Jeffrey A. Andrews
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 a member of the Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region Board of Directors, resuming the position he held from 2009-2015.
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 and the intellectual property boutique, Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC.
Jeff and his wife, Dale, have two children.
- Lubrizol Specialty Products, Inc. v. Baker Hughes Incorporated, Baker Petrolite Corporation and Baker Petrolite LLC Lead counsel representing Baker Hughes in patent infringement case against competitor Lubrizol. The four patents at issue concern a method of use of drag reducing agents (DRAs) in heavy, asphaltenic crude oil. Prevented Lubrizol’s attempt to dismiss Baker Hughes’ antitrust counterclaims. Stayed the litigation pending the resolution of four instituted inter partes review proceedings, where all patent claims have been found unpatentable and Lubrizol is appealing.
- SAE Towers, Ltd. v. TransDesign International, LLC, et al. Lead counsel representing defendants in this misappropriation of trade secret case in Texas state court. The alleged trade secrets involve computer software used in the design of steel towers. The case is currently staying pending appeal of defendants’ anti-SLAPP (TCPA) motion to dismiss.
- The University of Houston, et al. v. Houston College of Law, Inc., formerly known as South Texas College of Law Part of a team that successfully represented the University of Houston in its federal court case for trademark infringement after the South Texas College of Law changed its name to “Houston College of Law.” Obtained a preliminary injunction and the case ultimately settled with South Texas College of Law agreeing to abandon the name "Houston College of Law" and taking other steps, representing a complete victory for the University of Houston.
- Confidential Client. Defended an international oil field services company against a competitor in a confidential arbitration of patent infringement claims with nine-figure damages claim. The technology at issue involved measurement-while-drilling technology and real-time imaging of a borehole while drilling. The dispute settled on terms favorable to the defendant after the two-week arbitration hearing.
- Inhance Technologies, LLC v Paul Banks, David Molthen and TMRJ Holdings, Inc. Represented defendants as second chair trial counsel in this misappropriation of trade secrets case involving plastics fluorination methods. The prior defendant's counsel had allowed the entry of a preliminary injunction. 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.
- General Electric Company v. Sealed Unit Parts Co., Inc. Lead counsel representing GE in this copyright infringement case. The defendant, SUPCO, was selling replacement master control boards for GE refrigerators. An investigation of the SUPCO replacement boards showed that the source code was at least 99.97% identical to copyrighted GE source code. The case settled shortly after GE filed a complaint for copyright infringement, with a total victory for GE.
- Uniloc USA, Inc. et al. v. General Electric Company d/b/a GE Healthcare Lead counsel for General Electric in this patent infringement case where the plaintiff asserted two patents related to electronic medical record systems. Of the 21 defendants in the consolidated case, GE was the only defendant to offer an expert witness for claim construction proceedings. GE's expert witness was the founder of an early electronic medical records company and the creator of certain prior art electronic medical records systems that created a significant risk for plaintiff’s patents. GE was able to settle out of the case early on confidential terms shortly after plaintiff took the deposition of GE's claim construction expert witness.
- Legends, Inc. v. The Upper Deck Co. LLC Represented the defendant as second chair trial counsel, taking over Upper Deck's defense just two months before trial. Legends alleged that Upper Deck infringed a patent concerning a method for authenticating signatures on sports memorabilia and sought actual damages of over $4 million and enhanced damages. Obtained a jury verdict of no infringement and no willful infringement of the asserted patent.
- Power-One, Inc. v. Artesyn Technologies, Inc. Part of the team defending Artesyn in this patent infringement suit concerning digital control of board-level power regulators. Artesyn was accused of infringing four patents related to board-mounted power converters. The first two patents were taken to trial, where the jury returned a verdict of no infringement on one patent and Power-One obtained an award of only $100 in damages for infringement of the second patent. After trial, Power-One dismissed its allegations on the remaining two patents with prejudice.
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in Texas Intellectual Property Litigation, 2018–2019
- 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
- The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2015– present, Associate 2013–2015
- Editor: Landslide, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, 2009–2019
- Board of Directors: Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Region, 2009–2015; 2019-present
- Executive Board: Houston Bar Association, Litigation Section, 2011
- Chair: Houston Intellectual Property Law Association Amicus Committee, 2012–2014
- Member: Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of Greater Houston Scholarship Committee, 2006–present
- Special Advisor: Slavin Family Foundation, 2015-present
- “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
- “Pfizer’s Viagra Patent and the Promise of Patent Protection in China,” 28 L. L.A. Int’l Comp. J. 1, 2006
- “Reversing Copyright Misuse: Enforcing Contractual Prohibitions on Software Reverse Engineering,” 41 Houston Law Review 976, 2004
- Fifteen peer-reviewed scientific publications in journals such as Science, Biogeochemistry, and Global Biogeochemical Cycles; Fifteen national and international scientific presentations, including the American Geophysical Union, American Society for Microbiology, U.S. Department of Energy Terrestrial Carbon Program, and GCTE-LUCC Open Science Conference on Global Change
- 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