Seth E. Jaffe


Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

Seth E.  Jaffe


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Seth Jaffe is an associate in the Houston office. His practice is focused on intellectual property rights, emphasizing patent litigation and patent prosecution in the fields of mechanics, electronics, aerospace, and controls.  

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.

  • Professional activities
    • American Intellectual Property Association
    • Houston Intellectual Property Association
    • International Trademark Association
    • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Publications
    • "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)
  • 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.