Elizabeth A. Stanek

Patent Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9157 Fax 919.277.9177
Email eastanek@wardandsmith.com
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Liz leads the firm's Intellectual Property (IP) practice. She is a patent attorney whose practice includes preparing, filing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications in the electrical arts including telecommunications, semiconductor devices, semiconductor fabrication, power devices, power device fabrication, circuit breakers, circuit breaker fabrication, LEDs, medical devices, HVAC systems, optical coherence tomography (OCT), microscope systems and design, “smart grid” related technology and related devices, imaging and software. Liz also counsels clients on matters related to intellectual property (IP) including trademarks and assists with the management of clients’ patent portfolios, including due diligence, non-disclosure agreements, and litigation support.  Liz works with all types of clients, from clients just starting out in the startup arena to clients leading the world in their area of expertise.



  • J.D., The University of North Carolina School of Law, 2000
  • B.S., with honors, Electrical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1997

Representative Experience

Representation of a local medical device company with regard to procuring patent protection and managing large domestic and foreign portfolio through purchase by a world leader in providing innovative microscopy, camera and software solutions for imaging and analysis of macro-, micro- and nanostructures.

Representation of a worldwide smart grid company with regard to procuring patent protection and managing portfolio.

Representation of an energy systems company with regard to procuring patent protection, managing portfolio, performing due diligence and providing general IP advice and counseling.

Representation of a small location systems company with regard to procuring patent protection and fully managing the IP portfolio including trademarks.

Representation of a start up social media and online shopping company with regard to procuring patent protection and fully managing the IP portfolio including trademarks. 

Honors and Distinctions*

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018 - 2019
  • "Global IP Star," Managing Intellectual Property, 2018


Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2000
  • All state courts in North Carolina 
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • New York, 2001
  • United States Patent Bar, 2001, Reg. No. 48,568

About Me

My personal motto is honesty is the best policy, no matter the situation.  Nothing good comes from hiding the truth at work or at home.  I am the mother of five children ages 11 to 3 and I tell them every day to be honest, kind and loyal and to never stay silent in the face of injustice.  You never get a second chance to make a first impression and once trust is lost, it can never truly be regained. 

One thing some people don’t know about me is that I am the youngest of ten children in an Irish Catholic family.  My parents, six brothers and three sisters have all had a significant influence on the person I am today and the person I will be in the future.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading crime fiction novels and training for road and trail races.  Running allows me to relieve the stress of daily life and to have 30-90 minutes of time to myself. 

* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.

An attorney‑client relationship may only be established through direct attorney‑to‑client communication that is confirmed by the execution of an engagement agreement. The content of any unsolicited email sent to Ward and Smith, P.A., or to any of its attorneys at an email address available on this website, will not create an attorney‑client relationship and the contents of such unsolicited email shall not be considered confidential. Therefore, do not use this website or the email addresses available on this website to provide confidential information about yourself or a legal matter to Ward and Smith or any of its attorneys.