Coke Morgan Stewart is a seasoned intellectual property and appellate lawyer with litigation skills grounded in decades of experience in private practice and government service—including serving as the second highest-ranking officer of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).
Over the course of her career, Coke has litigated a vast number of complex patent infringement cases for both patent holders and accused infringers, including through jury trials in the Eastern District of Texas and the Eastern District of Virginia. And she has represented clients in more than 50 appeals at the Federal Circuit.
During her tenure at the USPTO, Coke held a number of important positions including most recently serving as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO. Her government service also includes serving as Deputy Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia overseeing 150 attorneys and professionals in the areas of healthcare, education, and social services.
Coke also held a full-time faculty position at the Regent University School of Law where she taught Appellate Advocacy, served as faculty advisor to the Intellectual Property Law and Entertainment Society, and supervised student scholarship in social media regulation, copyright law, and patent law.
Among her many accolades, the USPTO recognized Coke with five Special Act Awards, including for her work supporting the agency during the pandemic and the Presidential Transition. She was also awarded a Director’s Award for Excellence in Litigation, a Department of Commerce Award for Exceptional Service (“Attorney of the Year” Award), and a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for superior performance.