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. Recently, Jay secured a jury verdict in the Western District of Texas, Waco Division, with a jury finding of infringement, validity, and willfulness. 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 lift, 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 hockey, karate, cross country, and choir dad to his three children. He has also coached his child’s baseball team for the visually impaired.
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