Stephen J. Kontos is a patent attorney with experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications for a variety of technologies. Leveraging his electrical engineering background and experience as outside intellectual property counsel to some of the largest companies in the world, Stephen helps in-house IP teams strategically patent innovative technology.

His significant engagements include:

  • Obtaining patents covering 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 products for major telecommunications companies
  • Patenting medical sensors and surgical robots for medical device companies

Stephen is a thought leader in various patent-related topics including subject matter eligibility issues under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and enablement issues under 35 U.S.C. § 112, particularly as they relate to electronics and software-based inventions.

Stephen supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal industry, particularly with respect to the LGBTQ+ community. His services help in-house legal departments meet their supplier diversity goals.




Phone: 571-432-0800

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United States Patent and Trademark Office



Wayne State University Law School (J.D.) – 2007

University of Detroit Mercy (B.S. Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude) – 2003


Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)

LGBTQ+ Bar Association

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section


Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association – Membership Chair (2021 – Present)