Lestin L. Kenton, Jr. is a director in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group. Lestin’s practice areas include many aspects of intellectual property law including post grant review proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Section 337 Investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission, infringement and validity opinions, patent portfolio evaluations, and the preparation and prosecution of patent applications along with pursuing global prosecution strategies. Lestin has lead the firm’s PTAB Roundtables since 2014, and has been an adjunct professor at George Mason University Antonia Scalia Law School since August 2021 where he teaches PTO litigation.
In 2019 and 2020, Lestin was selected to the Washington DC "Rising Stars" list in Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers.
Lestin has extensive experience practicing before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), challenging and defending already-issued patents. In particular, he has handled both inter partes review and covered business method review proceedings under the America Invents Act for Petitioners and Patent Owners. Additionally, Lestin has significant experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to imagery, web, telecommunications, geographic information system technologies, additive manufacturing, graphics processing, avionics, optics, database management systems, computer networking, communications protocols, browsers, and computer architecture. Additionally, Lestin has wide ranging industry experience in advanced radar simulation systems, software, communications and networking, embedded systems, database systems, and web-based technology. He has experience with a wide variety of programming languages including C/C++, Java, J2EE, XML, HTML, and Perl, and has developed systems using a variety of operating system platforms including Unix, Linux and Windows. He applies his significant industry and technical experience to obtain and enforce high value patents that support clients’ business needs.
Lestin has served as an advisor to associates participating in the PTAB’s Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP), which provides associates with training and development opportunities in PTAB proceedings, including oral argument.
Lestin is also a contributing author of Patent Office Litigation, Second Edition, published in 2017 by Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the book provides a fresh and comprehensive exploration of patent office litigation proceedings, including how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, while delivering practical analysis and advice.
Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Lestin was employed at a defense contractor as a software developer, performing research, design and implementation of components and interfaces for complex radar simulation systems. In addition, Lestin has worked in the Operational and Information Management group at the Wharton School of Business, where he researched the vulnerability of computer networks, with the focus on creating and testing viable solutions that could be implemented in large corporate settings.
Lestin earned his B.S. in computer science & engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and his J.D. from Widener University School of Law.
- Patexia, "100 Most Active Attorneys Representing Patent Owners – Inter Partes Review” (2022)
- Patexia, "100 Best Performing Attorneys Representing Patent Owners – Inter Partes Review (Top 50)” (2022)
- Super Lawyers, "Rising Star - Washington DC" (2020 - 2019)