Stepan Starchenko is an associate in Ropes & Gray's intellectual property litigation group. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, Stepan spent time as a patent research analyst with Landon IP where he also participated in the USPTO’s pilot program performing searching and examination of PCT applications.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Stepan spent over 8 years as a Senior Intellectual Property Engineer & Patent Agent at Synaptics, Inc. While at Synaptics, his worked focused on identifying inventions relating to human interface devices and managing an extensive worldwide patent portfolio, from drafting to prosecution and enforcement strategy. Stepan’s work focused primarily on capacitive sensor design topology, analog front end and IC design, noise detection and mitigation, display and sensor integration, force and biometric sensing for opaque and transparent input devices in laptop, mobile phone, tablet, automotive and gaming systems.
Stepan is also a named inventor on U.S. Patent 9,785,217 “System and Method for Low Power Input Object Detection and Interaction.”