Jeffrey A. Andrews

Partner
Contact
jandrews@yettercoleman.com
713.632.8071 | Houston, Texas
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Professional Summary

Jeff is an intellectual property trial attorney with extensive experience in patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright disputes. Trained as a scientist prior to attending law school, Jeff brings his scientific and technical understanding to cases, as well as an ability to effectively explain complex technical issues to judges and juries. He has litigated cases involving a wide array of technologies and industries including power electronics, neural networks, oilfield services, polymer chemistry, software, and medical devices. Jeff’s extensive litigation and trial experience ensure that he is always ready to take a dispute through a jury verdict, yet he is equally prepared to find resolutions for his clients without the expense of a trial.

As a registered patent attorney, Jeff is well-versed in post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has participated in numerous inter partes reviews. His experience includes roles as lead and backup counsel, as well as counseling and advising clients on post-grant proceedings from behind the scenes.

Jeff relies on his experience in business to help him better appreciate the goals and concerns of his clients. Prior to law school, he was a manager at Enron Global Markets LLC, directing a large group of market analysts on the trading desk, and starting an energy market analysis company under the umbrella of Amerex Energy LLC. A part of his practice now includes advising start-ups on how best to protect and leverage their IP assets.

Maintaining close ties to the Houston and legal community is important to Jeff. Since 2009, he has served on the scholarship committee of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston, which annually grants college scholarships to one high-achieving high school senior in public and private schools. He is also active as a Barrister in the Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, acting as a pupilage group leader.

Jeff is recognized as an accomplished IP litigator and patent lawyer by Chambers USA,  Best Lawyers in America® and Texas Super Lawyers. He also holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating in intellectual property, patents and litigation from Martindale-Hubbell.

Prior to joining the firm, Jeff practiced with Locke Lord LLP. Most recently he was a principal at the intellectual property boutique, Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC.

Jeff and his wife, Dale, have two children.

Representative Experience
  • The Board of Regents of the University of Houston System on Behalf of the University of Houston System and Its Member Institutions, et al. v. Houston College of Law, Inc., formerly known as South Texas College of Law Served as part of a team that successfully represented the University of Houston in its federal court case for trademark infringement, unfair competition, and trademark dilution brought after the South Texas College of Law announced the change of its name to Houston College of Law. Successfully obtained a preliminary injunction based on a finding by the judge that there was substantial likelihood of success on the merits of UH's trademark infringement claim under the Lanham Act and there was a substantial threat of irreparable injury to UH. The case settled with South Texas College of Law agreeing to abandon the name "Houston College of Law" and take other steps, representing a complete victory for the University of Houston.
  • Lubrizol Specialty Products, Inc. v. Baker Hughes Incorporated, Baker Petrolite Corporation and Baker Petrolite LLC Serving as handling counsel and second chair representing defendant in patent infringement case in which the plaintiff and competitor Lubrizol, asserted four patents (U.S. Patents Nos. 8,022,118; 8,426,498; 8,450,249; and 8,450,250) concerning method of use of drag reducing agents (DRAs) in heavy, asphaltenic crude oil. Prevented Lubrizol’s attempt to dismiss Baker Hughes’ antitrust counterclaims, and successfully stayed the litigation shortly before expert report deadlines, pending the resolution of four instituted inter partes review proceedings against the asserted patents.
  • Inhance Technologies, LLC v Paul Banks, David Molthen and TMRJ Holdings, Inc. Served as second chair hired to replace the original counsel representing defendants in this misappropriation of trade secrets case involving plastics fluorination methods. The original counsel had allowed the entry of a preliminary injunction against defendants. The defense and theory of the case were re-built, and at trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of no willful or malicious misappropriation of trade secrets and no breach of fiduciary duty by defendants Banks and Molthen, and no misappropriation of trade secrets by defendant TMRJ Holdings. However, the jury found that defendants Banks and Molthen had misappropriated trade secrets. A final judgment on the misappropriation count was entered against Banks and Molthen, wrongly awarding both forward-looking damages and a permanent injunction. The case is currently on appeal on this issue of first impression under the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
  • General Electric Company v. Sealed Unit Parts Co., Inc. Represented General Electric as lead counsel in this copyright infringement case. The defendant, Sealed Unit Parts Co., Inc. ("SUPCO") was selling replacement master control boards for GE refrigerators. After conducting an investigation into the SUPCO replacement boards and finding that its source code was at least 99.97% identical to the copyrighted GE source code programmed into the authentic GE master control boards, we filed a complaint for copyright infringement and threatened a motion for preliminary injunction against SUPCO. The case settled shortly thereafter.
  • Uniloc USA, Inc. et al. v. General Electric Company d/b/a GE Healthcare Served as lead counsel in a patent infringement case where the plaintiff asserted two patents,  U.S. Patents Nos. 5,682,526 and 5,715,451,related to electronic medical record systems. Of the 21 defendants in the consolidated case, GE was the only defendant that chose not to join the joint defense group established by the other defendants. Using its flexibility, GE was the only defendant to offer an expert witness for claim construction proceedings; GE's expert witness was an M.D. / Ph.D. who was the founder of an early electronic medical records company and the creator of certain prior art electronic medical records systems. GE settled the case earlier than the remaining defendants on confidential terms shortly after plaintiff took the deposition of GE's claim construction expert witness.
Professional Honors & Affiliations
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in Texas Intellectual Property Litigation (Band 4), 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America® in Patent Law, 2015–2019, Patent Litigation, 2018-2019
  • “Texas Super Lawyer” in Intellectual Property Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2015–2018
  • “Texas Rising Star,” Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013–2015
  • Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers, ALM Media, 2013–2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Reviewed in Intellectual Property, Patents, and Litigation, 2013–present
Presentations & Publications
  • “Issue and Developments in Multi-District Litigation in Patent Cases,” Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation, 2012 (co-presenter)
  • “Multi-District Litigation: Strategic and Tactical Questions,“ University of Texas School of Law 17th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, 2012 (panelist)
  • “The Nuts & Bolts of MDL,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Patent Litigation Course, 2012 (moderator)
  • “Harness the Power of EDD Planning,” Texas Lawyer, April, 2009, at 20–21
  • “Patent Law Primer—What is Patentable?”, The Advocate,, Winter 2008, at 1
Education & Professional Background
  • The University of Houston Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005 (Order of the Coif, Order of Barons, Dean's Scholar, Executive Editor, Houston Law Review)
  • Duke University, Ph.D. Biogeochemistry, 1999 (NASA Earth System Science Fellow, National Science Foundation Fellow, Sigma XI)
  • Yale University, M.F.S., Systems Ecology, 1994 (MacLean Scholar)
  • University of Rochester, B.S., Biological Sciences, magna cum laude with distinction for research, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1992 (Phi Beta Kappa, DeKeiwiet Scholar)
  • Admitted to Practice Texas, 2005; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2008; U.S. Federal Circuit