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James D. Stein
+1 404 653 6439

271 17th Street, NW
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30363-6209

+1 404 653 6400
Fax +1 404 653 6444

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
    J.D., 2010
  • Rutgers University
    B.S., Electrical Engineering, with high honors, 2003

James D. Stein


James Stein focuses his practice on post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and currently represents clients in numerous inter partes reviews (IPR) and inter partes reexaminations. In these proceedings, he develops strategies for validity and claim construction in complex matters where the patent is involved in litigation; prepares petitions, briefs, and motions; works with expert witnesses to prepare expert reports; assists in preparation and deposition of opposing experts; and assists with discovery strategy and related issues.

Mr. Stein counsels clients on various types of patent matters, including portfolio development and strategic prosecution. As part of this practice, he has prepared many applications and assisted in the prosecution of hundreds of patents. He conducts patent clearance, validity, and competitor/landscape analyses, and provides opinions of counsel on patent infringement and validity. Mr. Stein also assists clients with patent monetization, including patent sales and licensing transactions.

Mr. Stein's litigation experience before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) includes conducting pre-trial preparations, assisting in discovery, working with expert witnesses to prepare expert reports, assisting in witness preparation, and preparing briefs regarding infringement and validity.


  • Assisted AOL in $1 billion sale of a portion of its patent portfolio to Microsoft.
  • Served as a USPTO patent examiner, reviewing U.S. and international patent applications related to optical devices, 2004-2006.
  • Former process engineer for an electronics assembly and testing facility.
  • Successful in helping patent owners obtain key non-institution victories in IPR cases.
  • Successful in helping clients obtain discovery in IPR cases.

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