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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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Biography

Intellectual Property Protection for Electronics & Software Companies

In-house legal teams, entrepreneurs, startup founders, and business leaders of electronics and software companies hire me to protect their intellectual property.

Through highly efficient processes and cutting edge legal technology, we are able to provide intellectual property services faster and at a lower cost than traditional law firms.

Patents // Trademarks // IP Due Diligence

Education
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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Professional Experience
IP Attorney / Owner
PatentXP PLLC Intellectual Property Law Firm
- Current
Partner / IP Attorney
Bejin Bieneman PLC
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Associate Patent Attorney
Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC (now Fishman Stewart PLLC)
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Publications
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
StartupNation
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.
Certifications
LGBT-Owned Law Firm
NGLCC
Awards
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
Member
Current
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United States Patent & Trademark Office  # 60337
Registered Lawyer
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
ID Number: P71607
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USPTO
ID Number: 60337
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Intellectual Property
    Patents
    Patent Appeals, Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution
    Trademarks
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
    Business Law
    Business Formation
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
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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Websites & Blogs
Website
PatentXP PLLC Intellectual Property Law Firm
Blog
Intellectual Property Articles & Videos
Contact & Map
PatentXP PLLC
220 S. Main St.
Suite 233
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Telephone: (248) 430-6270
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Our hours are by appointment only. All appointments are virtual. Visit https://patentxp.com/appointments to schedule an appointment.