Education and Honors

  • J.D. (magna cum laude), University of Houston Law Center, 2009
    Articles Editor, Houston Law Review
    Order of the Coif
    Order of the Barons
  • B.S., mechanical engineering, The University of Texas, 2006
    Pi Tau Sigma

Admissions and Affiliations

State Bar of Texas

United States Patent and Trademark Office

United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center

Houston Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Houston Intellectual Property Law Association

American Bar Association

Houston Bar Association

Houston Young Lawyers Association

Natalie Alfaro

Associate

One Shell Plaza
910 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002-4995
United States
Phone:
+1.713.229.1318
Fax:
+1.713.229.7718

Concentration

Intellectual property litigation; patent prosecution; IP transactions, counseling and licensing

Summary

Natalie Alfaro practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and licensing. Ms. Alfaro works primarily on patent litigation matters involving a variety of technologies, including mechanical and electrical devices and computer systems. Ms. Alfaro practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preparing and prosecuting patent applications and reexamination requests involving an equally wide array of technologies. In addition, Ms. Alfaro advises clients on IP-related aspects of corporate transactions and license agreements.

Following graduation from law school, Ms. Alfaro served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leonard E. Davis of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Ms. Alfaro co-teaches the Procedure of Patent Litigation course as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. Ms. Alfaro also serves as an Associate Editor for patstats.org, a site providing patent litigation statistics on recent patent law decisions at www.patstats.org.

Representative Engagements 

  • Art+Com Innovationpool GmbH v. Google Inc. (District of Delaware) - Representing Art+Com in a patent case generally involving the methodology for displaying a pictorial representation of space related objects (e.g., the methodology of Google Earth)
  • Sprint v. Cable One, Inc. (District of Kansas) - Defending Cable One in a patent case related to ATM switching and communication technologies
  • Bear Creek v. Mediacom (District of Delaware) - Defending Mediacom in a patent case concerning VoIP technologies
  • Createads v. Mediacom (District of Delaware) - Defending Mediacom in a patent case relating to website services technologies
  • GlobeTecTrust v. Mediacom (District of Delaware) - Defending Mediacom in a patent case concerning optical and cable communication systems
  • GlobeTecTrust v. Suddenlink (District of Delaware) - Defended Suddenlink in a patent case concerning optical and cable communication systems
  • GlobeTecTrust v. RCN (District of Delaware) - Defended RCN in a patent case concerning optical and cable communication systems
  • GlobeTecTrust v. Knology (District of Delaware) - Defended Knology in a patent case concerning optical and cable communication systems
  • GlobeTecTrust v. Atlantic Broadband (District of Delaware) - Defended Atlantic Broadband in a patent case concerning optical and cable communication systems
  • GlobeTecTrust v. Cable One (District of Delaware) - Defended Cable One in a patent case concerning optical and cable communication systems
  • EIG, Inc. v. Tudor Pickering (Southern District of Texas) - Defended Tudor Pickering in a copyright infringement case involving industry-wide energy publications
  • RecruitMe, LLC v. InfoStream Group Inc. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended InfoStream in a patent case related to online database technology
  • Net Navigation Systems, LLC v. Huawei (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Huawei in a patent case related to network routing systems
  • SimpleAir, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, et al. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Huawei in a patent case related to data transmission systems
  • Keranos, LLC v. Analog Devices, Inc. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Toshiba in a patent case related to flash memory technology
  • C-Cation Technologies v. Comcast Corporation, et al. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Cable One and Suddenlink in a patent case related to high-speed data systems
  • TQP Development, LLC v. Cable One, Inc. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Cable One in a patent case related to encryption technologies
  • Pragmatus Telecom LLC v. Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. et al. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Wisteria in a patent case related to automated call distribution centers
  • EMG Technology, LLC v. Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. et al. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended TD Ameritrade in a patent case related to mobile device technologies
  • TQP Development, LLC v. TD Ameritrade (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended TD Ameritrade in a patent case related to encryption technologies
  • Convolve v. Dell, Inc. et al. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Dell in a patent case related to vibration reduction in computer hard drives
  • Preparation and prosecution of patents for a number of clients, including Halliburton Energy Services and Dril-Quip.

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • Speaker, Commercial Prior Art for Software Patents, State Bar of Texas Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, Austin, Texas, February 2013
  • “Commercial Prior Art for Software Patents: When Claimed Methods Are ‘On Sale’,” Landslide, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2012 (Michael Hawes, co-author)
  • “Eastern District of Texas at Forefront of Settlement Agreement Admissibility and Discoverability Issue,” Lexology, January 30, 2011
  • “Barring Validity Challenges Through No-Challenge Clauses and Consent Judgments: MedImmune’s Revival of the Lear Progeny,” Houston Law Review, 2008