Stuart H. Mayer

Tel: (908) 518-7700


Stuart Mayer is the Co-Founder of Mayer & Williams. With an academic and technical background in physics, Stuart has advised a diverse group of clients for more than 20 years on their complex intellectual property matters.

The core of Stuart’s legal work is patent prosecution. He has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patents in technologies that include:

  • Passive & Active Photonic Devices
  • Optical Communications Systems
  • Semiconductor Devices & Fabrication Techniques
  • Wired & Wireless Networks
  • Communications Hardware & Software
  • Internet-Related Technologies
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Medical Devices

In addition to representing a number of Fortune 500 companies, Stuart serves as the primary intellectual property resource for several high technology start-ups, for which he has sometimes acted as both general counsel and chief patent counsel. In his role as chief patent counsel, Stuart has led the development of strategically and commercially important patent portfolios. He directs ongoing design-around efforts that often begin at the preliminary stages of project development.

Prior to co-founding Mayer & Williams, Stuart worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories as a patent attorney, where he prosecuted patent applications, conducted infringement and validity studies, and counseled clients on transactional matters. He also coordinated the patent agendas for a number of research departments and supervised the preparation and prosecution of applications by outside counsel. Stuart began his legal career as a patent agent with the intellectual property law firm of Kenyon & Kenyon.

Professional Highlights

  • Developed patent programs for numerous high technology start-up companies leading to the creation of strategically important and commercially valuable patent portfolios, including portfolios involving optical switches, flat panel solar cells and power MOSFETS.
  • Successfully directed design-around efforts to avoid competitors’ patents involving optical waveguides, optical amplifiers, semiconductor packaging and power MOSFETS.
  • Advise clients on ongoing patent litigation (both plaintiff- and defendant-side) by providing strategic analysis of patent portfolios.


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, 1993
  • Ph.D., Physics, Johns Hopkins University, 1989
  • M.S., Physics, Johns Hopkins University, 1986
  • B.A., Physics, Colgate University, magna cum laude with Honors, 1983

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office