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Stephen Kontos

Stephen Kontos

PatentXP PLLC Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks
  • Michigan, USPTO
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I'm the founder of PATENTXP PLLC, an intellectual property law firm that helps companies protect their inventions, brand names, software, creative content, and secret business information.

Our team has helped Ford, Verizon, EchoStar, Hughes, DISH, Blackberry, and others protect their intellectual property. We also serve as fractional Chief IP Counsel to many tech startups, small businesses, and mid-market companies.

We offer FREE Strategy Sessions where you can talk with an experienced IP attorney. ADDED VALUE Want to protect your brand name? We’ll confirm your brand name or logo is available for US registration during the Strategy Session!

We can help your business protect its intellectual property. Our services keep others from stealing your intellectual property so you can build market share, maximize profits, and gain recognition as an industry leader.

PATENTS prevent your competitors from releasing products with valuable features you invented

TRADEMARKS help your customers quickly and easily identify your products on crowded store shelves

COPYRIGHT protection prevents others from stealing your software, product descriptions, user manuals, and marketing materials

TRADE SECRET protection stops former employees from starting a competing business using your customer list and other secret business information

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION 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
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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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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
9 Questions Answered

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.
Q. If an invention company gets a patent on a potential clients idea. Does the client have any legal rights for the idea?
A: It depends on the agreement with the invention company and whether the inventor assigned his or her rights to the invention company. Inventions in the United States are patented under the name of the inventor. But inventorship and ownership are different questions. If the inventor transferred ownership of the patent to the invention company, that company owns the patent.
Q. How can I go about researching to confirm my new idea doesn't copy someone else's patent.
A: You should consult with an experienced patent lawyer. This is not something you should try on your own. Determining whether you infringe a patent is complicated and best left to professionals. A patent lawyer can help you find the relevant patents in your industry and advise you during product development to keep your risk low. DISCLAIMER: No results are guaranteed. We do not have an attorney-client relationship.
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Telephone: (248) 430-6270
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