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Stephen Kontos

Stephen Kontos

Drive startup growth / Patents / Trademarks / Intellectual property
  • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks ...
  • Michigan, USPTO
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Your company has unique intellectual property needs. You shouldn’t have to settle for a cookie-cutter approach to intellectual property protection.

Leveraging our intellectual property experience for Ford, Verizon, Hughes, EchoStar, DISH, Blackberry and others, we deliver tailored strategies to protect the intellectual property that:
- Attracts customers
- Excites investors
- Increases valuations
- Expedites exits

Services: Patents / Trademarks / IP Due Diligence / Fractional Chief Intellectual Property Officer

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We support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal industry, particularly for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Ask how we can help support your Tier 1/Tier 2 diversity initiatives.

Practice Areas
    Intellectual Property
    Patent Appeals, Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
    Business Law
    Business Formation
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Michigan
ID Number: P71607
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ID Number: 60337
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
IP Attorney / Owner
PatentXP PLLC Intellectual Property Law Firm
- Current
Partner / IP Attorney
Bejin Bieneman PLC
Associate Patent Attorney
Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC (now Fishman Stewart PLLC)
Wayne State University Law School
J.D. (2008)
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University of Detroit Mercy
B.S. (2003) | Electrical Engineering
Honors: Insignis Scholar, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi
Activities: Fencing Team, Titan Pep Band
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Super Lawyer (2019-2020)
Super Lawyers
Rising Star (2014-2018)
Super Lawyers
Pro Bono Recognition
US District Court Eastern District of Michigan
Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan  # P71607
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United States Patent & Trademark Office  # 60337
Registered Lawyer
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Articles & Publications
3 Ways Legal Departments Can Support LGBTQ+ Rights During Pride Month
Basic Startup Patent Strategy
The Key to Faster Trademark Registration
The Founder's Guide to Intellectual Property Strategy: How Successful Startups Protect Great ideas to Secure a Competitive Advantage
Choose the Right Business Name for Your Startup
Speaking Engagements
Turning Inventions Into Unicorns
1 Million Cups
Presentation on how startups can use intellectual property protection to increase the value of their business ahead of their exit.
LGBT-Owned Law Firm
Websites & Blogs
PatentXP PLLC Intellectual Property Law Firm
Intellectual Property Articles & Videos
Legal Answers
10 Questions Answered
Q. How do I know if my idea infringes on a patent? Patents are very complicated. Do I make an appointment with a lawyer?
A: You should be working with a patent lawyer during the R&D process. In general, a patent lawyer can help you understand the scope of the patent, identify other patents in your technical area that might be of concern, and help you either design around any enforceable patents or seek a license from the patent owner. You should consult with a patent lawyer before you do anything that would be considered patent infringement. DISCLAIMER I'm not your attorney. This is not legal advice. I do not guarantee any results.
Q. Is it possible to obtain a patent for a [NEVER SEEN] wooden portable toilet paper tissue holder.
A: Maybe. Patents are issued for inventions that are new, useful, and would not have been obvious. You may be able to secure a utility patent, a design patent, or both. A patent attorney can help you evaluate the likelihood of receiving meaningful patent protection during a private consultation. You should not publicly disclose any additional information about your concept. DISCLAIMER I'm not your attorney. This should not be construed as legal advice. I do not guarantee any results.
Q. Hi there, I am a content creator on Instagram. My content has been flagged for false DMCA and copyright strikes.
A: Instagram should have provided you with instructions for submitting a counter-notification. Instagram should restore your content if the third-party doesn't reply, which it sounds like they won't since they used disposable domains. DISCLAIMER I'm not your attorney. This isn't legal advice. I don't guarantee any results.
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