Jacob McDonald, and associate with Baker Botts, works on intellectual property matters, including patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. His experience includes patent prosecution, litigation, and intellectual property licensing. A registered patent attorney, Mr. McDonald has prepared and prosecuted patent applications relating to computer graphics, digital devices, cellular networks, mechanical hardware, seismic surveying, multi-factor authentication, and electronic payment systems. He has also helped clients challenge patents in inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board.
Mr. McDonald practices in all aspects of patent litigation, including pleadings, pretrial discovery, infringement and validity analyses, claim construction, motion practice, damages, and trial. Mr. McDonald has worked on litigation matters relating to semiconductor fabrication, cellular & WiFi networks, wireless devices, computer architecture, oil well perforation, and web-based content delivery. Mr. McDonald also provides general counseling on intellectual property issues, helping clients develop their intellectual property assets and minimize litigation exposure.
The intersection of intellectual property (IP) and antitrust law is again a hot debate after a recent speech by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s (“DOJ” or “Division”) Economics Director of Enforcement, Jeffrey Wilder, titled Leveling the Playing Field in the Standards Ecosystem: Principles for a Balanced Antitrust Enforcement Approach to Standards-Essential Patents. Before we dive in on the key takeaways from the speech, and our thoughts on potential ramifications, it bears briefly mentioning how we got here.