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