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Jeffrey A. Tinker

Jeff Tinker’s practice focuses on patent, copyright, and trademark law. He has experience in U.S. and foreign patent and trademark application preparation and prosecution. Jeff has extensive experience negotiating intellectual property licenses, filing and defending reexaminations, oppositions, and cancellations at the USPTO, and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of law suits involving intellectual property rights.

In addition to patent and trademark prosecution, Jeff regularly performs due diligence studies of intellectual property assets, including analyzing patent and trademark portfolios, conducting patent and trademark searches, and preparing opinions regarding infringement and validity. His practice also involves counseling clients and negotiating a wide array of IP and IT agreements, including patent and trademark licenses, manufacturing agreements, software licenses, and technology services agreements. He also advises clients in a wide range of compliance-related issues, including export controls, privacy policies and GDPR compliance, DMCA safe-harbor provisions, and open-source software licenses. He also assists apartment communities across the country in analyzing the music uses at their properties and obtaining the appropriate public performance licenses.


  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2007
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2002


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

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Representative Matters
  • In 2019, obtained a non-infringement verdict for a defendant in a jury trial in the Eastern District of Texas.
  • In 2018, obtained a no-fee dismissal with prejudice for a defendant in a trademark cancellation proceeding at the USPTO.
  • In 2017, obtained early dismissal of a patent infringement case filed against a shopping mall. The patent covered ineligible subject matter relating to features on the mall’s website. 
  • In 2016, negotiated a co-existence agreement with a Major League Baseball team for a client. 
  • In 2015, was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan in a dispute between the State of Michigan and a Fortune 100 company related to a multi-million dollar software development contract.
  • 2014-2017, negotiated contracts for IT services for a Fortune 100 company.
  • In 2013, won an arbitration award against a Fortune 500 company in a dispute over a patent license agreement. 
  • In charge of open source software license compliance as part of several mergers and acquisitions, including in an acquisition of a client by a Fortune 10 company
  • 2010-2018, assisted dozens of property management companies with their music licenses, including four of the ten largest in the U.S.
  • Obtained no-fee dismissal in several copyright infringement suits filed against apartment communities.
  • Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2010
  • Black Duck® Certified by Black Duck Software, Inc., 2014
  • Named one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine, 2019 and 2021
Activities & Memberships
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Division
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Native American Law Section
  • National Native American Bar Association
  • "Latest Trends in Music Licensing at Apartment Communities," National Apartment Association (NAA) General Counsel Group, June 13, 2019

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