• Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • University of Texas School of Law, JD, with honors
  • The University of Texas at Austin, BS, with honors
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Keith A. Rutherford


Houston, TX v. +1.713.632.8636 f. +1.713.228.6605


Keith Rutherford concentrates his intellectual property practice on patent litigation, IP strategy, pre-litigation conflict resolution, licensing/deal negotiations, analysis of patent portfolios both for offensive and defensive purposes, opinion work, and prosecution management.

Mr. Rutherford brings years of outside law firm experience coupled with his extensive in-house legal experience to bear on solving clients’ problems. He has handled cases where the alleged sales base at risk exceeded a billion dollars, and explores cost-effective alternatives and early resolution of disputes for clients without the need for litigation.

He has negotiated numerous patent licenses and other IP-related agreements, as well as managed analyses of patent portfolios ranging from small to those containing thousands of patents. He works in a number of technology areas, with particular emphasis in the electronics, computing, software, Internet, telecommunications, high technology, VoIP, and oilfield industries.


  • 2018, Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Houston, by Best Lawyers®
  • 2008–2018, Litigation – Patent, and Intellectual Property; Patent Law; Copyright Law; and Trademark Law, listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2017, IAM Patent 1000
  • 2009–2017, “Super Lawyer” in Intellectual Property Litigation, by Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2016, Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Houston, by Best Lawyers®
  • 2013, “Top Rated Lawyer” in IP Law, by ALM
  • AV-Preeminent, by Martindale-Hubbell
  • “Best Lawyer in America” for Intellectual Property, by IP Law and Business Magazine

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