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About Tasha

An intellectual property litigator, Tasha Snipes is experienced in many aspects of patent litigation, including the development and implementation of claim construction, noninfringement and invalidity strategies, and discovery. She routinely assists client with patent prosecution, patent licensing, trademarks, copyright procurement, copyright licensing agreements, technology transfers and branding.

Tasha also has experience counseling clients in the strategic development of their patent portfolios, protecting multi-media projects (music, art, video production), as well as domain name disputes.

During law school, Tasha was involved in mock trial where her team advanced to the national tournament. She also was the submissions editor of the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal. Prior to entering the legal profession, Tasha worked as an electrical engineer, designing control strategies for oil and gas refineries. She also worked as a communication engineer in the aerospace industry.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Fortune 500 company — defense of patent infringement action that favorably resulted in a royalty-free dismissal

Global leader in innovative fire safety and electronic security solutions — patent infringement actions involving wireless mesh communication, video surveillance and wireless encryption technologies

Financial institution — patent infringement action, including developing claim construction positions and invalidity contentions for patents relating to software utilized in the provision of financial services

Financial institution — prepared motions and researched issues involving automated call center technology related to toll free numbers, automated attendant, automated call distribution, voice response unit, computer telephone integration and speech recognition

U.S. financial institution — managed patent prosecution for over 30 concurrent applications and issued patents

Houston client — pro bono basis for trademark clearance and availability, opinions, and obtaining federal trademark registration

Publications and Speeches

“Test for enhanced damages,” IP Magazine, July/August 2016.

“Patent Eligible Subject Matter Post Mayo & Alice,” Navy Symposium, May 2016.

“It’s Now Much Easier To Get A Priority Patent Filing Date,” Law360, November 2013.

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

“‘Round the Turn They’re A-Comin!’ The Wild Patent Enforcement Ride of Marine Polymer v. HemCon,” Thomson Reuters, April 2012.

“Internet 2.0: Jurisdictional Risks in Today’s Cyber World,” IP Strategist, March 2012.

Credentials

Education

University of Houston Law Center,
J.D.
2009
Iowa State University,
B.S., Electrical Engineering
2006

Bar Admissions

Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
Houston Intellectual Property Association
Nancy Atlas IP American Inn of Court

News

Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center

Privileged Communications in Patent Law

This presentation discusses attorney-client privilege for patent documents, global attorney client privilege issues, and the privilege from the “common-interest” doctrine. Most companies have a global portfolio of intellectual property in the form of patents, copyrights, and trademarks that are secured and maintained in different jurisdictions. In-house counsel face special challenges in managing the attorney-client privilege for these matters, especially during global disputes and investigations. Another challenge for controlling privilege arises in the context of mergers and acquisitions and these issues have to be addressed before and after the deal closes. Different jurisdictions differ in their approach, and corporate counsel should be aware of how privilege can be managed or transferred.

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

The National Black Lawyers
Top 40 Under 40
2017
University of Houston Law Center
Houston Business & Tax Law Journal
Submissions Editor

Events

Past Events