Stuart—an electrical engineer turned patent lawyer—uses his technical background to provide strategic IP counseling to clients, ranging from small startups to multinational public companies, throughout the lifecycle of their businesses. He also represents other prominent organizations in the technology space, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for which he served as counsel in litigation involving the so-called RSA encryption patent, considered to be fundamental to data privacy.

Stuart co-chairs Fenwick’s post-grant proceedings practice and is consistently recognized by Chambers USA as a top intellectual property advocate. He handles a wide range of IP-related matters, including:

  • Performing strategic IP planning and audits
  • Securing patent, copyright and other IP rights
  • Helping clients establish trade secrets and other IP policies
  • Managing patent reexaminations and other post-grant matters
  • Representing companies in technology-based litigation

Stuart manages the firm’s innovative, client-forward Vermont operations facility.

Stuart also maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on increasing diversity in the IP field. He represented Fenwick as a founding member of the group that created the California Inventors Assistance Program (CIAP), a pro bono program in cooperation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and California Lawyers for the Arts. He currently serves on the organization’s advisory board.

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  • Recent Recognitions
    • Chambers USA has recognized Stuart every year since 2011, currently ranking him in the first band for intellectual property
    • Daily Journal named Stuart among the top 20 artificial intelligence lawyers for 2019
    • Client Choice Awards recognized Stuart from a pool of more than 2,000 individual client assessments; Stuart was the sole honoree in the California patent category (2018)
    • The Legal 500 has honored Stuart for patent prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) every year since 2015
    • Super Lawyers, Northern California has consistently recognized Stuart for intellectual property since 2007
    • Best Lawyers in America has honored Stuart for information technology law annually since 2010
    • IAM Strategy 300 and IAM 1000 consistently honor Stuart for leading the way in the development and implementation of world-class IP programs (2016 – 2019)
    • Global Who’s Who Legal Guides included Stuart in its recognition of leading lawyers for internet and e-commerce, business, information technology and private practice (2012)
  • Speaking Engagements and Publications

    Beyond his practice, Stuart is a frequent IP law speaker and author:

    • Stuart co-founded the firm’s popular Bilski Blog, a patent law and developments forum, where he retains a chief editing role and is an active contributor.
    • Stuart serves as lead editor of the firm’s quarterly Intellectual Property Bulletin.
    • With his deep understanding of artificial intelligence, Stuart co-authored the book, “Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework,” published by ITechLaw (2019)—the book was a year-long collaboration between Stuart and a multi-disciplinary team of technology law professionals, researchers and industry representatives from 16 countries.
    • Stuart has been a guest lecturer on copyright law at the University of California’s Berkeley School of Law. He has contributed to books, authored numerous articles on IP law and is frequently invited to lecture throughout the U.S. and abroad.
    • Stuart has written widely on the America Invents Act as well as the PTO’s final rules implementing the AIA.

Representative Clients

  • A.C. Nielsen
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories
  • Canon Research Center
  • Cisco Systems
  • Compuware
  • Farmers Edge
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • HP Inc.
  • Intuit
  • next47
  • Palm
  • Segovia
  • Symantec
  • Vulcan

Education & Admissions

J.D., Yale Law School
Director of Yale Law and Technology Association

M.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (field of study: information sciences and systems)
Princeton University

B.S., with full honors, Electrical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Admitted to practice in California, Vermont and the District of Columbia

Registered patent attorney and practices regularly before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Groups and Associations

California Inventors Assistance Program (founding member and board member)

International Technology Law Association, formerly the Computer Law Association (past president)

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Owners Association

The Association for Computing Machinery

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law

The State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section

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