Shane Nelson is a partner in the Houston, Texas office of Park, Vaughan, Fleming, & Dowler LLP, located at 5847 San Felipe, Suite 1700, Houston, Texas 77057. Former to joining Park, Vaughan, Fleming, & Dowler, Mr. Nelson was an attorney at Howrey LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP, where his practice focused on intellectual property and business litigation.
Mr. Nelson served as a law clerk for the Honorable T. John Ward in the Eastern District of Texas from 2009-2010, in which he was actively involved in a wide variety of cases, with a special emphasis in patent litigation. As a former law clerk in one of the most important and busiest venues in patent litigation, Mr. Nelson is able to provide clients with unique insight and valuable courtroom experience in all aspects of the litigation process.
Mr. Nelson is a registered U.S. patent attorney whose practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, enforcement, prosecution, licensing, agreements, and client-counseling in a wide range of industries and technologies, including energy, chemical, oil & gas, subsea, medical devices, and computer software and hardware. Mr. Nelson also routinely serves as a Technical Advisor to federal district judges on patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas.
Mr. Nelson has practiced in federal courts all across the United States, and his litigation experience involves all aspects of litigation from pre-litigation analysis and negotiation through jury trial, including managing discovery and disputes, taking and defending depositions, selecting and preparing fact and expert witnesses, preparing and arguing dispositive and non-dispositive motions, preparing and arguing claim construction positions and briefing, and developing case strategies regarding the infringement, validity, and enforceability of patents.
Mr. Nelson’s practice also includes providing advice to clients on their intellectual property portfolios and competitive landscape and other transactional matters, including patent and trademark prosecution, reexamination, inter partes review, licensing, acquisition, due diligence, clearance, freedom to operate opinions, patent infringement/validity/enforceability opinions, audits, and a variety of intellectual property and technology contracts and agreements.
Mr. Nelson has been recognized by his peers as one of the best attorneys in Texas, having been named a “Texas Rising Star” in 2012, 2013, and 2014 in Intellectual Property.
• J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, honors
• M.E., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University
• B.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, summa cum laude
• Parallel Networks, LLC v Kontiki, Inc. (C.A. 1:13-cv-914; D. Del.)
• Wisconsin Technology Venture Group, LLC v FatWallet, Inc. (C.A. 3:12-cv-326; W.D. Wisc.)
• Synthes USA, LLC., et al. v. Globus Medical, Inc. (C.A. 1:11-cv-652; D. Del.)
• NuVasive, Inc. v. Globus Medical, Inc. (C.A. 1:10-cv-849; D. Del.)
• N Spine, Inc., et al. v. Globus Medical, Inc. (C.A. 1:10-cv-300; D. Del.)
• Exmark Manufacturing Co. v. Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC, et al. (C.A. 8:10-cv-187; D. Neb.)
• Smith & Nephew, Inc. v. Interlace Medical, Inc. (C.A. 1:10-cv-10951; D. Mass.)
• Weatherford International, Inc. and Weatherford/Lamb, Inc. v. Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. and General Plastics & Composites, L.P. (C.A. 2:09-cv-261; E.D. Tex.)
• Hyperion Solutions Corp. v. OutlookSoft Corp. (C.A. 2:04-CV-436; E.D. Tex.)
• Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. v. M-I, LLC (C.A. 6:05-CV-155; E.D. Tex.)
• Quest Software, Inc. v. BBS Technologies, Inc. (C.A. 2:07-CV-485; E.D. Tex.)
• Research In Motion Ltd., et al v. DataQuill BVI, Ltd. (C.A. 3:06-CV-00973; N.D. Tex.)
• Guardian Media Technologies, Ltd. v. LG Electronics, Inc., et al. (C.A. 2:07-CV-00692; C.D. Cal.)
Speeches and Publications
• Panelist, “Trying the Patent Case in Six Hours,” Advanced Patent Litigation – TexasBar CLE, San Antonio, TX, July 14-15, 2011
• You’ve Just Been Sued For Patent Infringement – The Top 10 Things To Do Now!, Intellectual Property Today (March 2008), co-authored with Michael S. Dowler
• Steps to Defend an Infringement Suit, Texas Lawyer – Executive Legal Advisor (November 26, 2007), co-authored with Michael S. Dowler
• Effective Patent Strategy Requires Thorough Review of Portfolios, Texas Lawyer (April 25, 2007), co-authored with Michael S. Dowler
• Are you (or your boss) Personally Liable for Patent Infringement?, Intellectual Property Today (April 2007), co-authored with Michael S. Dowler
• Are you (or your boss) Personally Liable for Patent Infringement?, IPLaw360 and CompetitionLaw360 (February 5, 2007), co-authored with Michael S. Dowler