Stephen M Schaetzel

USA: Georgia

Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC
999 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 1300
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Tel: 404-645-7700


Steve is an experienced and skilled IP litigator. He has been involved in more than 100 IP cases, and has served as lead counsel before both trial and appellate courts. He has appeared frequently before the Northern District of Georgia, and has appeared in District and Appellate Courts in the Fourth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit. Steve has appeared in the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia and other jurisdictions recognized for IP cases. He has obtained and defended temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, presented Markman hearings, and briefed and argued summary judgment motions. Steve has also represented clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, having been involved in dozens of oppositions. Steve served as lead counsel for the Applicant in the largest contested registration proceeding ever litigated before the TTAB and the Federal Circuit. Steve has also appeared repeatedly before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, DC.

Steve has most recently represented the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in a copyright case involving issues of electronic reserves and fair use in the non-profit educational context in the Northern District of Georgia (Cambridge University Press et al v Patton et al).

Steve has also partnered with clients to manage significant intellectual property portfolios on a national and international basis. This aspect of his practice includes setting and achieving both strategic and practical goals for asserting and defending IP rights as they apply to individual matters, a series of related actions or an overall IP ownership position. Steve has helped manage the trademark portfolios of a Fortune 100 transportation and delivery services company and a Fortune 100 telecommunications company. He also has helped manage the patent portfolio of a major supplier of heat exchange equipment.

Steve 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 2014. In addition, he is ranked by Chambers USA (Intellectual Property, Georgia, 2009- ) and was recommended in the Legal 500 (for strategic portfolio work).

Steve previously served as adjunct faculty at the University of Georgia School of Law, where he taught patent law for more than 12 years. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at Emory University School of Law. He has been involved in various civic organizations, including the Northside Youth Organization (“NYO”), Georgia Tech Athletic Association, Bobby Dodd Institute, American Junior Golf Association, EverybodyWins Atlanta, VOX Teen Communications and Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

We formed Meunier Carlin & Curfman for you, our clients. Our mission is to provide value without compromise.

Our firm has grown in just a few short years to become one of the largest IP boutiques in the South. We have over 30 patent bar registered practitioners rivaling the size and prowess of the IP groups of the biggest firms in Atlanta.

Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC was founded to provide first tier, proficient law firm services comparable to “big-law” without the high-dollar mark-up. We accomplish this task through a “cut the fat but not the muscle” mode of operation. We hire attorneys and patent agents that have excelled in their previous law firms and matriculated to the top of their classes. The expertise and quality of our people are our “muscle.” These elements are what allow us to provide first tier law firm work product and services in every instance. Yet, you will not find the added frills with our firm such as lavish retreats at five-star resorts or large art collections that are widely regarded as staples of the “white shoe” first tier firms. These elements are the “fat” that we have cut.

Meunier Carlin & Curfman works with small and large corporations, emerging growth companies, non-profits, universities, research institutions, and their capital and advisory partners, to secure, assert and defend their intellectual property rights. We serve clients with the highest level of IP capability available at any firm, but with the flexibility and value offered by a small firm structure.

Meunier Carlin & Curfman clients benefit from our high level of technical experience. All of our service providers have some combination of a technical degree (most with advanced technical degrees), industry technical experience and/or academic research experience. Our IP legal experience is also among the highest levels found in the industry. Our professionals have gained deep experience at top law firms, corporations and research institutions. With accuracy and efficiency, we can recognize and solve your IP concerns and help you maximize your opportunities.

Our professionals cover each major scientific discipline common to IP practice, including electrical, mechanical, computer science, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices. These technical fields translate to our serving an extraordinary diversity of niche technology areas and industries. Our clients include corporations that design and manufacture consumer products, world-class research universities, physicians, electronic payment providers, textile and apparel makers, pharmaceutical companies, and medical and diagnostic device makers.

We have cast off the accoutrements of big-firm practice and have focused on the essential elements that add value to our relationship: top quality work product, responsive service, state-of-the-art law firm technology and a team of deeply experienced professionals. Though purposefully lean on unnecessary expenses, Meunier Carlin & Curfman is fully staffed with associate attorneys, patent agents, paralegals and trained IP legal secretaries. By offering expertly tailored services that precisely meet your needs and respect your budget, Meunier Carlin & Curfman offers value without compromise.

“Stephen Schaetzel is highlighted for his experience handling disputes arising from copyright and patent infringement claims. He also advises on the management of IP portfolios.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017