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About Jonathan

Jonathan Spivey focuses on intellectual property litigation, including complex patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright and unfair competition litigation and appeals. He also counsels clients in the strategic development of their IP portfolios.

His trial experience includes federal jury and bench trials, with key participation in numerous district court litigations involving patent, trademark, and copyright infringement; Internet domain disputes; mergers and acquisitions; and patent prosecution. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order (TRO) proceedings. Jonathan's experience includes the electro-mechanical, electrical computer technology, wireless communication, video coding/decoding and software arts. Additionally, Jonathan has experience as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable H. Robert Mayer, former chief judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Jonathan worked as a machine design engineer at Hallmark Cards. Inc., where he conceptualized and implemented complex control systems for a wide range of manufacturing processes.


Recent Notable Matters

Houston Independent School District — lead trial counsel representing the 7th largest public school district in the nation in a multi-million dollar copyright infringement action pending in the S.D. of Texas

Houston Independent School District — represented largest school district in Texas in significant trademark infringement action resulting in a favorable district court ruling, and 5th Circuit affirmance

Online educational software company — jury trial involving patent infringement of Internet based education systems

Silicon Valley-based semiconductor design and manufacturing company — jury trial involving patent infringement of semiconductor manufacturing technology

World's largest maker of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems for residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation needs — several patent infringement actions involving wireless communication and networking technology

Global leader in innovative fire safety and electronic security solutions — patent infringement actions involving wireless mesh communication, video surveillance, and wireless encryption technologies

Multiple clients — variety of suits involving: copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation of computer software and peripherals; copyright infringement of architectural plans; and trade secret misappropriation of customer lists resulting in favorable results for his clients

Publications and Speeches

"Test for enhanced damages," IP Magazine, July/August 2016.

"When a Financial Invention May Not be Patentable," American Banker, September 2012.

"Strategic Perspectives" SMU Dedman School of Law Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues, April 2012



George Washington University Law School,
LL.M., Intellectual Property
Thurgood Marshall School of Law,
cum laude
Prairie View A&M University,
B.S., Electrical Engineering

Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
District of Columbia


Houston IP Inn of Court
Program Chair
Richard Linn American Inn of Court
Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court
Federal Circuit Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
National Bar Association
National Society of Black Engineers
Alumni Extension



Alice Corp v CLS Bank International

June 19, 2014
Intellectual Property Magazine

Patent "trolls" worry energy sector

April 24, 2014
Houston Business Journal

Troll Wars: Patent Lawsuits Multiplying Against CUs

September 15, 2013
Credit Union Times - Online




Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
2015 - 2018
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Judicial Clerk
Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Thurgood Marshall Law Review


Past Events