Stephen R. Risley

404-585-2101

steverisley@kentrisley.com

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Steve has 20 years’ experience litigating in various district courts throughout the United States, including the “rocket dockets” in the Eastern District of Virginia and the Eastern District of Texas, Federal District Courts in California, and of course, the Federal District Courts in Georgia.  Steve has also litigated before the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., and has briefed and argued appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Steve currently is the head of the Firm’s litigation practice group, has achieved an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and is repeatedly recognized as a Top Rated Attorney in Georgia for Intellectual Property Law.  Steve also has testified at trial as an expert on patent law. 

Steve’s patent practice experience also includes interference practice and reexamination practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, before which Steve is registered to practice.  Steve also counsels clients and renders opinions concerning the infringement/non-infringement of patents, the validity/invalidity of patents, and the design of products and processes to avoid potential patent infringement assertions.  The technologies at issue in the patent matters in which Steve has been involved range from electrical/computer/Internet related inventions, mechanical inventions, chemical inventions, biotech inventions, and design patents.

Steve’s trademark experience includes litigation in Federal District Courts throughout the country, and opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Steve began his legal career as a law clerk in the Intellectual Property boutique law firm of Merchant & Gould in its Minneapolis, Minnesota office.  Steve’s first associate position was in the Washington, D.C. Intellectual Property boutique law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox.  Steve left Sterne, Kessler in 1992 to move to Atlanta and join the Intellectual Property boutique law firm of Hopkins & Thomas.  In 1996, Steve formed the Intellectual Property boutique law firm of Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley.  After nine years with Thomas, Kayden, Steve joined the national litigation firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi as a Partner in 2005.  Steve joined Smith Risley Tempel Santos as a Partner in 2009.  After seven years, Steve teamed with longtime friend Dan Kent to start Kent & Risley LLC.

 

Education

George Washington University, LL.M., Intellectual Property Law, 1990-92

Hamline University School of Law, JD cum laude, 1990

  - Senior Associate for the Hamline University Law Review (1988-1990)

  - Two-time member of Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Team

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS Biology, 1986

Admissions

District of Columbia Bar
State Bar of Georgia
United States Patent & Trademark Office (Registered to Practice)
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Claims

​Organizations

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section (ABA-IP)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Association of Patent Law Firms (APLF), Board Member (2005)
Association of University Technology Matters (AUTM)
Atlanta Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
Emory University Advisory Board
Federal Bar Association
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Licensing Executives Society (LES)
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Law Section

 

​Presentations

Recent Developments In Intellectual Property Damages, Intellectual Property Law Section of the Georgia Bar – Entertainment, Sports and IP Law Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica (November 7-10, 2013)

Recent Developments In Intellectual Property Damages, Intellectual Property Law Section of the Georgia Bar – Entertainment, Sports and IP Law Conference, Cabo, Mexico (November 9-13, 2011)

What Every Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property Law, Georgia Asian American Pacific Bar Association, Atlanta, Georgia (April 19, 2008)

Patent Infringement Litigation, Patent Resources Group, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada (October 16-18, 2006)

Damages in Patent Infringement Lawsuits, Georgia Intellectual Property SpringPosium, Gardner Groff, Braselton, GA (April 30, 2006)

Moderator/Speaker, Licensing, Georgia Intellectual Property SpringPosium (May 2005)

Panelist, Advanced IP Litigation, 10th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute (November 2004)

Moderator, New Frontiers in Therapeutics: Emerging Technologies in Infectious Disease and Oncology, Southeast Technology Expo (October 2004)

Host, Southeast Region Technology Transfer Directors Meeting, (July 2004)

Patent Law Update, Southeast Region Technology Transfer Directors Meeting (May 2003)

Moderator, Patent Litigation, 8th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute (November 2002)

Host, Southeast Region Technology Transfer Directors Meeting, (November 2002)

Litigation Strategies for Optimizing Your Damage Awards, IP Litigator, Vol. 7, No. 8 (September 2001)

Calculating and Proving Patent Damages: Getting the Award you Want, American Conference Institute-Tactical Considerations and Strategies for Success in Litigation Patent Disputes (March 2000)

Pre-Filing Investigations, Georgia Bar Intellectual Property Roundtable (June 1999)

Moderator, Patent Issues, American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law Spring Meeting (March 1998)

In a Patent Case, Removing Questions of Law and Equitable Issues from the Jury, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (1994)

 

Other

• Married and has two sons
• USA Hockey Level 4 Certified Coach
• Captain of the University of Wisconsin Rugby team

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