A mechanical engineer turned driven IP attorney
As a teenager, Austin Gray restored a classic 1965 Ford Mustang with his uncle, a project that sparked his drive to become a mechanical engineer. Fueled by his steady appetite for the next challenge, that engineering career ultimately led him to study intellectual property — a calling to help bridge the gap between technology and the law.
Today, Austin applies his mechanical engineering knowledge as an associate in Patterson + Sheridan’s Houston office, preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of semiconductor technologies, industrial products and oil and gas services.
Before joining the firm, Austin worked as a new product mechanical design engineer for a leading natural gas turbine engine company. In this role, he worked on several projects in cross-functional groups to develop new and modify preexisting turbine components. He also helped design a clean sheet engine, motivated by the challenge of building a new product without an existing precedent.
Austin also interned for an American motorcycle manufacturer for three co-op rotations, where he conducted competitor and industry benchmarking which included patent research. His experience communicating with automotive engineers about their projects informs his IP practice today when interviewing and working with inventors.
Hard-working, friendly and organized
Austin lives on the cutting edge of technology, with a goal of learning something new every day. Clients appreciate his attention to detail, organizational skills and ability to work under pressure to get something done accurately and efficiently.
Austin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He earned his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where he was the chief publications editor for the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal. He was also a member of the Intellectual Property Student Organization.
When he’s not helping clients translate their ideas into patentable inventions, Austin enjoys being outside, whether playing golf, hunting, fly fishing or walking his dog. He also enjoys working on cars and cooking, hobbies that, much like his law practice, blend science and art.
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