Stephen L. Farris

Patent Agent Indianapolis
Contact Info


Stephen is a patent agent in Taft’s Indianapolis office and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). His extensive experience includes patent preparation and prosecution, litigation support and drafting opinions related to the electrical and mechanical arts.

Prior to private practice, Stephen worked at General Motors where he managed and led engineering teams to develop advanced technology solutions. While at GM, he gained more than 15 years of engineering experience with complex electro-mechanical systems including hybrid/electric vehicle control systems, PEM fuel cells and advanced energy storage systems.

Stephen earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering technology from Purdue University – Indianapolis. He has a M.B.A. in the management of technology from Ellis University in Chicago. Stephen is licensed to represent both U.S. and non-U.S. clients before the USPTO. He serves as president of Winning Experiences, a non-profit that offers enlightening cultural, educational and social opportunities that transforms the way individuals perceive their abilities, possibilities and environments.

Stephen resides on the board of directors for the Bishop Joseph D. Farris Senior Living Center, which was founded by his late father in 2007. He also volunteers his services at Creators Camp Indianapolis, which provides young, emerging creators and innovators a place where they can explore the sciences. He received the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Center for Leadership Development for his efforts to foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana. Stephen was selected as one of 25 professionals for the highly competitive and distinguished Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series Class XLIII program. 


  • Recipient, Center for Leadership Development - Distinguished Achievement Award, 2017

  • Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, Class XLIII

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  • Ellis University (M.B.A, Management of Technology) (2009)
  • Purdue University - Indianapolis (B.S., Electrical Engineering Technology) (2000)


  • Federal - United States Patent and Trademark Office

Speeches and Publications

  • Co-author, "Patentability Challenges for Artificial Intelligence Based Inventions: An Examination Viewpoint," AIPLA Spring Conference White Paper, Spring 2018
  • “Circulation Check for Fuel Cell Coolant” U.S. Patent No. 8,158,296; April 17, 2012
  • “Homogenous Thermal Coolant Cycling” U.S. Patent No.7,906,244; March 15, 2011
  • “Circulation Check for Fuel Cell Coolant” U.S. Patent No. 7,781,113; April 24, 2010
  • “Control Apparatus to Improve Start Up Time In A PEM Fuel Cell Power Module” U.S. Publication No. US20060099469; May 11, 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association Member, Patent Agent Committee; Executive Committee; Co-Chair, Program Planning Committee
  • Venture Club of Indiana Member
  • Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series

    Class XLIII

  • Center for Leadership Development


Community Involvement

  • Winning Experiences President
  • Bishop Joseph D. Farris Senior Living Center

    Board of Directors

  • Creators Camp Indianapolis

    Chief Technology Officer