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Stuart D. Shapley

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Stuart D. Shapley

Principal Attorney


Stuart D. Shapley


  • University of Virginia School of Law
    Charlottesville, VA 2003
    Major: Juris Doctorate
  • Harvard University
    Boston, MA 1999
    Major: Physics
    Honors: Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2009

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Attorney Bio

Stuart (Stu) Shapley is a principal attorney practicing in the technology/intellectual property law group.  With fifteen years’ experience in patent prosecution and litigation, Stu provides legal solutions across a broad spectrum of legal issues, technologies and client sizes, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to seed-round startups.

In addition to his legal practice, Stu works as a mentor with several Austin area accelerators to help early-stage companies protect their core intellectual property and obtain seed and angel round funding.

Stu is a graduate of Harvard University, earning an A.B. in Physics cum laude, and is a fluent German speaker.

Representative Experience

  • Lead associate representing electronics manufacturer in multi-party patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas in a patent dispute concerning Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) technology;
  • Core member of team defending pharmaceutical manufacturer in multi-party patent litigation, participated in drafting Markman brief that led to favorable claim construction and partial summary judgment at trial, as well as Federal Circuit appeal brief;
  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications for computer hardware and software, medical devices and mechanical systems;
  • Prepared invalidity opinions and freedom to operate studies involving a variety of technologies, including laptop computers, casino equipment, and automotive engines.

Professional Associations & Memberships

Registered U.S. Patent Attorney

Austin Intellectual Property Association

The Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property Inn of Court