Stephen Kontos

Stephen Kontos

Intellectual Property for Electronics & Software Companies // Patents // Trademarks

Royal Oak
Michigan
Licensed in
MI, Patent Bar
Wayne State University Law School
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About
Leveraging his experience as intellectual property counsel to some of the largest companies in the world, Stephen helps in-house IP teams, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and startup founders strategically protect intellectual property that furthers business goals.

He has written and prosecuted over 500 patent and trademark applications in his career, most of which relate to electronic or software-based technology.

Significant projects

- Patenting the autonomous vehicle platform of a large automotive company
- Securing patents related to fiber optic networks, satellite communication networks, media content delivery systems, and consumer
… read more products for major telecommunications companies
- Patenting medical sensors and surgical robots for medical device companies

Stephen supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal industry, particularly with respect to the LGBTQ+ community.
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5.0
Clear Communication
Response Time
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out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Steve helped us protect a complex circuit design. Not only did he understand our technology, he was able to communicate the key improvement to the examiner, which led to us getting a patent much faster than anticipated."

IP Protection for Semiconductor Startup
Non-UpCounsel Client
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Steve's personality, ambition, and skillset are perfectly suited for startups like ours. PatentXP's work protecting our core technologies has been foundational to our ability to fundraise and establish customer partnerships."

Patent Protection for Fitness Industry Startup
Non-UpCounsel Client

Work History

VELN PLLC

Head of Intellectual Property

Oct 2021 - Present

Head of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights) for VELN PLLC

Oct 2021 - Present

PATENTXP PLLC

Founder & Lead IP Attorney

Oct 2018 - Present

I am the lead intellectual property attorney and founder of PATENTXP PLLC Intellectual Property Law Firm. Leveraging my experience as outside IP counsel to Ford, Verizon, and DISH, among others, I help startups, particularly those with underestimated founders, strategically protect intellectual property that impresses investors, attracts customers, and maximizes exit value.

Oct 2018 - Present

Bejin Bieneman PLC

Partner

Jun 2013 - Oct 2018

Prior to starting my present firm, I was a partner with Bejin Bieneman, a Metro Detroit intellectual property law firm. My focus was primarily on patent and trademark law for companies in the automotive and telecommunications industries.

Jun 2013 - Oct 2018

Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC

Associate (2008-2013); patent agent (2007-2008)

Apr 2007 - Jun 2013

I was a patent agent and IP associate focusing on patent and trademark law, primarily for companies in the telecommunications and medical device industries.

Apr 2007 - Jun 2013

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