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.

  • 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

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Stuart Shapley Joins Munck Wilson Mandala

Stuart Shapley joined Munck Wilson Mandala’s Austin office as senior counsel in the intellectual property law practice group.  Shapley is a patent attorney with more than 10 years of experience representing clients on patent prosecution, litigation and licensing matters, across a range of technologies, including networked computer systems, data storage devices, e-commerce applications and medical

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University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 2003

Harvard College, BS, 1999


cum laude

  • Registered U.S. Patent Attorney
  • Austin Intellectual Property Association
  • The Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Texas, 2009

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office