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.
Wayne State University Law School (J.D.) – 2007
University of Detroit Mercy (B.S. Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude) – 2003
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)