, engineering and technological data, and successfully navigating clients through the legal system to achieve business objectives.

Steve represents and counsels clients in the electronics, software/computer, internet, life sciences and other industries. Whether asserting or defending against claims of patent infringement or trade secret misappropriation, litigating complex breach of contract or license claims involving technology development agreements and/or intellectual property rights, defending product liability claims, or strategizing with clients pre-litigation to manage and minimize legal risk, Steve brings the same level of enthusiasm and commitment to learning his clients' businesses and their technologies, to help formulate and execute optimal legal strategies.

Steve taught patent claim drafting as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University Law School from 2005 to 2011, and has handled pro bono cases with and for the Education Law Center, advocating on behalf of low income school children for equal educational opportunity and school finance reform in New Jersey and other states. He is also currently Board Counsel for the New Jersey Audubon Society, one of New Jersey’s oldest and well-respected non-profit conservation organizations.

Steve enjoys hiking, running and nature photography.

Representative Engagements

Prevailed at jury trial in obtaining for our client Joyal Products an $18 million judgment of patent infringement against a Chinese motor manufacturer, and after successfully defending an appeal of the judgment before the Federal Circuit, settled for more than the amount of the judgment.
Defended Rutgers University in a patent and antitrust matter in which a terminated patent licensee sued Rutgers to invalidate 24 of Rutgers’ patents, and asserted antitrust and RICO claims based on alleged anticompetitive licensing practices and unlawful enforcement of invalid patents. Case was dismissed in a published decision, Jersey Asparagus Farms, Inc. v. Rutgers Univ., 803 F. Supp. 2d 295 (D.N.J. 2011), which was not appealed.
Represented Rutgers University for many years in disputes with licensees of Rutgers patent rights.
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Other Distinctions

  • IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2013) - Recognized among leading patent practitioners and praised as a "sound lawyer in the electrical and mechanical arts” and "an experienced litigator at both trial and appellate level and an all-round astute IP strategist."


Grokster’s Impact on Patent Law: Does It Resolve a Federal Circuit Split?
Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal formerly Journal of Proprietary Rights, February 2006
Stephen Buckingham, Matt Savare
Turn Off That "Auto Delete" Switch: Sanctions for Failure to Preserve Electronic Evidence
Litigation Alert, January 2005
Stephen Buckingham
Deciding Between Patent and Trade Secret Protection
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, February 2004
Stephen Buckingham, Justin D. Petruzzelli, Esq.
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Press Mentions

In The Star Ledger, Stephen Buckingham comments on intellectual property issues related to an action figure based on the now infamous New Jersey "tanning mom." , The Star Ledger , May 9, 2012
Lowenstein Sandler is highlighted for winning a significant patent infringement judgment for client Joyal Products, Inc. against the international motor manufacturing conglomerate Johnson Electric. The judgment reflected an award of treble damages and attorneys' fees based on willful infringement, as well as a permanent injunction and post-judgment royalties of 26% of gross revenues. David Harris and Stephen Buckingham led the Lowenstein team. , IP Today, New Jersey Law Journal, , March 2009
David W. Field and Stephen R. Buckingham featured for defending, pro bono, 52 laid-off factory workers who had a $2.26 million default judgment entered against them unknowingly by their employer in an effort to avoid workers compensation claims. , The Star Ledger , April 12, 2007
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Related Areas

Class Action Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Life Sciences
The Tech Group
Trademark Prosecution and Enforcement


Rutgers University School of Law - Newark ( J.D. , 1989 ) , with honors, Order of the Coif, Senior Articles Editor, Rutgers Law Review
Lafayette College ( B.A. , 1982 )


U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey , Judge Alfred Wolin  
New Jersey Supreme Court , Honorable Stewart G. Pollock  

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges (1998-2002)
  • Member, Rutgers Venture Advisory Council (RVAC)