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As a partner in our Intellectual Property Counseling practice, Jill McWhirter specializes in identifying and solving cutting-edge intellectual property issues in complex transactions in the energy and technology sectors. Jill’s technical credentials help her in not only providing critical and practical strategic advice to global clients but also the ability to have a strong understanding of the technology at issue.

Jill counsels companies in a wide range of technology transactions to help them profitably develop, share and exploit their technical and IP assets. She provides clients with innovative IP strategies, as well as insights into the legal challenges they may face.

With a background in nuclear engineering, Jill has particular knowledge of the energy sector and its IP transactional challenges. Working with domestic and international energy sector clients, she advises on the types of IP transactional matters that may arise in daily operations, as well as on critical company-changing transactions. Jill frequently assists on the IP side of corporate deals by negotiating contracts and analyzing risk assessment, IP development and licensing agreements, as well as by counseling on related concerns.  Jill works across practice areas to provide critical support on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and research and development collaborations. In addition, Jill handles numerous IP-related matters in the Middle East and in the petrochemical, oil and gas industries, partnering with clients to develop overall IP strategies.

Jill also works with companies on complex software licensing transactions. She advises on licensing, exploitation and distribution of software assets, including inbound and outbound agreements, framework and enterprise agreements, as well as cloud computing and software service agreements.

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Credentials

B.S., University of Michigan

J.D., St. Mary's University, magna cum laude

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Alabama

District of Columbia

Texas

Intern, Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig Enoch, Texas

American Bar Association

The District of Columbia Bar

State Bar of Texas

International Trademark Association

Houston Intellectual Property Law Association

American International Property Law Association

Alabama State Bar Association

Licensing Executives Society

Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals


Intellectual Asset Management, 2017

Matters

Represented one of the world's largest drill bit manufacturers in all aspects of IP transactional, licensing and litigation matters.

Negotiated framework terms and conditions, statements of work and service agreement on a $200 million agreement with a major enterprise application software supplier.

Negotiated a US$50 million cloud-based security network agreement for a large petrochemical company.

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Represented one of the world's largest drill bit manufacturers in all aspects of IP transactional, licensing and litigation matters.

Negotiated framework terms and conditions, statements of work and service agreement on a $200 million agreement with a major enterprise application software supplier.

Negotiated a US$50 million cloud-based security network agreement for a large petrochemical company.

Drafted and negotiated over 200 software license agreements, enterprise agreements, software maintenance and support agreements over last three years involving third-party licensees for a start-up of a major international petrochemical manufacturing plant.

Matters

Represented one of the world's largest drill bit manufacturers in all aspects of IP transactional, licensing and litigation matters.

Negotiated framework terms and conditions, statements of work and service agreement on a $200 million agreement with a major enterprise application software supplier.

Negotiated a US$50 million cloud-based security network agreement for a large petrochemical company.

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Matters

Represented one of the world's largest drill bit manufacturers in all aspects of IP transactional, licensing and litigation matters.

Negotiated framework terms and conditions, statements of work and service agreement on a $200 million agreement with a major enterprise application software supplier.

Negotiated a US$50 million cloud-based security network agreement for a large petrochemical company.

Drafted and negotiated over 200 software license agreements, enterprise agreements, software maintenance and support agreements over last three years involving third-party licensees for a start-up of a major international petrochemical manufacturing plant.

Credentials

B.S., University of Michigan

J.D., St. Mary's University, magna cum laude

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Alabama

District of Columbia

Texas

Intern, Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig Enoch, Texas

American Bar Association

The District of Columbia Bar

State Bar of Texas

International Trademark Association

Houston Intellectual Property Law Association

American International Property Law Association

Alabama State Bar Association

Licensing Executives Society

Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals


Intellectual Asset Management, 2017