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J.D., Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 1996

B.S., Boston University, Aerospace Engineering, 1992

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Jonathan Pierce is a partner in the intellectual property section of Porter Hedges. Jonathan represents multi-national corporations, domestic corporations, and individuals in all aspects of intellectual property law. He specializes in patent, trademark, and trade secret law, as well as intellectual property agreements. His patent practice focuses on infringement litigation, patent prosecution (both U.S. and international), infringement and invalidity opinions, and patentability opinions. His trademark practice focuses on infringement litigation, opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO, and counseling on the selection, use, and filing for trademarks in the U.S. and countries around the world. Jonathan strives to develop strategies to avoid counterproductive patent and trademark disputes, and to assist clients in developing strategies for patent protection, trademark selection, and intellectual property enforcement and portfolio management.

Jonathan has been counsel to clients involved as both plaintiff and defendant in infringement suits in district courts around the country and has tried several patent cases to verdict. Jonathan has also represented clients in mediations of intellectual property disputes.

Jonathan’s transactional practice focuses on drafting and negotiating intellectual property licensing and ownership transfers, technology development agreements, joint development agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.

Representative Experience

  • Represent Dresser-Rand in theft of trade secrets actions against Schutte & Koerting et al involving the theft of Dresser-Rand's trade secrets related to industrial valve technologies by former employees -- pending.
  • Represented the patent owner and leading provider of turbine inlet chilling systems used to cool inlet air into a gas turbine to maximize the gas turbine output across all ambient conditions. 
  • Represented alleged infringer in dispute involving subsea flow line connector technology.
  • Represented the patent owner, a worldwide leader in mobile and wireless printing, in a patent infringement suit involving 4 patents.
  • Represented an alleged infringer of 5 patents related to systems for conducting marine seismic surveys.
  • Represented the alleged infringer and filed a declaratory judgment action on its behalf seeking a declaration that the client’s use of its trademark does not infringe the defendant’s trademark.
  • Represented the BBB against a former BBB member making unauthorized use of the BBB trademarks.
  • Represented alleged infringer in a copyright dispute.
  • Represented the owner of a trademark for pre-paid calling card against another pre-paid calling card distributor and seller. 
  • Represented a baby products manufacturer in suit brought by another baby product manufacturer asserting infringement and unfair competition based on product design trade dress in certain baby products. 
  • Represented a manufacturer and patent holder in a case filed against manufacturers, distributors and re-sellers of the accused products. The patent relates to systems for mounting and orienting multiple computer displays.
  • Represented the patent owner in an infringement case involving a scratch resistant composition used in the automobile industry. 
  • Represented the trademark related design for pre-paid calling cards in an infringement and unfair competition suit against distributors of a competing calling card.
  • Represented the trademark owner in an infringement action against the user of an infringing mark related to butter products. 
  • Represented the applicant in an opposition involving a mark related to carpet. 
  • Represented the patent owner in a suit involving multiple patents relating to equipment and processes for treating hazardous waste. 
  • Represented the trademark owner in an infringement suit related to engineered stone, flooring, kitchen, and bathroom products. 
  • Represented the trademark owner in an infringement suit related to natural gas-to-liquid fuels technologies, processes, and products. 
  • Represented the owner of patents and other proprietary technology relating to degradable plastic films and methods and apparatus for using the films for daily cover in landfills.
  • Represented the trademark owner in a suit against a competitor in the financial services industry using an infringing mark. 
  • Represented trademark applicant in opposition action asserting the client’s mark was likely to cause confusion with the opposer’s mark.

Professional / Civic Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Enforcement Committee (2010-2012)

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