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Steven Rinehart Domain Name & Internet Dispute Representation

 STEVEN RINEHART 

Lvx in pace et ferrvsqve in bello
Your light in peace and your sword in war
BACKGROUND
Steven Rinehart is an internet and property law specialist who regularly prepares, prosecutes, secures and enforces IP rights.  He obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2003 and studied Computer Science, Naval Science and English as an undergraduate before getting his degree from Brigham Young University. He has started and sold several Internet companies and has an iron grasp of the virtual frontier. Steve focuses on patent and Internet law.  He has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of IP applications.  He regularly files on improved mechanical devices as well as software.  Steve has handled over 100 domain name disputes. He is a member of the UTLA and founder of a free legal file exchange.  Steve is also a licensed in the state of Virginia.
ADMISSIONS
EDUCATION
Licensed:2007
Bar No.11,494
Utah State Bar Association
Licensed:2007
Reg No.61,403
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Licensed:2011
Bar
81,738
Virginia Bar Association
Admitted:2007
American IP Law Association 
Juris Doctorate
(JD) 2003

University of Utah
College of Law

Bachelor of Arts
(BA) 2000

Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah
Licensed Pilot
2005

Federal Aviation Administraton (FAA)
CONTACT INFO
PERSONAL MESSAGE
Telephone (U.S.):888-941-9933
Facsimilie No. (U.S.):801-665-1292
Mobile Telephone No. (U.S.):801-347-5173
Email:steve@uspatentlaw.us
V-Card:download
Physical Address:110 S. Regent Street, Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
United States of America
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I work in association with other specialists with backgrounds in most of the major technical arts. I also write and have written, applications for many well-respected companies including IBM.  I regularly file applications with the USPTO, as well as the U.S. Receiving Office under the PCT. I can also handle litigation matters, including infringement lawsuits, opposition proceedings, and ICANN UDRP domain name disputes. Whatever your IP needs may be, I can offer you expeditious and competent representation. I am available to my clients anytime, including days, nights and weekends. I regularly travel to ChinaCalifornia, and Virginia, and can offer clients in California and Virginia better rates than many local attorneys.  Click HERE for a copy my Certificate of Good Standing
REPRESENTATIVE CASES
WRITING SAMPLES

Recent Federal Litigation
*  See below for an exhaustive list.
Reported Appellate Decisions
*  Robertson Marine v. I4 Solutions, Case No. 20080962-CA, Filed January 22, 2010, 2010 UT App 9 (represented Apellant in seeking review of trial court's non-award of attorney fees to prevailing party/client). 
For the Audio File of Steve's Oral Argument Click HERE.

Jury Trial History
*  Robertson Marine Inc. v. I4 Solutions, Inc., (represented Defendants and defeated all of Plaintiffs' claims in trial against McIntyre and Golden while prevailing on Defendant/client's counterclaims, finishing trial with judgment in favor of Defendants on claims and counterclaims).
*  Gordon Grotepas v. Stephen and Julie Pinchak, (represented Plaintiff and prevailed in trial against Smith Knowles representing Defendants.  Awarded judgment for all of claimed damages plus attorney fees against defendants).
 I4 Solutions, Inc. v. Martin Braden, (trial is scheduled before Judge Page of Utah's Second District Court).
Audio of Steven Rinehart oral argument on summary judgment here.
Note: This trial list does not include seven (7) small claims trials, in all of which Mr. Rinehart prevailed.
Recent Domain Name Dispute Victories
bitzip.com;  bullex.com;  fbomb.com;  fpscheats.com;  graduateschools.com;  iboss.com;  mia.com;  pass-guarantee.comspudos.com;  resumepro.com;  ukhouseclearances.com;  royalnissan.comlawspeak.com;  
frankrisalvato.comdigitalaccesspass.com;  tinyprint.com;  houseofflags.comtrijiconriflescopes.com;  
trijiconstore.com;fpsrussia.comelitefts.comclimacab.competpeoplesplace.com;  purepostcards.com
ezq.comjonahhunt.com;phaseeight.comteraflex.com;  wiiu.comallisonsworkwear.com;  
theedenclubfraud.com;  acecapital.com;  kendrickmoxon.com;  excellencechocolate.com;  
greenhornetlighting.com;  greatwallchinamarathon.com;  broadbandvoice.com;  roadcam.com;  realegroup.comautonav.com;  candocanines.com;  solidx.com;  kandypearls.com;  
cizetaautomobili.comluxus.comohiopowertoolrepair.comsalterspiralstairs.comhomesmart.com
microsretail.comamericansleepassociation.comchooze.com;  drgrowitall.com;  lloydirvinrapetruth.comgooddesignaward.com;
Recent Court Victories
ezq.com (won federal ex parte TRO forcing VeriSign to strip this three-letter domain from its Chinese registrant and deliver to California corp); ksoftware.com (won federal court transfer order in Virginia stripping this domain from its Caribbean registrant for Kentucky corp); truckmaster.com (won domain in settlement during ACPA federal case after removing from state court and after UDRP loss); bullex.com (won federal transfer order stripping this domain from its Korean registrant for New York corp); websitelawyer.com (a rare case invovling state jurisdiction in which a state court ordered VeriSign to seize and change domain registration from the Cayman Islands); rarely-issued TRO against plaintiff in favor of defendant/counterclaimant in IP infringement matter.
Representative Clients
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Educational Audio Clips by Steve Rinehart
For answers to common questions, click HERE (audio clip loads from site).
For an audio clip on domain name disputes, click HERE (audio clip loads from site).
For the second audio clip on domian name disputes, click HERE (audio clip loads from site).

A list of all recent federal litigation cases handled by Steven Rinehart follows.  Please note that this list does not include more than 100 state cases, administrative actions, and arbitrations.

  1. Skywalker Holdings v. YJ IP (Case No. 1:16-CV-64) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (representing defendant in pat. infringement matter).
  2. Robinson v. DEFY Waterflight (Case No. 2:16-CV-833) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (representing defendant in pat. infringement matter).
  3. Denmel Holdings v. BlueLounge (Case No. 2:15-CV-87) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (represented defendant in pat. infringement action, settled on favorable terms).
  4. MeridainLink v. DH Holdings (Case No. CMB2013-00008) USPTO Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) (represented complainant in post-grant review proceeding before the PTAB).
  5. American Covers v. Rok Imports (Case No 2:12-CV-279) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (represented defendant in pat. infringement matter in which defendant successfully dismissed).
  6. Associated Recovery v. Butcher (Case No. 2:16-CV-126) U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (represented plaintiff in cybersquatting matter involving 200 domains).
  7. Sater v. Kriss (Case No. 2:16-CV-932) U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona (cybersquatting matter).
  8. Savage Companies v. Savage Logistics (Case No 2:16-CV-265) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (representing defendant in trademark infringement matter).  
  9. Savage Logistics v. Savage Companies (Case No. 4:15-CV-5015) U.S. District Court for the District of Washington (representing plaintiff in trademark infringement matter).
  10. Denis Reah v. Electronics Show Place (Case No. 2:09-CV-601) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (represented defendant in pat. infringement case successfully dismissed for lack of jurisdiction).
  11. Planet Blue v. Harmonix (Case No. 1:99-MC-9999) U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (represented defendant in pat. infringement matter).
  12. Planet Blue v. OC3 Entertainment (Case No. ) U.S. District Court for the District of California, Northern Division (represented defendant in pat. infringement matter).
  13. West Coast Trends v. Ogio International (Case No. 6:10-CV-688) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah (represented plaintiff in pat. infringement matter settled on favorable terms).
  14. Universal Trim Supply v. K & K Companies (Case No. 2:09-CV-18) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (represented defendant in pat. infringement matter settled without payment).
  15. Bullex v. JinHakYoo (Case No. 2:10-CV-668) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah (prevailed representing plaintiff in cybersquatting matter with injunction).
  16. RMV Enterprises v.  (Case No. 1:12-CV-335) U.S. District Court for the District of Virginia (prevailed representing plaintiff in in rem cybersquatting matter).
  17. Carpenter v. myschool (Case No. 1:15-CV-212) U.S. District Court for the District of Virginia (represented defendant in cybersquatting matter lost on summary judgment days before trial).
  18. Innovative Staffing v. ISHR (Case No. 2:14-CV-927) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (representing defendant settled on favorable terms).
  19. Fashion C.C. v. Apple Computer (Case No. 2:10-CV-195) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (representing plaintiff settled with permanent injunction).
  20. Strong College Students v. CHHJ Franchising (Case No. 2:12-CV-1156) U.S. District Court for District of Arizona (represented plaintiff in cybersquatting matter lost on summary judgment).
  21. EZQuest v. Baorui (Case No. 2:12-CV-730) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah (prevailed representing plaintiff in cybersquatting matter and secured preliminary injunction).
  22. Goulding v. Hill (Case No 2:14-CV-905), U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (cybersquatting case representing Plaintiff terminating with transfer of the disputed domains).
  23. International Marketing v. Bradley Morris (Case No 1:10-CV-26) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (prevailed representing Plaintiff with case dismissal).
  24. Web Entertainment Limited v. y8.org (Case No. 1:14-CV-1416) U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (represented defendant in settled cybersquatting matter).
  25. Atkinson v. Ronald Fisher (Case No. 2:09-CV-601) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (represented Plaintiffs in fraud action).
  26. The Joint Sugarhouse v. I4 Solutions (Case No. 2:16-CV-151) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (representing Defendants in copyright infringement action).
  27. TruckMaster Logistics Systems v. Internet Enterprises (Case No. 2:09-CV-374) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (prevailed representing plaintiff in cybersquatting matter involving ).
  28. Matthew Crowder v. Heavy Lifting (Case No. ) U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (cybersquatting case).
  29. Park City Transportation v. Park City Limousines (Case No. 2:15-CV-24) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (representing defendant in trademark infringement matter).
  30. Rinehart v. Eighty B.N. (Case No. 120700582) Utah’s Second Judicial District Court (prevailed representing plaintiff in rare state court cybersquatting case involving the Lanham Act (a federal statute)).
  31. Phi-ten USA v. Rocky Mountain School of Baseball (Case No. 1:10-CV-145) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (represented plaintiff in trademark infringement matter).
  32. PrizeWise v. Oppenheimer (Case 2:07-CV-792) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (represented plaintiff in breach of NDA matter which was lost on summary judgment).
  33. RentMaster v. Shain Trading Corporation (Case No 2:10-CV-319) U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division (represented plaintiff in cybersquatting case dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction).
  34. FPS Games v. Kyle Meyers (Case No. 91208378) USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) (represented respondent and prevailed in cybersquatting/trademark opposition proceeding).
  35. Innovative Staffing v. ISHR (Case No. 91214407) USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) (represented respondent and prevailed in cybersquatting/trademark opposition proceeding).
  36. Alamo v. Wagmar Technologies (Case No. 91227082) USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) (represented respondent and settled in cybersquatting/trademark opposition).
  37. Strong College Student Moving v. Freidman (Case No. 92058063) USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) (represented complainant in trademark opposition).
  38. Fashion C.C.  v. Little (Case No. 91217375) USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) (represented complainant in trademark opposition).
  39. Elevation Distillery v. Salt Lake Distillery (Case No. 91217045) USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) (represented complainant in trademark opposition settled on favorable terms).
  40. Oceanside Capital v. AB (Case No. 91205819) USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) (represented complainant in trademark opposition settled).
  41. Under Armor v. Gatlin (Case No. 91203875) USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) (represented respondent in trademark opposition).
  42. Scimone v. Tinnus (Case No. 92051876) USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) (represented complainant in trademark opposition).
  43. Savage Logistics v. Savage Companies (Case No. 91221522) Trademark USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) (represented complainant in trademark opposition).
Recently Published Applications
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Office Action Response Samples
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Litigation Writing Samples
*  Implied Breach of Contract Complaint - U.S. District Court
* Infringement Answer and Counterclaims - U.S. District Court
*  Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) Complaint - U.S. District Court
*  Trademark Infringement Complaint - U.S. District Court
*  Rule 37 Motion for Sanctions - State Court
*  Rule 54 Motion to Reconsider - State Court
 
Recent Publications by Steve
Bucking Small Claim Courts - UTAH BAR J. 32, 33–34 (Sep. 4, 2010) (quoted by the Supreme Court in Allen v. Moyer, 2011 UT 44, 259 P.3d 1049).
Chinese Intellectual Property Chaos -  November 2010
Regula Pro Lege, Si Defict Lex - FEDERAL LAWYER (Sep. 4, 2016).
Recent News Publications on Steve's Work
Salt Lake Tribune: Domain Hijacking
AP: Website Theft
ECT News: IP Pointers
The Herald Journal:Trademark Tiff
Domain Name Wire: CitizenHawk Nailed and To Court to Save
Internet Commerce Association: Fbomb.com Win
Kain: Controversial Win

The Domains: Hit With a UDRP

Online Domain: PhaseEight Denied
The Domains: Nintendo Loses Important UDRP Case
The Herald Journal: Trademark Tiff
TESTIMONIALS
Brandon Anderson with I4 Solutions:
"I want to let you know how pleased I am with the legal services that have been rendered from Steven Rinehart.  Myself and my business partner worked directly with Steven Rinehart, and I cannot tell you how professional and courteous he is.  His attention to detail and understanding of the intricacies of our legal issues were second to none.  He took quality time to review our projects, and, as we brought other projects to him, I wondered if the quality of his work would diminish.  I am happy to report that it did not, in fact, as we gained a greater rapport with him, my expectations were exceeded!  I feel every legal project, be it a lawsuit, infringement case, domain name dispute, etc. all of them were handled with the same care and detailed attention that were given to us in the very first case we brought to him.  I can honestly say that I would recommend USPatentLaw.com to anyone, as I have already sent numerous friends and business acquaintances to work with this firm and all have reported back that they had the same experience that I continue to have.  We look forward to working with Steven for many years to come."
"Steven Rinehart is an expert in domain name disputes."

-- OC3 Entertainment








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