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Stephan Kinsella
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Stephan Kinsella

N. Stephan Kinsella is an attorney in Houston with over twenty-nine years' experience in patent, intellectual property, and general commercial and corporate law. He was previously General Counsel for Applied Optoelectronics, Inc., a partner with Duane Morris, and adjunct law professor at South Texas College of Law. He is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom, serves on the Advisory Board to the Open Crypto Alliance and other groups and publications; and has published numerous articles and books on intellectual property law and legal topics including [Against Intellectual Property]( (Mises Institute, 2008) [International Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner's Guide]( (Oxford, 2020), [Law in a Libertarian World: Legal Foundations of a Free Society]( (2021), and [Copy This Book: The Case for Abolishing Intellectual Property]( (forthcoming).

He received an LL.M. (international business law) from King's College London-University of London, a JD from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, as well as BSEE and MSEE degrees from LSU. He is licensed to practice law in Texas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania, and before the US Patent & Trademark Office. His websites are and