Tim Curington, Partner

Houston, TX

O: 713-577-4821

Driving business forward through technology, licensing and IP transactions

With more than 25 years of industry experience, including more than 16 as in-house counsel for a multibillion-dollar oilfield service company, Tim Curington has deep insight into building global IP portfolios, managing technology-based transactions, and leveraging technology and IP assets to achieve desired business outcomes. A mechanical engineering degree and a previous software development role exemplify his technical knowledge. Still, his true passion is working alongside his clients to help them achieve their business goals through their technology and IP assets.

Tim brings significant experience to the firm’s growing practice of handling all of a client’s needs surrounding technology-based agreements, IP asset licensing and other IP-related transactions. Tim helps clients strategically protect, manage and leverage their IP assets as part of their overall business plan. He understands the challenges companies, both large and small, face when internally managing a robust IP portfolio along with the corresponding IP-related agreements. Throughout his career, Tim has assisted in developing various IT solutions to address the portfolio management challenges that in-house counsel face. He now brings that same experience and level of understanding to the benefit of our firm.

A seasoned transactional attorney with full-range exposure to the interior workings of large businesses

Tim isn’t new to Patterson + Sheridan’s clients. He first joined the firm as of counsel in 2017 and is proud to return in 2022 as a partner with a vision of building a client-focused transactional practice that prioritizes agreements as methods of protecting IP assets and technological developments.

Tim spent a large portion of his career as general counsel for a multibillion-dollar business within an international oilfield services company. While there, he managed its global IP portfolio, developed enforcement and licensing strategies, and worked alongside business leaders in implementing technology development, M&A and vertical integration strategies. He was ultimately responsible for the global portfolio of agreements, and their management, impacting both short- and long-term business goals.

In addition, Tim was Assistant General Counsel and Chief Patent Counsel for three years at an international industrial services business. As a member of the in-house legal team, he was responsible for developing and implementing the business’s first IP strategy and drafting and negotiating strategic global technology-focused agreements, sales representative agreements, development agreements and strategic alliance agreements. Tim also drafted, managed and established client contracts; negotiated terms and conditions for the procurement of goods and services; and assisted with the creation and implementation of data protection, security policies and a document classification system for the multimillion-dollar business.

Tim has also served as a part-time general counsel for smaller clients, developing compliance programs and handling transactional needs for their businesses, including distribution agreements, supply agreements, joint development agreements and licensing agreements. He also led a transactional and IP practice for upstream and midstream oil and gas clients.

Outside of the office, Tim enjoys skiing, golf, tennis and serving as Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop focused predominantly on scouts with special needs.

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1998
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, 1992

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • State Bar of Texas

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Driving business forward through technology, licensing and IP transactions

With more than 25 years of industry experience, including more than 16 as in-house counsel for a multibillion-dollar oilfield service company, Tim Curington has deep insight into building global IP portfolios, managing technology-based transactions, and leveraging technology and IP assets to achieve desired business outcomes. A mechanical engineering degree and a previous software development role exemplify his technical knowledge. Still, his true passion is working alongside his clients to help them achieve their business goals through their technology and IP assets.

Tim brings significant experience to the firm’s growing practice of handling all of a client’s needs surrounding technology-based agreements, IP asset licensing and other IP-related transactions. Tim helps clients strategically protect, manage and leverage their IP assets as part of their overall business plan. He understands the challenges companies, both large and small, face when internally managing a robust IP portfolio along with the corresponding IP-related agreements. Throughout his career, Tim has assisted in developing various IT solutions to address the portfolio management challenges that in-house counsel face. He now brings that same experience and level of understanding to the benefit of our firm.

A seasoned transactional attorney with full-range exposure to the interior workings of large businesses

Tim isn’t new to Patterson + Sheridan’s clients. He first joined the firm as of counsel in 2017 and is proud to return in 2022 as a partner with a vision of building a client-focused transactional practice that prioritizes agreements as methods of protecting IP assets and technological developments.

Tim spent a large portion of his career as general counsel for a multibillion-dollar business within an international oilfield services company. While there, he managed its global IP portfolio, developed enforcement and licensing strategies, and worked alongside business leaders in implementing technology development, M&A and vertical integration strategies. He was ultimately responsible for the global portfolio of agreements, and their management, impacting both short- and long-term business goals.

In addition, Tim was Assistant General Counsel and Chief Patent Counsel for three years at an international industrial services business. As a member of the in-house legal team, he was responsible for developing and implementing the business’s first IP strategy and drafting and negotiating strategic global technology-focused agreements, sales representative agreements, development agreements and strategic alliance agreements. Tim also drafted, managed and established client contracts; negotiated terms and conditions for the procurement of goods and services; and assisted with the creation and implementation of data protection, security policies and a document classification system for the multimillion-dollar business.

Tim has also served as a part-time general counsel for smaller clients, developing compliance programs and handling transactional needs for their businesses, including distribution agreements, supply agreements, joint development agreements and licensing agreements. He also led a transactional and IP practice for upstream and midstream oil and gas clients.

Outside of the office, Tim enjoys skiing, golf, tennis and serving as Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop focused predominantly on scouts with special needs.

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