Alex Stein uses his software engineering background to assist clients with their IP procurement, enforcement, and defense needs. For small and large clients, he has helped obtain hundreds of domestic and international patents, securing protection for technologies in diverse areas of computer science, electrical engineering, and human-computer interactions. Alex also specializes in developing winning strategies at the PTAB—participating in every aspect of more than 40 AIA proceedings, including taking and defending depositions, motion practice, and oral arguments on conference calls and live hearings.
While in law school, Alex worked in the IP department for a global provider of data storage, virtualization, and cloud computing services, where he prepared and prosecuted patent applications, evaluated products for compliance with open-source licenses, and helped defend against patent-infringement allegations. Before practicing law, he worked as a senior software engineer in the medical device industry—designing, implementing, and automatically testing complex end-to-end systems for remotely monitoring patients with implanted pacemaker or defibrillator devices. Alex leverages these industry experiences to quickly understand complex technologies, explain those technologies in understandable terms to a variety of stakeholders, and to provide reasoned counsel that aligns with business objectives.
During law school, Alex served as the executive articles editor of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. For his third year of law school, he attended Stanford Law School as a visiting J.D. student, earning the Gerald Gunther Prize for extraordinary performance in Intellectual Property: International.
University of Michigan Law School, 2014, J.D., Cum Laude
Stanford Law School, Visiting J.D. Student
Cornell University, 2007, A.B. (Information Science), Cum Laude
US Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Intellectual property: Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings), The Legal 500 US (2023)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)
Recipient, Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Intellectual Property: International, Stanford Law School
Executive Articles Editor, Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review
Recipient, Dean’s Scholarship (merit-based scholarship), University of Michigan Law School