Seth E. Jaffe


Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Seth E.  Jaffe


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Seth Jaffe focuses on intellectual property matters, emphasizing patent prosecution and patent litigation in the fields of mechanics, electronics, aerospace, and controls.  He also counsels clients on data protection, privacy, and access to information.

Seth is a Certified Business Continuity Professional ("CBCP").  Drawing from nearly 14 years of institutional resiliency and continuity management in NASA's Mission Control, Seth advises on matters of incident response, cyber attacks, and data breaches.  He has experience preparing company-wide incident response plans.  Seth has assisted clients in responding to data breaches, lost devices, and other types of cyber incidents.  Seth also has over 15 years of experience with home automation products, and he has authored multiple articles on the legal ramifications of the Internet of Things. 

Seth has experience counseling clients in all areas of intellectual property, including securing and transferring patent rights.  He has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications for protection both in the United States and abroad.  Seth has advised clients on patent issues involved in product launches and capital expenditures.  He has helped clients evaluate and transfer intellectual property as part of corporate mergers and acquisitions and he has experience monetizing and licensing patents.

Seth has represented numerous clients both enforcing and defending against patent claims in litigation.  He has litigation experience with discovery, infringement and invalidity contentions, claim construction, expert reports, summary judgment briefings, settlement negotiation, and settlement agreements.  

Seth spent nearly 14 years as a NASA engineer, instructor, and flight controller for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station vehicles. He specialized in attitude dynamics, guidance, navigation, and control (GNC), gyroscope technologies, and global positioning systems (GPS). During his tenure, Seth was the mission lead for the STS-96 Shuttle resupply mission, as well as the International Space Station lead for Increment 16. 

Apart from his time as an Aerospace Engineer, Seth managed automation control projects at a robotics company, and he designed and installed commercial-level security and alarm systems.

While in law school, Seth served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod, Circuit Judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also interned for The Honorable Gray H. Miller and The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, both of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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  • Education

    2012 - J.D., magna cum laude, University of Houston Law Center
    1996 - B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas

    • Member, Order of the Coif.
    • Associate Editor of the Houston Law Review.
    • Seth is admitted to practice in the State of Texas.  He is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Representative experience
    • Defended a global performance and production company in a patent infringement case involving Pepper's Ghost projections. 
    • Defended a large software company in a patent infringement case involving music downloads (Eastern District of Texas)
    • Defended a financial institution in a patent infringement case regarding cryptography (Eastern District of Texas)
    • Represented a geotechnical company in asserting a patent related to building foundations (Middle District of Florida)
    • Prepared and prosecuted domestic and international patents in the fields of geotechnical, down-hole drilling, alternative energy, sub-sea robotics, construction and housing, and software
  • Professional activities
    • State Bar of Texas
    • American Intellectual Property Association
    • Houston Intellectual Property Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Houston Bar Association
  • Publications
    • "FTC issues new privacy and security report on the internet of things", Fulbright Data Protection Report Blog, January 27, 2015
    • "Social Media Glossary of Terms", Fulbright Social Media Law Bulletin, January 12, 2015
    • "Facebook responds to COPPA with patent application directed to online verification", Fulbright Social Media Law Blog, June 17, 2014
    • "Beware of the threatening tweet", Fulbright Social Media Law Blog, April 29, 2014
    • "Ninth Circuit extends freedom of the press protection to blogger", Fulbright Social Media Law Blog, February 24, 2014
    • "District of Nevada OKs plaintiffs' Facebook ad for collective action", December 5, 2013
    • "Copyright Safe Harbor for Third-Party Content", Fulbright Social Media Law Blog, July 16, 2013
    • "Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986", Fulbright Social Media Law Blog, May 13, 2013
    • "ECPA Reform Bill adds geolocation provisions", Fulbright Social Media Law Blog, May 13, 2013
    • "Computer Fraud and Abuse Act", Fulbright Social Media Law Blog, March 28, 2013
    • "Passwords & Social Media," Fulbright Social Media Law Blog, January 2, 2013 
    • "Will Facebook's New Policy Affect Your Company Page?" Fulbright Social Media Law Blog, December 3, 2012 
    • Comment, Manufacturing a System of Remanufacturing: How the Patent Office Can Facilitate Environmentally Conscious Product Design, 48 Hous. L. Rev.919 (2012)
  • Civic involvement
    • Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of Workshop Houston, a public charity devoted to providing education and technical skills to at-risk youth
    • Chair of Houston Bar Association Consumer Law Committee
  • Licenses
    • Texas State Bar License
  • Languages
    • Portuguese - Limited Proficiency
  • Interests
    • Seth enjoys tinkering with home automation devices.  He's an avid writer, runner, and amateur chef.