Julie Nickols

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, cum laude; SMU Law Review

B.S., General Engineering, University of Illinois

Admissions

Texas

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Profile

Julie Nickols concentrates her practice in the area of intellectual property law, including the preparation, prosecution, and enforcement of domestic and international patent portfolios. Her practice also includes post-issuance proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Julie's intellectual property law experience includes representing clients in patent reexaminations and inter partes reviews, including appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; counseling regarding new product clearance and patent infringement issues, including patent validity and the design and implementation of non-infringing alternatives to patented technology; conducting patent portfolio acquisition due diligence, including freedom to practice analyses and patented technology landscaping; and preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications directed toward medical device technology, robotics, software, nanotechnology, imaging systems, semiconductor technology, and telecommunications.

Julie's prior work experience includes engineering and management roles in several General Electric industrial businesses including GE Plastics, GE Transportation Systems, and GE Appliances; conducting financial, process, and legal compliance audits for GE’s Corporate Audit Staff; and managing acquisition integrations for GE Medical Systems.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "An Entrepreneur’s Handbook to Intellectual Property," University of Texas at Dallas Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2006-2015.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters, 2010

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • The Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas, Advisory Board Member

Intellectual Property

IP Beacon Year in Review 2018

The Intellectual Property Law 2018 Year In Review

We are pleased to highlight some of our representative intellectual property-related client successes and publications over the past year that might be relevant to your business success in the coming year. We represented clients in 74 inter partes review/PTAB proceedings that were filed in 2018, and our patent prosecution team filed over 2,300 U.S. patent applications and helped issue more than 1,650 U.S. patents just in 2018. We also helped close the IP issues in dozens of financings, M&A transactions, and joint venture/licensing arrangements.

Selected Client Representations

  • Represented clients in patent reexaminations and inter partes reviews, including appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Counseled regarding new product clearance and patent infringement issues, including patent validity and the design and implementation of non-infringing alternatives to patented technology.
  • Conducted patent portfolio acquisition due diligence, including freedom to practice analyses and patented technology landscaping.
  • Prepared and prosecuted domestic and international patent applications directed toward medical device technology, robotics, software, nanotechnology, imaging systems, semiconductor technology, and telecommunications.

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