D. Kent Stier

Partner
Atlanta
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3800
Atlanta, GA 30303
D: 404.954.5066
Contact My Assistant
Merri D. Brami
D: 404.954.5038

Education

Georgia State University
J.D., 1999

Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Electrical Engineering, 1993

University of Evansville
B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1986

Bar and Court Admissions

Georgia State Bar, 1999
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Georgia Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Georgia Society of Engineers

Awards & Recognition

IP Stars by Managing IP, 2013-2014

Kent advises clients on all aspects of Intellectual Property law, including the establishment, procurement, management, and development of their domestic and international IP strategy and portfolios. His practice involves domestic and international IP management counseling, validity and infringement opinions, patent procurement and prosecution, due diligence investigations, IP assessment and valuation, licensing, patentability, and use-clearance searching.

Kent concentrates his practice in the areas of computer software, electronics, broadband transmission networks, cable television, electric utilities, smart grid, telecommunications, agricultural equipment, and business methods.

Prior to entering law school, Kent worked in the electric utility industry, holding various engineering and engineering management positions. He has been a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia since 1990.

At Merchant & Gould, Kent serves as the Managing Partner of the Atlanta office, as a member of the firm's electronics and computer law practice group, and on the Technology committee.