HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP is pleased to announce that Douglas W. Rommelmann has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in the intellectual property practice. Rommelmann was previously a partner at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP.
“Doug is a well-respected lawyer with a superb reputation in technology and intellectual property,” said Bracewell Managing Partner Gregory M. Bopp. “His addition furthers our technology growth initiative which is one of our top priorities firm-wide.”
Rommelmann, a registered patent attorney, counsels companies in all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. He advises on patent procurement and designing around competitor’s patents, provides opinions on patent and trademark invalidity and infringement issues, represents companies in contested U.S. Patent & Trademark Office proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR) proceedings. In addition, he leads IP due diligence teams for major mergers and acquisitions and also maintains an IP litigation practice. He has experience in a variety of technologies ranging from check imaging and processing, online banking and e-commerce, oil field equipment, offshore mooring systems, subsea pumps and boosting systems, hydrodynamic seals, chemical equipment and processes, and medical devices and equipment.
“Doug brings a unique set of skills to the firm’s technology and IP practice that aligns well with Bracewell’s established energy and technology clients,” said Constance Gall Rhebergen, head of Bracewell’s technology and intellectual property section. “His engineering background and keen understanding of intellectual property law brings a perspective to clients that is both practical and comprehensive.”
“I am honored to join Bracewell’s well-established and vibrant IP practice,” said Rommelmann. “Bracewell’s depth in IP provides a terrific platform for my clients.”
Rommelmann earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from University of Illinois and his law degree from South Texas College of Law Houston. Before practicing law, Rommelmann was an offshore engineer for six years.