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  • Education
    • MBA, Oxford University, Saïd Business School, 2004
    • J.D., Texas Tech University, 1987
    • B.S., Rice University, 1984
  • Court Admissions
    • Special Courts - U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
    • District of Columbia
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
As national intellectual property counsel to a number of publicly traded global corporations, Gregory V. Novak pushes the confines of the 24-hour day to provide his clients with the highest level of personal service. 

Greg has acted as lead counsel in more than 60 intellectual property-related cases, both as plaintiff’s counsel and defendant’s counsel, including advising in more than 300 various post-grant proceedings.

For Greg, post-grant proceedings provide an effective means to investigate the validity of patents and attack those without value. Greg has extensive experience advising and coordinating the strategy of teams leading post-grant proceedings before the Central Reexamination Unit (CRU) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He played a key role in the re-examinations of the patents involved in the notable infringement case NTP v. Research in Motion Limited (RIM). His team was involved with more than 2,100 claims rejected in the asserted patents resulting in the most claims ever rejected by the CRU to this date.

Greg’s clients also benefit from his business acumen. He earned an MBA from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where he as a member of the Hertford College. In 2009, he co-founded the Centre for Professional Service Firms at the school.
  • Led investigations and efforts related to counterfeit oil filters on behalf of a major manufacturer or luxury vehicles.
  • Successfully defended a major automotive producer when one of their key patents related to drive technology was challenged.
  • Undertook significant patent filings and managed strategies in advance tech areas for a major manufacturer of luxury vehicles. Maintained foreign offices in conjunction with these efforts for over a dozen years.
  • Successfully defended an automotive manufacturer in a multi-patent litigation involving telematics, including the preparation of post grant proceedings against five patents. As a result, the matter resolved for less than three percent of the demand.
  • Successfully led a joint defense group against infringement claims related to plastic moldings and tail light assemblies for two major automakers.
  • Conducted multi-year defense of claims related to microprocessor and microprocessor systems, where the opposing side had claimed over $1 billion in potential damages. No litigations were filed and no settlement amounts were paid.  
  • Served as outside general counsel and were seconded to a manufacturer of environmentally friendly automotive / automotive systems company for three years. Managed their Intellectual Property strategy and coordinated with the automotive industry’s advanced battery initiative.
  • Directed and managed as outside counsel for the in-house IP department of a leading cloud computing and services company, including strategy, procedures, managing secondments of professionals and coordination with management and engineering teams, assisting in the transition to the company's first chief IP counsel.
  • Co-directed and co-managed as outside counsel the strategy and development of a diverse IP portfolio for a significant synthetic biology company operating in the animal livestock and agribusiness industries.
  • Advised as a member of a major university's investment committee directed towards startup and early stage technology companies.
  • Co-lead, developed and managed a team in the United States and Japan responsible for IP patent filings and strategy for a global gaming equipment maker.
  • Co-lead and managed a team both in the United States and seconded to Taiwan and China responsible for the consolidation, management, training and quality control over an international patent portfolio for a leading electronics manufacturer and assembler. 
  • Co-lead and managed a multiyear secondment to a global heavy equipment manufacturer's patent department operations in Japan.