Liz Flannery

Sector Chair - Energy IP (Firmwide) & Department Chair - Intellectual Property (Houston) Partner

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Today's energy companies are fueled by technology. To protect their investments and manage risk inherent in those technologies, they need advisors who understand the energy industry’s unique challenges. As an intellectual property lawyer, co-chair of the firm's Energy IP Practice Group, and life-long Houstonian, Liz Flannery knows how to identify and protect energy companies’ most critical intellectual property (IP) interests.

Global energy companies rely on Liz's experience to help solve intellectual property problems fundamental to their businesses. Liz has successfully tried cases for major oilfield services and equipment companies both in asserting their IP rights and defending them from allegations of infringement. Even more critically, Liz often helps energy companies avoid IP disputes before they start by developing strategies to ensure freedom to operate, avoid IP infringement, license IP, and manage risk. While important to larger companies, this skill-set can make or break mid-size and smaller energy companies’ that develop valuable innovations. Liz's common-sense strategies protect the IP interests that are critical to their success.

A seasoned litigator, Liz has tried numerous complex patent and trade secret cases in the energy industry, as well as cases involving life sciences, consumer goods, and computer technologies in courts and agencies across the country. Regardless of the industry, Liz's passion for complex IP shines through in how she manages teams to teach IP issues and technology to judges, juries, and clients. Liz enjoys translating that trial experience to educate companies about how to protect their IP and avoid IP liability and risk. Liz also is proud to lead the firm's IP group in Houston as Department Chair, and enjoys coordinating the work of her partners and mentoring talented associates in one of Houston's preeminent IP practices.