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Jeffrey Paul Kitchen

Associate

Jeffrey Paul Kitchen

Houston

T:+1 713 651 5391

Jeff Kitchen is an attorney based in Houston, Texas. He has a broad range of experience in patent-related and other intellectual property matters in the energy and technology industries. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to patent litigation and disputes, both at the U.S. District Courts and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, where he has represented patent owners and alleged infringers. This experience includes substantial representation of clients in inter partes review proceedings.  Jeff also has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications to issuance, advising clients on intellectual property matters such as providing written opinions and performing freedom-to-operate analyses, preparing and negotiating intellectual property licenses and other commercial agreements, and advising clients on intellectual property matters related to commercial transactions such as mergers and acquisitions.

While in law school, Jeff was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review and recipient of the Austin Intellectual Property Law Society's Louis T. Pirkey Prize for best student paper on an intellectual property law topic, which addressed recent legislation aimed at curbing abuses of non-practicing entities (so-called patent trolls).

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  • Education

    JD, honors, University of Texas at Austin, 2014
    BS, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2011

    At the University of Texas at Austin, Jeff won the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association's 2013 Louis T. Pirkey Prize for the "best student paper on an intellectual property law topic." He was also a quarter finalist in the Thad T. Hutcheson Moot Court Competition, an associate editor of the Texas Law Review, and a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

  • Representative experience
    • Represented mid-size oilfield services providers (Defendants) against patent infringement action (Southern District of Texas) and related post-grant patent challenge (Patent Trial and Appeal Board) relating to proppant transportation technology for oil well fracturing operations.
    • Represented large oil field services company (Plaintiff) in patent infringement action (Southern District of Texas) and related post-grant patent challenge (Patent Trial and Appeal Board) relating to oil and gas well cementing technology.
    • Represented large oil field services company in validity challenge of five patents related to oil and gas well completion technology (Patent Trial and Appeal Board).
    • Assisted in representation of pharmaceutical company in patent infringement action against producer of a generic drug (Southern District of Texas).
    • Assisted in post-grant validity defense of two challenged patents related to semiconductor manufacturing clean room technology (Patent Trial and Appeal Board).
    • Assisted in post-grant validity challenge of patent related to advanced ceramics technology (Patent Trial and Appeal Board).
    • Prepared advisory opinion for large offshore drilling company regarding infringement of downhole drilling technology.
    • Prepared patent licensing agreement for large offshore drilling company related to deep water drilling equipment.
    • Assisted in defense of large telecommunications company against patent infringement claim involving graphics chip technology (International Trade Commission).
    • Assisted in defense of semiconductor manufacturer in appeal of patent infringement verdict related to electronic displays (Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit).
    • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications for large off-shore oil and gas well drilling company (United States Patent and Trademark Office).
    • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications for large medical device entity (United States Patent and Trademark Office).
    • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications for start-up company related to geothermal well technology (United States Patent and Trademark Office).
    • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications for small company related to modular building technology (United States Patent and Trademark Office).
    • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications for mid-size construction services company relating to soil stabilization technology (United States Patent and Trademark Office).
    • Represented mid-size construction services company in the negotiation of numerous commercial agreements related to soil stabilization technology.
    • Negotiated settlement of commercial dispute relating to intellectual property rights for provider of soil stabilization technology.
    • Represented large hospital system in negotiation of patient monitoring technology license.
  • Admissions
    • Texas State Bar
    • US Patent & Trademark Attorney
  • Publications
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Copyright Law & Registration", Houston Association of Legal Professionals - Nuts and Bolts of Intellectual Property, November 5, 2016
  • Memberships and activities
    • Houston Bar Association, member
    • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, member
    • Boy Scouts of America
      • Eagle Scout (since 2005)
      • Austin troop, assistant scoutmaster (2012 - 2014)