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.

Professional Recognition

  • California Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2020

Professional and Community Activities

  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Alameda County, CA

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

J.D., University of Southern California, 1991



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Press Release
Roger Royse, Philip Albert and Alfredo Amoedo Selected for 2021 Super Lawyers/Rising Stars Directori [...]
July, 26 2021

Haynes and Boone, LLP Partners Roger Royse and Philip Albert have been included in the 2021 North California Super Lawyers directory, published by Thomson Reuters. Associate Alfredo Amoedo was selected for the companion 2021 Northern California Rising Stars directory. Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Northern California annually, via a multiphase selection process involving peer nomi [...]