Kilpatrick Stockton Adds Prominent Partners to Leading Intellectual Property Department

ATLANTA (February 7) – LAWFUEL – Kilpatrick Stockton announced today that Christopher Murphy and Michael Pavento have joined the firm as Partners in the Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Murphy, located in the firm’s Washington, DC office, is a member of the Patent Litigation Team. Mr. Pavento, located in the firm’s Atlanta office, is a member of the Intellectual Asset Acquisition & Transactions Team.

“Chris and Mike are outstanding additions to the IP Department and each brings extensive experience in their specific areas of practice ,” said John Pratt, Kilpatrick Stockton Intellectual Property Department Chair. “Chris is a perfect fit for our growing DC office and will be working with one of the nation’s leading Patent Litigation Teams. Mike’s background enhances the exceptional expertise on the firm’s well-recognized Intellectual Asset Acquisition & Transactions Team. The entire firm looks forward to working with both Chris and Mike.”

Mr. Murphy, a registered U.S. patent attorney, is an experienced trial lawyer focusing on intellectual property litigation and appeals. He has handled all aspects of intellectual property litigation throughout the United States, representing clients in patent litigations covering diverse areas of technology, including electronics, automotive, medical devices, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and plastics. Mr. Murphy has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, numerous U.S. District Courts, and the U.S International Trade Commission. He is frequently quoted in leading legal and business media nationwide. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Murphy was an engineer engaged in research and development of automatic control systems and adaptive schemes for shock isolation.

Mr. Murphy earned his law degree (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) from Indiana University School of Law and his Masters of Science from the University of Maryland. He earned an B.E.M.E from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Mr. Pavento represents established companies and start-up ventures in a wide range of intellectual property matters, including the procurement and exploitation of intellectual property rights and the management of intellectual assets. He routinely advises clients with respect to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and other types of intellectual property. Mr. Pavento prepares and prosecutes domestic and international patent applications pertaining to mechanical, electrical, software, telecom, bioinformatics and business method inventions. He has extensive experience in evaluating patent rights and rendering opinions with respect to infringement, invalidity and freedom-to-operate issues, as well as design-around options. Mr. Pavento is skilled in negotiating and drafting licensing agreements and other technology transfer and development agreements. He conducts intellectual property due diligence studies and competitive analyses in support of corporate transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions and asset purchases.

Mr. Pavento earned a law degree (cum laude) and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering (cum laude) from Syracuse University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.

About Kilpatrick Stockton

Kilpatrick Stockton LLP is a full-service international law firm with more than 500 attorneys in nine offices across the globe: Atlanta and Augusta, GA.; Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, NC.; New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; London, England; and Stockholm, Sweden. Kilpatrick Stockton’s delivery of innovative business solutions provides results-oriented counsel for corporations, from the challenging demands of financial transactions and securities to the disciplines of intellectual property management. Collaboration among Kilpatrick Stockton’s corporate, litigation and intellectual property attorneys provides knowledgeable and proactive guidance for companies at every stage of the business life cycle. For more, go to


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