Jeffrey S. Whittle

Jeffrey S. Whittle

Partner, Houston

Email jeffrey.whittle@​

Phone +1 713 632 1405

Fax +1 713 632 1401

Practice groupIntellectual Property

"Jeffrey Whittle of Hogan Lovells US LLP is described by one source as 'the ace licensing guy in Texas,' while others highlight his 'knowledgeable and practical' counsel. He is particularly valued for his strength in IP issues arising from the oil and gas market."

Chambers USA 2017

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 seven 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.

Awards and recognitions


Global IP Star
IP Stars

2018 - 2019

Certified Licensing Professionals - Board of Governors


Patent Star, Trade Mark Star
IP Stars


WIPR Leaders
World Intellectual Property Review


Leaders Club
World Intellectual Property Review

2016 - 2019

Technology Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Intellectual Property (Texas)
Chambers USA


IAM Strategy 350
IAM Magazine


IAM Patent 1000
IAM Magazine


Who's Who Legal

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

Certified Licensing Professional - Board of Governors 2018-2019

Bar admissions and qualifications


New York


North Carolina

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th 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

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