Kurt Pankratz is a first chair trial lawyer who focuses his practice on patent and trade secret issues. Clients rely on Kurt's extensive experience to assist with intellectual property disputes, from pre-litigation investigations and negotiations through all phases of trial. He has handled many dozens of cases around the country and has obtained jury verdicts for both plaintiffs and defendants. Clients describe Kurt as a “consummate professional” (IAM Patent 1000, 2017), and they appreciate that he “handles himself very well on his feet in court and has the ability to explain intricate details to a lay person” (Chambers USA, 2018). Kurt currently serves as the Chair for the Dallas Intellectual Property Department.
While Kurt is no stranger to the courthouse, he is also adept at assisting with disputes before they turn into lawsuits and has helped many clients handle complex business transactions involving intellectual property. Kurt also helps strategically craft and implement intellectual property protection programs for companies ranging in size from small start-ups to multinational corporations.
Kurt understands clients. Before attending law school, he worked as a computer engineer designing and implementing secure networked systems in connection with several classified government projects.
In addition to his current service as Department Chair for Dallas IP, Kurt previously served as the hiring partner for the Dallas office of Baker Botts.