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Jonathan R. Spivey
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Jonathan Spivey is a partner in Bracewell's litigation practice, where he focuses on intellectual property litigation, including complex patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation and appeals. Jonathan 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. His experience includes the electro-mechanical, electrical computer technology, wireless communication, video coding/decoding, and software arts.

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.

Representative Matters

Represented  an online educational software company in a jury trial involving patent infringement of Internet based education systems

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

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

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

Representation of multiple clients in a 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:  The America Invents Act, April 2012

"Domain Names Going Global in 2010: Registrations, Acquisition, and Protection of Domain Names in China," Bloomberg Law Reports, Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2010


LL.M., Intellectual Property, George Washington University Law School, 1998
J.D., cum laude, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 1997
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Prairie View A&M University, 1991

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
U.S. Supreme Court


Houston IP Inn of Court - Program Chair
Richard Linn American Inn of Court - Founder
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


Judicial Clerk, The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Thurgood Marshall Law Review