Philip Albert is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of the San Francisco office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. His practice focuses on patent prosecution, including interfacing with patent practitioners in other countries, setting up internal patent review processes so that limited resources are allocated to the most important inventions, evaluating patents of others for purchase, licensing, or design-around, and addressing intellectual property components of a larger transaction, acquisition or due diligence project. He has significant experience representing clients developing many critical technologies, including streaming, network protocols, network security, artificial intelligence, blockchain, animation, and the Internet of Things.

An engineer by training, Phil previously worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founded a company that produced semi-custom software and turnkey computer systems for accounting tasks and bank operations.

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Selected Client Representations
  • Prosecuted patent applications for personal health device developer up to a successful acquisition
  • Handled license negotiations for social gaming company
  • Obtained patents for a satellite communications company
  • Negotiated exclusive patent license for utility technology provider
  • Prosecuted patents that were the subject of patent litigation, in the fields of WAN acceleration, Internet search technology, electronic mail processing, virtual interactive worlds, user interfaces, and loyalty programs
  • Was on a team that successfully defended patent litigation related to LCD screens
  • Worked with a wireless protocol company to create a portfolio of patents for 802.11 protocols
  • Advised institutional investor on investment in power plant operator involving intellectual property issues, international licensing issues, and licensing encumbrances
  • Provided open source licensing advice and patent advice to a nonprofit developer of low-cost medical ventilators
  • Successfully represented immigrant minors and immigrant victims of trafficking in obtaining permanent residency or securing legal rights to remain in the U.S. for eventual permanent residency
Professional Affiliations and Engagements
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Alameda County, CA
Awards and Recognition
  • California Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2020


B.S., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1983

J.D., University of Southern California, 1991



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Nora Titus, Phil Albert Author Law360 Article: ‘Peppa Pig Ruling a Cautionary Tale on Sanctions and [...]
April 21, 2022

Phil Albert, a partner in Haynes Boone’s Intellectual Property Practice, and Nora Titus, an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice, authored an article in Law360. Read an excerpt below: Peppa Pig is a topic we might expect to come up in the context of conversations among preschoolers, but not so much in the context of international sanctions.   Hasbro Inc. subsidiary Entertainment One U. [...]