Jay Yates, Partner

Patent litigator with a breadth of technical experience

Jay Yates is a patent litigator with more than two decades of legal and industry experience. He has represented clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, managing every stage of a case and anticipating his clients’ needs along the way. Whether he’s serving clients in the energy, chemicals, retail, internet, banking or software industries, Jay tracks evolving intellectual property laws, helping clients solve a range of cutting-edge challenges.

A battle-tested IP lawyer who has succeeded in some of the nation’s most difficult venues

When it comes to intellectual property, you want Jay in your corner. He cut his teeth in the national epicenter for patent trials, the Eastern District of Texas, and has handled cases in the District of Delaware, the Northern District of California, and throughout the country. While Jay has tried bet-the-company and bet-the-product-line cases, he is equally comfortable with litigation that never sees a jury and rarely goes before a judge. He knows how to effectively and efficiently resolve issues out of court, but he has the skill and readiness to go trial when necessary.

The total IP package

Jay’s experience as a patent prosecutor makes him a strategic asset to clients. He has handled a variety of matters including complex computer algorithms, oilfield modeling, artificial lifts, banking operations and simple mechanical devices. He has also worked on IP transactions, securing trademarks, as well as licensing and performing due diligence reviews for mergers, acquisitions and investment transactions.

Industry experience from Silicon Valley to state government

Before his law career, Jay was a product marketing manager and engineer for more than eight years, contributing to a Silicon Valley technology company’s success from start-up to IPO to profitability. Thanks to this experience, Jay can empathize with clients and understands the unique challenges of growing a business.

Previously, Jay served as general counsel for Texas State Senator Dan Patrick. During law school, he also worked as a legislative aide for State Representative Joe Crabb, as a committee clerk for the Texas House of Representatives and as a law clerk for the Texas Attorney General Office of Special Investigations.

Outside the office, Jay is a dedicated lacrosse, karate, figure skating and choir dad to his three children. He has also coached his child’s baseball team for the visually impaired.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law
  • M.Phil., University of Cambridge
  • B.S., cum laude, Electrical Engineering, Rice University
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Mathematics and History, Rice University

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Intellectual Property Bar Association