R. Stevan Coursey

191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3800
Atlanta, GA 30303
D: 404.954.5107
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Peggy Smothers
D: 404.954.5045


Georgia State University College of Law
   J.D., 1993

Georgia Institute of Technology
   M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1981

Georgia Institute of Technology
   Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, with honors, 1978

Bar and Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Patent Bar
State of Georgia, 1994

Awards & Recognition

"AV" Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell (Intellectual Property Law)

Steve Coursey is an intellectual property attorney who practices patent and trademark prosecution, IP portfolio management and counseling, and IP litigation. With degrees in mechanical engineering, over a decade of experience developing computer hardware/software, and owning his own business, Steve combines technical and business knowledge with his legal practice to better understand his clients’ technologies, businesses, and particular IP needs.

Steve counsels international corporations, start-up companies, and individuals on protecting and commercializing their innovations both in the United States and abroad. He has experience managing IP portfolios, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and domain names, as well as the acquisition, sale, and licensing of IP and related technology. He provides patentability, non-infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate opinions, and has represented clients in technology-related disputes, contractual matters, and patent reexamination proceedings.

In a previous position as the chief intellectual property counsel at Home Depot, Steve handled the acquisition, protection, and management of the corporation’s IP assets around the world. He performed patent, trademark, domain, and licensing work, led infringement litigation, managed IP assets, risks, and liabilities, and advised and counseled the board of directors of Home Depot’s IP holding company on IP matters. While representing a major electric power utility and its electric power management software subsidiary, Steve drafted and negotiated computer software license and development agreements with companies around the world. He has experience in digital electronics, telecommunications, computer hardware design, software development, and electrical and mechanical technologies.

Steve obtained registrations for two of the first five sensory trademarks ever registered at the USPTO--an audio mark for the sounds of thunder and rain, and a video mark that included a strobe lightning effect. These cases were used by the USPTO as examples of how to prosecute a sensory trademark application.

In his free time, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling, playing golf, and fixing things around the house.

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