Mr. McCombs is the firm-wide chair of the Technology Practice Group of Haynes and Boone and a member of the firm's board of directors. He has a physics degree and represents clients globally in diverse technologies that include electronics, semiconductors, software, telecommunications, medical devices, and energy equipment.
Mr. McCombs helps lawyers inside technology companies facing high-risk and often time-sensitive IP issues, both in the litigation and business context. He works with them to develop and execute intellectual property best practices designed to both maximize value and manage exposure to patent risk, and avoid litigation.
Prior to joining Haynes and Boone in 1989, he served as in-house patent counsel for a diversified technology company located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, with a long history of developing breakthrough chemical/material science, diagnostic, robotics, and motion management technologies.
Mr. McCombs is AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Mr. McCombs is active in many continuing legal education organizations, and regularly writes and speaks on a variety of topics related to patent law and intellectual property litigation. He is the co-author of Intellectual Property Law," published annually by The SMU Law Review (2010-present). He serves on the conference planning committee and faculty for the Annual Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute, jointly sponsored by the Stanford Program in Law, Science, & Technology, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at Boalt Hall, and the University of Texas School of Law (2001-present). He also serves on the conference planning committee and faculty for the Advanced Patent Law Institute at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, jointly sponsored with the University of Texas School of Law, George Mason School of Law, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (2006-present). He also serves as the Chair of the Institute for Law and Technology of the Center for American and International Law (2007-present).
EducationJ.D. University of Miami, 1984
B.S. Physics, Denison University, 1981
Significant AccomplishmentsLead counsel in numerous inter partes reviews before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Officeâ€™s Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
World's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry - representations in federal and state court proceedings, transactions, and patent procurement related to semiconductor devices and processing technologies
Leading U.S. silicon innovation manufacturer - multiple inter partes patent reexaminations involving concurrent litigation.
Leading U.S. open source software developer - numerous representations in patent disputes, transactions, portfolio development, patent procurement, and reform policy.
Telephone equipment manufacturer - defense of patent infringement action involving SS7 network for mobile phones.
Global oil field service company - numerous representations in patent and trade secret disputes and licensing transactions.
Telecommunications service provider - enforcement of patents covering the electronic processing of call detail records against major long distance providers, several RBOCs, and other service providers
Leading medical device company - representations in defense of actions for patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets; patent prosecution; and patent licensing.
Counsel to Department of Justice in the matter of Summit Technology, Inc. and VISX, Inc. involving dissolution of patent pooling arrangement for patents on LASIK eye surgery.
Neutral Arbitration of dispute between major airline and information technology service provider
Mediator in patent litigation between oil field tool manufacturers.
Expert: Spectradyne, Inc. v. On Command Video Corporation and COMSAT Corporation (N.D. California 1994); RAS Holding Corp v. OrbTek, Inc. and Bausch & Lomb, Inc. (N.D. Texas 2003); Wicks v. Railrunner Systems, Inc. (American Arbitration Association, Commercial Arbitration Rules, 2004); Good Sportsman Marketing, LLC v. Testa Associates, LLC, EBSCO Industries, Inc., and Moultrie Products, Inc. (E.D. Texas, 2006)
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