Andy Ehmke is primary counsel for many high-profile technology companies in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His practice spans nearly 20 years, during which he has guided clients through licensing and technology development, intellectual property litigation, Federal Circuit appellate arguments, and patent portfolio development.
Andy is also the firm’s Chief Information Partner overseeing the firm’s technology and cybersecurity strategies and a member of the firm’s board of directors. Andy has a degree in computer science, and has previously worked as an information systems consultant and as a software developer for hand-held computing devices. His technical areas of experience include software, networking, cloud-based computing and services, mobile devices and computing hardware. Andy continues software development as a hobby, and has co-written and developed Haynes and Boone’s proprietary software for tracking, managing, and docketing IPR proceedings at the PTAB.
- Recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, as a "Future Star," 2018-2019, 2021-2022.
- Recognized by Managing IP Magazine, Euromoney Legal Media Group, as a highly recommended "IP Star," 2012-2015, 2019-2021.
Professional and Community Activities
- State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Law Section
- PTAB Bar Association
- Adjunct Professor at SMU Dedman School of Law
- "Cybersecurity Law & Practice for the Generalist," panelist, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, March 10, 2021.
- “Where are we on IPRs? A Review of the Updated Trial Practice Guide, Claim Construction, and Federal Circuit Decision”, co-presenter, Dallas Bar Association IP Section meeting, Dallas, Texas, September 26, 2019.
- “2018 PTAB Update, co-presenter, Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Law Institute, May 31, 2018.
- "Making Sense of the Patchwork of Cybersecurity Laws: What is Reasonable?" co-panelist, 31st Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Conference, February 7, 2018.
- "The Future of Patent Litigation and the PTAB," co-panelist, 4th Annual Corporate IP Strategy Conference, Santa Clara University, November 16, 2017.
- “PTAB Proceedings: New Rules and Key Practice Tips,” moderator, UT Advanced Patent Law Institute, November 3-4, 2016.
- “Patent Trial and Appeal Board Mock Trial,” co-presenter, 29th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law, Texas State Bar, San Antonio, TX, February 18-19, 2016.
- “Interplay of IPR and Litigation,” co-presenter, Advanced Patent Litigation Course, July 23, 2015.
- “Inter Partes Review Proceedings,” co-author, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 18-19, 2015.
- “Litigation Update – IPR Proceedings,” co-presenter, AIPLA 2015 Electronic & Comp Patent Law Summit, June 16, 2015.
- “Inter Partes Review in Patent Disputes," author, Corporate Disputes Magazine, July-September, 2014.
- “Cyber Security: Protecting Client Confidential Information," co-presenter, 31st Annual Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course, Texas State Bar, Houston, TX, February 20, 2014.
- “Federal Circuit Appeals From the PTAB: A New Game or Just the Same Old Practice," author, Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society, November 22, 2013.
- “IPRs and CBMs: Lessons Learned (So Far),” presenter, 51st Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, November 11-12, 2013.
- “America Invents Act: A Shift in Leverage?” presenter, 12th Annual Advanced In-House Counsel Course, Aug. 1-2, 2013.
- “Implications of the America Invents Act,” presenter, UT School of Law 26th Annual Technology Law Conference, May 23-24, 2013.
- “Federal Circuit Appeals From the PTAB: A New Game or Just the Same Old Practice?" co-author, Haynes and Boone White Paper, February 1, 2013.
- "Five Top Takeaways of the America Invents Act for Technology and Business Lawyers," speaker, UT School of Law 25th Annual Technology Law Conference, Austin, TX, May 24-25, 2012.
- "Intellectual Property Protection for the Cloud," author, Lexology, April 9, 2012.
- "Qimonda's Impact on Patent Licenses When a Licensor Goes Bankrupt in a Foreign Land," co-author, Lexology, January 9, 2012.
- "The Story Behind S.978, the Controversial Streaming Bill," quoted, Giant Bomb News, July 15, 2011.
- "PSN Hacked: What Sony's Security Breach Means for You (And What Comes Next)," quoted, Giant Bomb News, April 27, 2011.
- "Annual Review of Litigation, Chapter 3: Appellate Practice," contributor, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, April 2011.
- "Privacy: Problems and Solutions," speaker, Game::Business::Law International Summit on the Law of Business of Video Games, Dallas, TX, January 26-27, 2011.
- "Legal Issues in Digital Distribution," moderator, Game::Business:Law, International Summit on the Law and Business of Video Games, March 16, 2010.
- "Innovation Fee: Surcharge on U.S. Patent & Trademark Protection," co-author, Lexology, February 5, 2010.
- Editor of the video game law blog Lawyers in a Gamer's World (www.lawyersinagamersworld.com).
B.S., Computer Science, Michigan State University, 1996
J.D., University of Dayton, 1999
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Haynes and Boone, LLP and seven of its lawyers are recognized in Patexia’s 2021 ranking of the nation’s top firms and lawyers appearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), which specializes in hearing patent appeals. Patexia’s CAFC Intelligence Report ranks Haynes Boone as the 7th most active firm representing patent appellees in 2021 and one of the Top 25 best perfo [...]