Jeffrey Whittle provides over two decades of legal experience to clients in the energy and high tech industries. He advises on strategic and complex technology transactions, licensing, patent protection, portfolio analysis, and other contentious and transactional intellectual property matters including inter partes reexaminations, post-grant reviews, and derivation proceedings, among other disputed cases. Jeffrey leads Womble Bond Dickinson’s International IP Energy Group and serves as Managing Partner of the firm’s Houston office.

Jeffrey has been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 United States and Client Choice, among others, for his outstanding career and contributions to law and intellectual property. He also was named 2018 Global IP Attorney of the Year by Legal Era.

Jeffrey is the past president and chair of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) for the USA and Canada (2015-2016) and served on the LES Board for over seven years. A Certified Licensing Professional, Jeffrey is a frequent and highly sought-after speaker and author, nationally and internationally, on various intellectual property/licensing/technology topics.

Jeffrey keeps up with the always changing intellectual property field through memberships in various legal and professional associations, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, and Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He also has served on M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Technology Review Committee, IP Law360's Advisory Board, and Wake Forest University School of Law's Board of Visitors, and the Board of Trustees of the Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc., as well as on boards of various charitable organizations. Jeffrey is also a member of the Texas Bar College and the Texas Bar Foundation. He was awarded and recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the University of Houston Law Center.

Civic and Professional Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association 
  • Florida Bar Association 
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Texas Bar College
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society International, Education Committee, Chair, 2012-2014
  • Licensing Executives Society USA & Canada; Chair and President, 2015-2016
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Board of Visitors, 2013-2014 and 2019 – present
  • Certified Licensing Professional - Board of Governors 2018-2019
  • IPLaw 360 Advisory Board, 2010
  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Technology Review Committee, 2008-2009

Publications and Presentations

Publications

  • “To tariff or not to tariff.” Intellectual Property Magazine, November 2018 
  •  “Problems with Patents,” Oil & Gas Technology, Autumn 2017
  • “Energy Disputes Global Trends and Perspectives,” July 20, 2017
  • “Patents or Trade Secrets? Yes, Please,” June 14, 2017
  • “3 Things You Should Know About the Nominee for IP Czar.” Law360, May 17, 2017

Presentations

  • “Monetizing IP in your M&A Transactions” – Panel Speaker, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, September 2018

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers USA Ranked Lawyer, Intellectual Property, Texas, 2010-2019
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Technology Law, 2016-2019
  • Named to Patent Star, Trademark Star, IP Stars, 2017-2018
  • Named to WIPR Leaders, World Intellectual Property Review, 2016-2018
  • Listed in Leaders Club, World Intellectual Property Review, 2017
  • Recognized in IAM Strategy 350, IAM Magazine, 2015-2016
  • Recognized in IAM Patent 1000, IAM Magazine, 2012-2019
  • Recognized by Who's Who Legal in the area of Patents, 2017
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Bar admissions

1991, North Carolina

1996, Florida

2002, Texas

2012, New York

Admitted to practice before:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas 
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Education

  • J.D., 1991, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • M.B.A., 1991, Wake Forest University
  • B.E., 1984, Vanderbilt University, Electrical Engineering