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Steven Keough

Practicing Faculty


Steven Keough

Contact Information


  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1987 
  • M.A., The Catholic University of America, 1983
  • B.S., United States Naval Academy, 1977 

License to Practice

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark

Specialties and Courses

  • Contracts
  • Licensing
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Entrepreneurship-related disciplines


Keough recently served as General Counsel for a Software as a Service (SaaS) private early-stage company. Prior to this, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Counsel for pharmaceutical research and development companies in South Dakota, New York and Japan focusing on human health technologies including site-specific topical penetrants, intracellular drug delivery and novel anti-infectives using team science approaches. These experiences involved technology and personnel management, pharmaceutical products development, commercial partnering, and engagement with U.S. and foreign government entities. Companies Keough led between 2012-2018 earned multiple national awards for innovation management and advanced technologies, including Drug Store News, Gold Award for Best New Pharmaceutical Product; American Business Awards/The Stevie Award, Silver Award; and Edison Awards, Best New Pharmaceutical, Bronze Award; and Giant Vision Award from the Governor of South Dakota.He has been involved with numerous technologies and life-improving discoveries across multiple disciplines. For example, these range from retro-reflective cube corner technologies for traffic control signage to cardiac care technologies and to advanced polymer coatings on medical devices. Many of these efforts required U.S. and international experience in preventing and resolving intellectual property disputes, including trade-related conflicts, and conducting investigations in the U.S. and other countries.In addition to business and legal acumen gained through corporate and law firm life, Keough also received a Certificate in Finance for Non-Financial Professionals from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His public presentations have been at various large legal, business and scientific conferences throughout his career. Numerous global Commanding Officer tours and other experiences in the U.S. Navy reinforced his belief in promoting democracy through equitable legal processes and a sound judiciary.

Honors and Awards

  • Past Chairperson of multiple intellectual property bar association committees