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Jeffrey S. Whittle


Jeffrey S. Whittle

Jeff 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.

Jeff has been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and The Legal 500 United States, among others, for his outstanding career and contributions to law and intellectual property.

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

Jeff 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, as well as on boards of various charitable organizations. Jeff is also a member of the Texas Bar College and is a certified licensing professional. Recently he was awarded and recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the University of Houston Law Center.

Education and admissions


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


  • 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-present
  • Licensing Executives Society USA & Canada; Vice President for Education, 2012-present; Trustee 2010-present; International Delegate 2009-present; Educational Trainer, 2009-present
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Board of Visitors, 2013-2016
  • IPLaw 360 Advisory Board, 2010
  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Technology Review Committee, 2008-2009
  • Licensing Executives Society, Houston Chapter President, 2007-2008

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Texas
  • New York
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Intellectual Property

Chambers USA


Technology Law

The Best Lawyers in America


WIPR Leaders


IAM Strategy 350


IAM Patent 1000

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Licensing the Future: Innovating the Unknown

les Nouvelles: Journal of the Licensing Executives Society International
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