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A patent lawyer, or patent attorney, is a legal professional registered with and licensed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office who handles the legal process involved with getting a patent. Patent law is an extremely complex area of law, so a legal professional who specializes in this field will make sure that your new invention is adequately protected. Applying for a patent is a process best handled by an expert who has had extensive experience in the legal aspects of getting patents. Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC is a law firm of highly experienced Patent and Trademark Attorneys with a positive track record of success.

A trademark lawyer, or trademark attorney, is a legal professional who is qualified to work in matters regarding trademark law and offer legal assistance on trademark matters. A trademark lawyer can also help clients determine if they have sufficient grounds for filing for a trademark registration. Contact us today to develop your intellectual property protection plan today.


Kelly Stephens

Kelly Stephens has been a licensed attorney in the State of Texas since 1985. He graduated with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1979 and received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1985. He has extensive experience in personal injury, business, and intellectual property litigation. In addition, he has been instrumental in the formation and startup financing of a number of companies.

Prior to beginning the practice of law, Kelly worked as a manufacturing and design engineer in the oil field service industry.

He has over 30 years of trial experience, conducting in excess of 30 state court jury trials and federal jury trials. Over one-half of the federal trials have been patent infringement cases including technologies from oilfield tools, processes, systems, computer hardware and software, and methods of doing business. Mr. Stephens has been successful in representing both plaintiffs and defendants, with an emphasis in commercial and patent jury trials.

Outside of his law practice, Kelly is an avid outdoorsman spending much of his free time hunting and fishing.

Pro Bono

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

Has participated in three committees at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo over the last 28 years, including (1) 4 years as a captain and 3 years as a vice-chairman on the Jr. Swine Auction committee over 12 years on that committee; (2) 26 years as a committeeman on the Agricultural Mechanics committee; and 6 years a committeeman on the Commercial Exhibits committee.

Houston Ducks Unlimited

Has served on the committee organizing and producing the annual Houston Ducks Unlimited Dinner event from 1987 to 2008 and was the dinner chairman and zone chairman in 1994.

Boy Scouts of America

Has served on committee organizing and producing the annual Boy Scout Sporting Clays Shoot to benefit inner-city youth here in Houston for the past 8 years.

Practice Areas

Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Client Counseling
  • Business Dispute Resolution
  • Trade Secrets
Admissions
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Education
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., Ocean Engineering, 1979

Ira Domnitz Portrait

Ira Domnitz

Ira Domnitz is an attorney who brings big firm experience to his clients, without the big firm cost. Ira worked for many years at some of the larger firms in Texas and on the national stage. Ira has practiced law before the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas as well as represented clients before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals with a case marked as precedential (560 F.3d 1317). He has co-headed large, high-stakes patent litigation matters and has first and second Chair Trial experience with favorable results obtained for patent litigation and trade secret matters.

Ira has experience in drafting patents, patent opinions, and opinion letters, and has also worked on copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets for clients on transactional and litigation matters. Ira is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, with a specialization in Health Law. He also completed the pre-med curriculum, emphasis on Chemistry, with over 40 credit hours in hard sciences. Ira hosts Law for Artists, a free webinar where every other Thursday where he breaks down components necessary to starting and running a business

Ira Domnitz is a partner at Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC (SDM Attorneys). SDM Attorneys offers legal counsel to individuals and businesses throughout Harris County, Texas in the areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks, litigation, business formation, transactions, estate planning, probate administration, construction, and real estate law. In all manners, the firm aims to provide honest, personally tailored advice and cost effective solutions to their clients’ legal concerns.

Recently, Ira has started co-hosting a bi-weekly webinar series entitled "Creative Law for Artists." Each episode discusses legal and business issues affecting musicians and/or visual artists and how creatives can protect their work.

Ira Domnitz is an attorney who brings big firm experience to his clients, without the big-firm cost. A USPTO Certified Patent Attorney, he has co-headed large, high-stakes patent litigation matters, and has experience both drafting patents and working on copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets for clients on transaction and litigation matters.Ira has practiced law before the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas as well as represented clients before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. After working for many years at larger firms in Texas and on the national stage, Ira Domnitz has now brought this experience to a more intimate setting at Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC.

With over 60 combined years of legal experience, SDM Attorneys provides Houston-area individuals and businesses sound advice and dedicated representation in the areas of business law, estate planning, probate, real estate, and intellectual property (patents, trademarks, and copyrights) law. In all matters, SDM Attorneys aims to provide honest, personally tailored advice and cost-effective solution to their clients' legal concerns.

Ira Domnitz, attorney and co-founder of SDM Attorneys, PLLC is dedicated to providing accessible legal advice to anyone, but in particular artists and entrepreneurs.

Law is incredibly crucial, yet wildly complicated to the average person. Ira hosts Law for Artists, a free webinar every other Thursday. Each week the webinar breaks down a component necessary to starting and running a business from Intellectual Property to Defamation Lawsuits. He focuses on delivering this crucial information in a digestible, plain-folk way that anybody can understand.

Ira Domnitz, attorney and co-founder of SDM Attorneys, PLLC is dedicated to providing accessible legal advice to anyone, artists and entrepreneurs in particular. In order to achieve this goal, SDM Attorneys PLLC has a unique approach to providing consultation: they explain the intricacies of law in an easy to understand, digestible way that is accessible to anyone. Ira and his team are committed to communicating honest, personally tailored advice in a way that is personable, filling the role of "your neighborhood attorney" that is simply there to help you.

Law is incredibly crucial, yet wildly complicated to the average person. Ira hosts Law for Artists, a free webinar every other Thursday. Each week the webinar breaks down a component necessary to starting and running a business, topics anywhere from Intellectual Property to Defamation Lawsuits. He focuses on delivering this crucial information in an interesting, plain-folk way that anybody can understand.

To take accessibility even further, SDM is able to provide unbeatable rates, making professional legal advice less of a privilege and more attainable to more people who need it.

Ira Domnitz, attorney and co-founder of SDM Attorneys, PLLC is dedicated to providing accessible legal advice to anyone, creatives and entrepreneurs in particular. He delivers a fantastic “how to” discussion about securing legal protection for artistic expression and enforcing exclusive rights along with the principles and societal implications. Learn about design and trademark rights available to everyone, from solo artists to merchandising companies, and strategies for affordable and scalable enforcement against copycats, knock-offs or competitors. Law is incredibly crucial, yet wildly complicated to the average person. Ira is here to break that barrier down so that creatives can thrive and understand how to protect their work!


Leigh Meineke

Leigh Meineke is a partner at Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke, PLLC and has been practicing law with area law firms for over 30 years in the fields of business law, estate planning and probate, and real estate law. Leigh Meineke received her BBA in Finance from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, and later earned her JD law degree from the University of Houston. She is admitted to practice in Texas state courts, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and before the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Meineke is a member of the State Bar of Texas, where she has served as chair for the General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section.

Teaching the Next Generation of Houston Business Professionals

In addition to her legal practice, Leigh spent 13 years imparting her legal knowledge in the field of business law. She has been an adjunct professor at both the University of Houston and Houston Baptist University, teaching classes on business law and human resource management. She additionally served as an instructor teaching classes for real estate agents and taught paralegal classes at area professional schools.

A Commitment to the Community

Leigh is proud to serve the Houston community where she makes her home. She is past Chairman of the Board of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce. She is also active with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, serving as past Vice Chairman on the Transportation Committee, Captain of the Horticulture Committee, and member on the World’s Championship BBQ Committee. She also has encouraged the next generation of Houston’s leaders through her past involvement with Leadership Houston (Class III). Additionally, Leigh is a member of NightCourt.org, a 501c(3) organization raising money for charity through an annual all-lawyer charity show. Leigh is also the legal advisor and a member of the Pink Phurree Dragon Boat Team, Inc., an all-female cancer survivor dragon boat team competing in Texas and internationally.

A Commitment to Family and the Future

Leigh Meineke is also a volunteer with the Texas Gulf Coast Ch.apter of AFSUSA, a program facilitating high school foreign exchange students in the Houston area. Her family has hosted four exchange students from Italy, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Azerbaijan. In addition to their AFS kids, Leigh and her husband have two daughters.


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Matthew Juren

Matt’s legal practice covers all aspects of intellectual property with a particular focus on patent infringement litigation, inter partes review, and patent prosecution. His experience ranges from oilfield tools to electronic technologies such as televisions, cellular phones, microprocessors, memory systems, and digital signal and image processing. He also has experience procuring and enforcing trademarks and copyrights for his clients and assisting his clients with protection of their trade secrets.

Before joining Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke, PLLC, Matt practiced intellectual property matters for more than 12 years in the DFW IP boutique of Nelson Bumgardner Albritton P.C. and the Houston IP boutiques of Matthews Lawson, PLLC and CEP IP. During his practice Matt has presented numerous oral arguments to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Matt has also argued as first chair at several patent claim construction hearings.

Matt earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Houston Clear Lake and has an Associate degree in Mathematics. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Matt is admitted to practice in the State of Texas and the Federal District Courts of Texas and is a registered patent attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Patent Prosecution and Litigation
  • Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Proceedings
  • Trademark Prosecution and Litigation
  • Copyright Prosecution and Litigation
  • Trade Secrets
  • Appeals

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Understanding Your Requirements

With over 60 years combined legal experience, Kelly Stephens, Ira Domnitz and Leigh Meineke joined to form Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC in 2019. We are dedicated to serving the Intellectual Property needs of our clients nationally. Our philosophy stems from the belief that our clients deserve personal attention, ethical treatment and exceptional representation.

Prepared to Represent You

Successful representation requires a thorough understanding of the law and meticulous preparation. Beyond our academic credentials and legal experience, we invest in continuing legal education and training to ensure that our knowledge of federal law is current and accurate.

Focused on Your Needs

Open attorney-client communication is the other ingredient of successful representation. To properly represent your interests, we spend the time to learn about your needs and goals. We also work to translate “legalese” into understandable terms so you are clear about your legal standing and options and can fully participate in the legal process. In Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC, you have a legal champion truly dedicated to your welfare.

Bound by High Ethical Standards

At Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC, adherence to a strict code of ethics guarantees your ethical treatment in all matters. Our commitment to developing lasting relationships with clients means gaining their trust through integrity in everything we do. We believe effective representation does not require ethical compromise, and we have a reputation for creative and aggressive representation to prove it.

Ready To Help

We are ready to put our knowledge to work for you. Call or email to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation. We look forward to learning about you and how we can make your legal life easier.

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