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Stephen E. Kelly - Shareholder

Stephen E. Kelly


Johns Hopkins University, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1998

Gerard H. Schlimm Award, 1998

Class of 1929 Memorial Scholarship, 1997

John D. Bruck Memorial Scholarship, 1997

Johns Hopkins University Provost Research Award, 1997

Johns Hopkins University, Master of Civil Engineering, 1999
University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 2006

Florida Law Review

  • Student Works Editor, 2005-2006

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
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Stephen E. Kelly - Shareholder

Steve is a Registered Patent Attorney in the firm’s Litigation and Corporate and Tax groups.  His practice offers a full range of intellectual property law, including obtaining and enforcing patent, copyright, and trademark rights, and handling related matters in unfair competition, e-commerce, licensing, due diligence, and IP transactions.

Recent experience includes:

  • Patent Applications – preparing, filing, and prosecuting applications for a wide range of medical devices, electro-mechanical devices, consumer products, computer and software technology, and business methods;
  • Patent Searches and Clearance – performing freedom to operate and clearance searches, drafting novelty opinions, and preparing infringement opinions for medical, mechanical, and electrical devices, consumer products, toys, and software related technology;
  • Trademark Applications – preparing, filing, and prosecuting federal and state trademark applications and conducting strategic consultations with clients regarding trademark protection and enforcement matters;
  • Litigation – enforcing and defending against federal claims of infringement of patent, trademark, and copyright rights, and represented clients in trademark opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; 
  • SaaS, IT, and Software Technology – negotiating and drafting commercial agreements for software, cloud, and IT systems; 
  • Licensing – negotiating and drafting license and consulting agreements for patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret rights; 
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, and Private Equity – performing IP evaluations and due diligence for intellectual property assets in corporate transactions; and
  • Data Privacy – consulting on data privacy issues, and drafting terms of use, privacy policies, and end user license agreements for businesses engaged in e-commerce.

Prior to attending law school, Steve was a structural engineer for URS Corporation, an international engineering company with more than 130 offices worldwide.  During his time at URS Corporation, Steve gained extensive experience in the analysis and design of complex structural systems.  His experience included dynamic and finite element modeling, and linear, non-linear, seismic, and wind analysis techniques.

Outside of the office, Steve can be found enjoying Tampa’s wide variety of cultural and outdoor activities, from the beaches and golf courses, to music festivals and museums.


Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Professional Recognition

  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2010-2016)
    Intellectual Property

Professional Associations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member (2007-Present)
  • Association of Corporate Growth

    Orlando Chapter, 2015-Present

    Northeast Florida Chapter, 2011-2013

  • Leadership Orlando, Class 89
  • KYN Start Up Accelerator, Jacksonville Florida, Mentor (2014)
  • LawReviewCLE, CLE Presenter, Intellectual Property Basics (2012)