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About Ron

Keith (Ron) Derrington has drafted and prosecuted more than 500 patent applications, with patent subject matter including mechanical, chemical, electrical, software and medical devices. 

Ron has experience counseling clients in matters concerning existing patents, as well as developing strategies for the protection of intellectual property. He also participates in due diligence activities and negotiations for intellectual property matters related to mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Ron counsels U.S. and international clients in worldwide intellectual property ownership in the energy, oil and gas, transportation and aerospace and defense industries.

He has prepared numerous opinions relating to patentability, infringement, validity and freedom to operate. Ron’s ability to interact well with inventors emanates from his previous engineering experience as a licensed professional engineer. Prior to entering the legal field, Ron worked for 10 years as both an engineer in the design field and as a reliability engineer. While working as a reliability engineer, Ron provided technical engineering support for the Orbiter portion of the NASA Space Transportation System.


Recent Notable Matters

Baker Hughes Incorporated — patent matters for numerous oil and gas exploration and production devices, including perforating, imaging and evaluation tools

Lockheed Martin — drafting and prosecuting patent applications for aeronautical and aerospace improvements; also involved in appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Brightleaf — drafting and prosecuting patents related to advancements in solar energy technology; provide patent strategy to clients



South Texas College of Law Houston,
University of Houston,
B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Section
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
Board of Directors, 2001 - 2003; Chair, Communications Committee, 2010 - 2012
Intellectual Property Owners Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Chemical Practice and Licensing and Management of IP Assets Committees





The Legal 500 United States
Intellectual Property (IP): Patent Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents, 2013 - 2015


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