Roger’s practice focuses on intellectual property (IP) and business litigation. Roger’s IP and technology practice includes preparation and prosecution of United States and international patent and trademark applications, advice and counseling, procurement and government contracting, licensing and acquisition, portfolio management, opinions, reexamination proceedings at the Patent and Trademark Office, administrative hearings before the International Trade Commission (ITC), appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and litigation in state and federal courts regarding all aspects of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. His IP litigation experience includes patent infringement, trademark infringement, invalidity and inventorship disputes, trademark infringement, false advertising and domain name disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of development, licensing and supply agreements.
Technical subject areas of litigation matters handled by Roger include semiconductor memory chips, fluid flow meters, large-scale optics manufacturing, mainframe utility software, acoustic paneling, airplane components, extrusion molding methods, gas chromatography, bathroom fixtures, ground fault circuit interrupters, Web-based financial transaction security and encryption, data redundancy, Web server software, fixed annuities, casing running and drilling tools, digital rights management, telecommunications, consumer goods, and telemedicine. A programmer and software engineer before law school, Roger has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting software patents.
Roger’s business litigation practice includes trials, appeals and arbitrations across the spectrum of commerce, including civil fraud, banking and financial services, insurance policies, insurance agency agreements, construction, legal malpractice, accounting and consulting malpractice, mail fraud and wire fraud, breach of license agreement, breach of supply agreements, wrongful termination and employment, lender liability, bankruptcy, conversion of collateral, breach of fiduciary duty, trust and probate disputes, FOIA and Texas Public Information Act appeals, partnership disputes and class action defense.
Professional Licenses, Memberships, Honors and Awards
- Registered Patent Attorney, 2000
- State Bar of Texas, 1988
- US District Court, Western, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of Texas
- Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Fifth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals
- President, Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, 2015
- Master of the Bench, The Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
- Reed College, B.A., Mathematics, 1981
- University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with Honors, 1988; Order of the Coif