Natalie Alfaro Gonzales

Partner

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Houston

P: +1.713.229.1318 F: +1.713.229.7718
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Natalie Alfaro Gonzales practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent and trade secret litigation, patent prosecution, and IP and technology transactions. Ms. Gonzales works on patent litigation matters involving a variety of technologies, including mechanical and electrical devices and computer systems. Her litigation experience also includes copyright infringement and Lanham Act actions. Ms. Gonzales practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preparing and prosecuting patent applications involving an equally wide array of technologies. Ms. Gonzales advises clients on the IP-related aspects of corporate and technology transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, joint development arrangements, licensing, contracting and employment arrangements. Ms. Gonzales assists clients in crafting and negotiating agreements relating to IP ownership, IP transfers, confidentiality, software development and other commercial arrangements, including MSAs and SaaS agreements.

Natalie co-leads the firm’s Houston partnerships with accelerator networks Station Houston and The Ion, and has experience helping emerging companies with their IP and transactional legal needs.

Following graduation from law school, Ms. Gonzales served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leonard E. Davis of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Ms. Gonzales now serves on the Advisory Board for the Women Lawyers of the Eastern District of Texas.

Ms. Gonzales co-teaches the Procedure of Patent Litigation course as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. Ms. Gonzales also serves on the Steering Committee for the Texas Minority Counsel Program, the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, and serves as a Deputy to the Regional President for the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Related Experience

Litigation

  • Art+Com Innovationpool GmbH v. Google Inc. (District of Delaware) - Represented Art+Com in a patent case generally involving the methodology for displaying a pictorial representation of space related objects
  • Bear Creek v. Mediacom (District of Delaware) - Defended Mediacom in a patent case concerning VoIP technologies
  • Berman v. DIRECTV, LLC and AT&T Services, Inc. (Northern District of Texas) – Defended AT&T and DIRECTV in a patent case involving overlay technologies
  • 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
  • Convolve v. Dell, Inc. et al. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Dell in a patent case related to vibration reduction in computer hard drives
  • Createads v. Mediacom (District of Delaware) - Defended Mediacom in a patent case relating to website services technologies
  • EIG, Inc. v. Tudor Pickering (Southern District of Texas) - Defended Tudor Pickering in a copyright infringement case involving industry-wide energy publications
  • Elbit Systems Land and C41 Ltd. V. Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Eastern District of Texas) – Defending Hughes in a patent case involving satellite communications technologies
  • 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
  • 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
  • GlobeTecTrust v. Knology (District of Delaware) - Defended Knology in a patent case concerning optical and cable communication systems
  • GlobeTecTrust v. Mediacom (District of Delaware) - Defended Mediacom 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. Suddenlink (District of Delaware) - Defended Suddenlink in a patent case concerning optical and cable communication systems
  • Keranos, LLC v. Analog Devices, Inc. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Toshiba in a patent case related to flash memory technology
  • Net Navigation Systems, LLC v. Huawei (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Huawei in a patent case related to network routing systems
  • 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
  • RecruitMe, LLC v. InfoStream Group Inc. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended InfoStream in a patent case related to online database technology
  • SimpleAir, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, et al. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Huawei in a patent case related to data transmission systems
  • Solocron Education, LLC v. SumTotal Systems LLC and Skillsoft Corporation (Eastern District of Texas) – Defended Skillsoft and Sumtotal in a patent case involving learning management systems
  • Sprint v. Cable One, Inc. (District of Kansas) - Defended Cable One in a patent case related to ATM switching and communication technologies
  • TQP Development, LLC v. Cable One, Inc. (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended Cable One in a patent case related to encryption technologies
  • TQP Development, LLC v. TD Ameritrade (Eastern District of Texas) - Defended TD Ameritrade in a patent case related to encryption technologies
  • Transformer Protector Corporation v. William Kendrick and Sentry DS, Inc. (Southern District of Texas, Harris County Court) – Representing Transformer Protector in a false advertising and breach of contract action brought against defendants William Kendrick and Sentry DS, Inc.

Prosecution, Counseling, and Transactional

  • Represented and counseled numerous companies in the energy and medical industries in connection with their intellectual property assets and various corporate transactions (IPOs, joint ventures, acquisitions, etc.)
  • Preparation and prosecution of patents for a number of clients, including major oil field services companies

Awards & Community

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2018-2020

Recognized as a Venture Capital 40 Rising Stars Under 40 (Venture Capital Journal), 2020

Recognized as a Managing IP Rising Star, 2020

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Thought Leadership

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Trade Secret Update

Speeches & Presentations

Houston Intellectual Property Law Association's Annual Institute

New Developments in IP Damages

Speeches & Presentations

Co-Presenter, Texas Society of CPAs' Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services Committee Annual Conference

Events

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The Houston Innovation Ecosystem

Baker Botts is proud to sponsor the ChIPs Texas lunch and networking event titled "The Houston Innovation Ecosystem" on Friday, April 5th. 

Kayo Women's Virtual Energy Summit

Baker Botts is a proud supporter of the 2020 Kayo Women's Virtual Energy Summit September 8-11.