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We’re an Intellectual Property law studio where ideas are refined and innovations are protected with customized solutions. Our combined legal experience, coupled with our passion and creative approach, distinguishes us as an innovative law firm.


We work together to guide, research, instruct, inform and strategize with our clients to provide a unique experience that is built upon the client’s business plan and goals. We treat our clients, micro, small and large, equally.


We know time is critical, budgets are at stake, and innovation is dependent upon the creative approach we take to secure IP protection. Our personal connection to our clients and their ideas allows us to move innovation forward by informing, elevating, and adding value.


We’re champions of ideas and treat our client’s dollar like our own. For us, it’s a creative approach (like innovation itself) and the ability to shift, strategize and solve problems that distinguishes us from others. We engage our clients with a high level of experience and know-how, which translates to a quality product, no surprises and time savings, all at a known cost before the work is started.


Our proposition:

  • Flat-Fee Billing − predictable, pre-determined fees
  • Quality Control − team-drafted and reviewed patent applications
  • Quick Turnaround − disclosure to draft in 30 days or less, typically
  • No Surprises − prompt and straightforward communications


Kirk Cesari is a patent attorney in Austin, Texas with over 15 years of experience. After soaring through electrical engineering, he shocked everyone by attending law school. While patents were always on the horizon, Kirk was intrigued by business and the intersection of technology, law, and business. He needed somewhere he could put his vision and strategic talents to good use.


For 6 years, Kirk held an in-house counsel position for a leading computer technology company where he managed a large patent portfolio, negotiated hundreds of agreements, and managed a dozen law firms. In 2010, after 10 years of working in multiple in-house counsel jobs and at two law firms, Kirk decided to start his own firm. In 2012, he teamed up with Mike Reed to create Cesari & Reed, LLP. They run the firm on the belief that everyone deserves great representation and service, no matter the size or resources of the client. They treat all of their clients as if they are in-house counsel.


Kirk is admitted to practice in Texas, Minnesota and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.



Mike Reed is a patent attorney in Austin, Texas with over 17 years of experience. He studied English literature with a concentration in contemporary American poetry and planned to have a long career as a poetry writer. Three months after graduation, having realized the futility in that career choice, he embarked on a new career in computer systems administration in the U.S. Senate for Senator Tom Daschle.


After a few years, he needed a break and left to attend law school with dreams of working in intellectual property. After a summer clerkship at Sybase in California, on-campus interviewers convinced him of the need to gain credentials in an engineering field, so he enrolled in Electrical Engineering as well.


After graduation, Mike worked as an IP attorney in Minneapolis for 7 years, before moving to Texas to escape the cold. After working with several firms in Texas, in 2012, he established his own law firm with Kirk Cesari. Mike believes that everyone deserves great representation and service, no matter the size or resources of the client. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; not admitted in Texas.



Christian earned a BS in computer science from George Mason University and graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Texas and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Working with patents and trademarks since 2011, Christian has experience with a range of subject areas, including software and firmware, mechanical, optical systems, sporting equipment, networks, and other technologies.



Mark is a technical writer and currently studying to take the patent bar exam with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mark holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Hofstra University, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joining Cesari and Reed, Mark worked as an electrical engineer in the semiconductor industry.



Jennifer is a paralegal and has been helping manage patent filings for over 4 years. She helps solve administrative problems clients may encounter. She also manages the filing of cases and docketing of due dates for all of the firm’s cases.  Jennifer has a degree in accounting from Concordia University.



Patent trolls, non-practicing entities (NPEs), patent assertion entities (PAEs), patent sharks, or whatever we call them, and the litigations instigated by such patent trolls have affected us all. The movie, Trolls, is a comedy by Lex Lybrand, an Austin-based writer/director who brings serious attention to the issue of patent trolls through satire. We raised and contributed a final round of funding to ensure completion of the film. Our hope is that this film can bring attention to the issue of trolls and inspire voters to put additional pressure on Congress to pass patent reform initiatives to curtail abusive litigation tactics, which would help level the playing field for legitimate business.

We work to improve the IP IQ by reaching out, supporting, teaching and sponsoring organizations and educational initiatives that are interesting to us and important to our clients and our community. We spend our time supporting and encouraging thoughtful discussion about the protection of ideas. Additionally, we actively participate in organizations and activities that can improve not only our profession, but also our community. We’re proud to collaborate with the following organizations to do just that.