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About Jonathon

Jonathon Hance focuses his practice on energy and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes relating to energy-supply agreements, including International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Master Agreements in the oil and gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), trading and marketing, renewable, solar, chemical and petrochemical industries. His litigation practice also includes cases of patent infringement, trademark infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets in the areas of software, open-source code, mobile devices, computer hardware, gTLDs (generic top-level domain names) and network infrastructures. Jonathon represents an array of international clients in the energy, oil and gas, technology, software, media, advertising, radio, banking, payment processing, retail, transportation, medical, food and beverage and aerospace and defense industries.

In addition to his litigation practice, Jonathon focuses on the licensing of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and know how relating to advanced computer-implemented technology, including computer software programs, database architectures, computer interfaces and business systems. He is also actively engaged in technology transfer in the advanced-technology sector with particular emphasis on computer implemented systems and methods incorporating advanced mathematical algorithms. With a background in financial derivatives and mathematical modeling, Jonathon is able to assist clients in the protection, licensing or transferring financial models, business methods, and other intellectual property assets. He has also conducted intellectual property and software due diligence for numerous mergers, acquisitions and investment transactions.

Jonathon served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to the practice of law, Jonathon served as the director of information and technology for a mid-size restaurant company where he actively participated in key technology and business decisions relating to corporate back-end computing services, point-of-sale and point-of-transaction systems and web-interface design. He also served as a mathematical consultant for the Bank of America Private Bank where he developed financial portfolio projection and analysis software using the Monte Carlo method.


Recent Notable Matters

Large, international oil and gas company — preparing patent applications for inventions relating to oil production, energy delivery, production metrics, and automation controls

Green-energy company — numerous licensing matters, including non-disclosure agreements and international commercial development agreements

Large energy-services company — providing counsel in relation to a technology collaboration agreement between the company and an engineering company serving the energy and power sectors

One of the largest full-service, privately-held, in-store U.S. banks — various software licensing, software escrow, and professional services agreements

Software development company — analyzing and providing counsel regarding hundreds of open-source licenses in preparation for sale of the company to one of Canada

One of the world’s largest internet retailers — drafting letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on behalf of client commenting on ICANN

Health service organization — drafting terms and conditions, privacy policy, security policy, and software license agreement for client providing services to college and university campuses

International financial management company — seeking trademark protection before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Hardware and software company — licensing of its intellectual property rights to a global computer hardware and device manufacturer

Large U.S. aerospace, security, and defense company — preparing patent applications relating to aviation controls and automation metrics

Publications and Speeches

“The Art of Negotiation and Dealing with Unexpected Surprises,” Licensing Executives Society Houston Chapter Meeting, October 18, 2016.

“IP & Licensing Basics Course,” Licensing Executives Society, University of Houston, September 11, 2015.

“Lame-Duck Patent Reform Goes Almost Entirely Unnoticed,” Law360, December 2012.

“Federal Circuit Clears Pathway Through ‘Recapture Rule’ Minefield,” Thomson Reuters News & Insight, June 2012.



Washington and Lee University School of Law,
magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Southern Methodist University, School of Engineering,
B.A., Computer Science
summa cum laude
Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts,
B.A., Viola Performance
summa cum laude
Southern Methodist University, Dedman College,
B.A., Applied Mathematics
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions



Certified Licensing Professional


Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
State Bar of Texas
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Houston Bar Association
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
Science Fair Committee
Licensing Executives Society, U.S. and Canada
Houston Chapter Chair, 2013 - present; Software Committee 2009 - 2011
Frame Dance Productions
Legal Counsel


Knowledge Center



U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Judicial Clerk
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Washington and Lee Law Review
Managing Editor
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Phi Delta Phi