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Ira R. Hatton has practiced intellectual property since 1997. He has wide-ranging experience handling a broad range of intellectual property rights matters, including patent litigation, trade secret litigation, opinions and counseling clients in all aspects of acquisition, enforcement and licensing of intellectual property rights including patents, copyrights and trademarks. Patent litigation has been a focal point of his practice.

Over the course of his career and practice, Ira has acquired experience across a wide range of technologies, including semiconductor memory devices (e.g., DRAMS, Flash Memory), software and business methods, medical devices, local and global positioning systems, analog and digital circuits, automotive systems and suspensions, optical discs and drives, and various electrical and mechanical devices.

Ira’s responsibilities include managing the day-to-day aspects of patent litigation, including those relative to computer memory, computer software, integrated circuit design and Internet services. He has been responsible for validity, infringement and inequitable conduct analyses, and has prepared for Markman hearings in areas including flash memory, computer and Internet software, positioning systems, automobile related systems, medical devices, and optical discs drives. He has also helped assert patent rights and defend against infringement allegations brought before the International Trade Commission (Section 337), a section of the ITC that dedicates itself to Section 337 proceedings before an Administrative Law Judge. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ira served as a Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as a law clerk for the Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII), Section 337.


  • Intellectual property development, acquisition, litigation, transactions, protection, enforcement and counseling
  • Software
  • Computers and computer hardware components
  • Medical devices



  • RLIS, Inc. v. Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., Southern District of Texas
  • Integrated Claims Systems, LLC v. Care N’ Care Insurance Company, Inc. and Molina Healthcare of Texas, Inc., Eastern District of Texas
  • T-Rex Property, AB v. RMG Networks Holding Corporation, Northern District of Texas
  • Nazomi Communications, Inc. v. Samsung Telecommunications, Inc., Northern District of California
  • Certain Electronic Imaging Devices, United States International Trade Commission, Inv. No. 337-TA-726 (rep. LG Electronics, Inc.; LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. & LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A. Inc.
  • Express Card Systems, LLC v. Café Press Inc., Eastern District of Texas
  • Certain Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits and Devices Containing Same, United States International Trade Commission, Inv. No. 337-TA-848 (rep. Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation)
  • Lexar Media Inc. v. Toshiba Corporation, et al., Superior Court
  • Better Bags, Inc. v. Illinois Tool Works, Inc., et al., Southern District of Texas
  • Eolas Technologies, Inc. v. Adobe Systems, Inc., et al., Eastern District of Texas
  • New Image Global v. National Tobacco Company, L.P., Central District of California
  • Network Signatures, Inc. v. PetSmart, Inc., Central District of California
  • Nazomi Communications Inc. v. Nokia Corporation, et al., Central District of California
  • Aspex Eyewear Inc. v. Altair Eyewear, Southern District of New York
  • Fotomedia Technologies, LLC v. American Greetings, Corp et al., Eastern District of Texas°
  • Arrivalstar SA, et al. v. Canadian National Railway Company et al., Northern District of Illinois°
  • The Boler Company v. Arvinmeritor Inc., Northern District of Illinois°
  • Superbag Operating, Ltd v. Inteplast Group, Ltd et al., Southern District of Texas°
  • The Boler Company v. Raydan Manufacturing Inc., et al., Northern District of Illinois°
  • ArvinMeritor Technology, L.L.C. v. Inalfa Roof Systems, Inc., Eastern District of Michigan°
  • Sun Chemical Corporation v. Markem Corporation, District of New Hampshire°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Hatton prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Managing Attorney for the Electrical Arts Group, Kramer & Associates, P.C.
  • Attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Recognition & Leadership

  • Selected, The National Black Lawyers (NBL), "Top 100 in Texas," 2022
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Lawyers Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation


  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1999
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1994
  • B.S., General Science, Morehouse College, 1995
  • Law Clerk, U.S. International Trade Commission, Section 337, Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII)
  • Maryland
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas