Recognizing the need to build bridges between the legal and technical worlds, Stu Soffer quickly emerged as a technical expert witness in intellectual property technical consultancy. Since 1993, he consults on Intellectual Property issues regarding software and the Internet, including patents, copyright, and trade secrets.
Stu also recognizes that the same skills and trusted demeanor can be applied to conducting technical due diligence for investors in startups and in Mergers and Acquisitions. In particular, he is available to conduct such consulting in the acquisition of Israeli tech and companies, and other overseas entities.
He is an innovator in the field of legal informatics, bringing empirical analysis to IP Litigation – and was an early collaborator on Stanford’s IP Litigation Clearinghouse. He is also the author of the Thesaurus of Claim Construction published by Oxford University Press in 2010, 2012 and 2017, the comprehensive resource to patent prosecutors, litigators and the courts.
His background is Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, followed by professional roles as a programmer, project manager and vice president of software development, with deep experience in real-time process control, clinical information systems, library automation and networked retrieval systems.
Between 2007 and 2012, Stu was a Non-Resident Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, and in 2009 was named as one of the IAM 250: The World's Leading IP Strategists. In 2012 Stu was elevated to a Senior Member of the Association of Computing Machinery.
He has served as an outside member of the Patent Review Committee of a major Japanese research and office products firm, evaluating proposed patent disclosures with inventors. He also educates startups on the issues and expectations in development a portfolio.