SOURCE: McKeon Meunier

McKeon Meunier

August 24, 2011 08:35 ET

McKeon Meunier Expands With Addition of Stephen Schaetzel

IP Litigator Adds Depth to Firm's Offerings

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Aug 24, 2011) - IP attorney Stephen (Steve) Schaetzel has joined McKeon, Meunier, Carlin & Curfman, LLC as a Principal, adding further strength and depth to the intellectual property firm's growing litigation practice.

"Steve has an outstanding record of success in IP litigation," said Gregory J. Carlin, firm founder and Principal. "We are really impressed with his experience and the results he's achieved for his clients. Steve's a highly talented attorney with an impeccable reputation and we're very pleased to welcome him."

Schaetzel joins McKeon Meunier from King & Spalding, where he was a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. His experience includes involvement in more than 100 IP cases, and he has served as lead counsel before both trial and appellate courts. Schaetzel has appeared before the Northern District of Georgia and has argued complex matters before the Federal Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit. He has obtained and defended temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, presented Markman hearings, and briefed and argued summary judgment motions. He is also a skilled and experienced representative before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, having been involved in dozens of oppositions and having served as lead counsel for the Applicant in the largest contested registration proceeding ever litigated before the TTAB and the Federal Circuit.

Most recently, Schaetzel has represented the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in the Northern District of Georgia in a copyright case involving issues of electronic reserves and fair use in the non-profit educational context (Cambridge University Press et al v Patton et al). His other notable cases include multi-million dollar settlement awards for clients that have included Glock (patent and trade dress infringement), BellSouth (trademark infringement, false advertising, unfair business practices) and Tommy Hilfiger (counterfeiting).

Schaetzel has been repeatedly named to The Best Lawyers in America (2004-, Intellectual Property Law) and as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" (2004-, Intellectual Property Litigation), most recently in 2011. In addition, he is ranked by Chambers USA (Intellectual Property,
Georgia, 2009- ) and is recommended in the Legal 500 (2010- ) for his strategic portfolio work.

Schaetzel previously served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Georgia School of Law, where he taught patent law for more than 12 years, and is currently a member of the adjunct faculty of Emory University School of Law. He is involved in various civic organizations, including the Northside Youth Organization ("NYO"), Georgia Tech Athletic Association, Atlanta Volleyball Association, American Junior Golf Association, EverybodyWins Atlanta, and Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

Schaetzel graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979 with a Bachelors of Industrial Engineering and earned his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1982. He then joined Jones & Askew, an intellectual property firm. In 2000, he joined Kilpatrick Stockton as a partner. He chaired the Trademark and Copyright Team for Kilpatrick Stockton from 2002 until the fall of 2006, when he joined King & Spalding.

About McKeon Meunier
McKeon, Meunier, Carlin and Curfman, LLC is an intellectual property law firm that protects the technology innovations of corporate, institution and university clients. McKeon Meunier combines big-firm experience and technical expertise with the flexibility and value of a smaller specialty practice to deliver services that include patent prosecution, strategic IP counseling, portfolio management, IP transactions/due diligence, technology transfer, opinions, trademarks, copyright and litigation services.

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