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Jeffrey G. Mote is a patent attorney and litigator with a wide-ranging intellectual property litigation and counseling practice. Jeff’s practice focuses on the protection, enforcement, and defense of intellectual property rights. He has litigated patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and trade secret cases throughout the United States and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a broad range of clients. He also represents clients in intellectual property transactions, including those involving mergers and acquisitions, licensing, and intellectual property portfolio management. Jeff clerked for the Honorable Harlington Wood, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and has wide-ranging appellate experience.

Jeff’s patent litigation experience involves a broad array of technologies and industries. He has worked on matters related to plastic injection molding methods and machinery, consumer electronics, digital video and audio signal processing, data encryption, programmable CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinery, navigational avionics and control systems, mechanical devices, wireless communication systems, eCommerce business methods, medical devices, and software such as network servers and web page generation. He has a wide-ranging trademark anti-counterfeiting practice, including the representation of several major multinational brand owners from a variety of industries, such as food and beverage, consumer products, financial services, and footwear/apparel. His anti-counterfeiting experience includes coordinating counterfeiting investigations with local and federal law enforcement offices, and obtaining expedited relief for his clients, such as temporary restraining orders, ex parte seizures, and preliminary injunctions.

Jeff manages, oversees, and polices the intellectual property portfolios for several large, middle market and startup entities. He has broad experience negotiating and preparing intellectual property and technology license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and employee non-compete covenants. Jeff advises clients concerning the acquisition and sale of intellectual property rights, and is experienced at conducting intellectual property due diligence investigations and advising clients on intellectual property issues involved in mergers and acquisitions, technology transfers, and other business transactions.

Jeff is a member of Greenberg Traurig's eDiscovery & eRetention Practice and he frequently counsels clients on implementing litigation holds, complying with ESI discovery obligations, and creating document retention policies.


  • Patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, and copyright litigation
  • TTAB oppositions and cancelation proceedings and anti-counterfeiting investigations
  • General IP counseling, due diligence investigations and audits, patentability, infringement and invalidity opinions
  • Trademark and copyright prosecution
  • IP licensing, non-disclosure agreements, product endorsement agreements, distribution agreements, employer invention ownership agreements, and employee non-compete covenants
  • eDiscovery and eRetention, litigation preparedness, and document retention policies


Esperienze Professionali - Attività Accademiche

  • Represented a Fortune 50 world leader in the manufacture of consumer electronics in the defense of a patent infringement suit by a patent troll relating to television blocking technology, resulting in summary judgment of non-infringement.
  • Defended one of the largest online investment companies in the defense of a patent infringement suit relating to web server technology, resulting in a favorable settlement after positive claims construction ruling.
  • Defended of one of the world's leading suppliers of telephones and answering machines in the defense of a patent infringement suit, resulting in a favorable settlement without trial after obtaining summary judgment of invalidity (indefiniteness) of several asserted claims of the patents-in-suit.
  • Represented a major tobacco company in numerous counterfeit investigations in the Chicago-area, resulting in the filing of more than 40 civil suits in the Northern District of Illinois involving the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit Newport® cigarettes. Coordinated and conducted numerous ex parte seizures with the U.S. Marshals Service, including the seizure of more than $2.5 million in counterfeit cigarettes from a Chicago-area warehouse.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order for one of the largest golf equipment manufacturers in the world against a wholesale distributor that was selling counterfeit Titleist® golf balls.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and then permanent injunction for a leading retailer in a trade dress and copyright infringement action against a major retail competitor that was distributing "knock-offs" of Sears' Craftsman® Laser Trac® laser levels.
  • Defended a major sports-flooring manufacturer in arbitration matter involving breach of contract claims relating to a complex asset purchase agreement and associated patent and trademark licenses, resulting in dismissal of all claims against the client by the arbitrator.
  • Prepared an appeal on behalf of a recreational-goods manufacturer resulting in the federal circuit's clarification of several novel claim interpretation issues.
  • Defended a Fortune 50 aviation and defense industry company in patent infringement suit involving automated, CNC machine control technology by "patent troll" firm, resulting in client dismissal for nominal settlement.
  • Defended a major multi-channel industrial product distributor in software patent infringement suit, resulting in plaintiff's voluntary dismissal at no cost to client.
  • Represent a major electronics manufacturer in policing and enforcing its patent and trademark portfolio, including the enforcement of numerous patents involving remote-control technology.
  • Defended a world famous entertainment and theme park company in trademark and copyright infringement action, resulting in summary judgment in favor of client on all of plaintiff's claims as well as client's counterclaims.
  • Prepared numerous IP-related agreements, including licenses, assignments, non-disclosure agreements, employer invention ownership agreements, employee non-compete covenants, product endorsement agreements, and distribution agreements.
  • Conducted IP due diligence investigations and audits for private equity clients in connection with the purchase of several Internet retailers.
  • Manage the intellectual property portfolios for a diverse group of companies, ranging from a water park resort developer to a plastic container manufacturer.

°Some of the above representations were handled by Mr. Mote prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • United States Navy, Officer/Naval Aviator, 1987-1994
    • F/A-18 Hornet combat fighter pilot (veteran of Gulf War I)
    • Flight Instructor, Navy Advanced Jet Training Program

Riconoscimenti e Premi

  • Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2015-2022
  • Member, Author, Lecturer, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Member, Author, Lecturer, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Section
    • Litigation Section
    • Business Section
  • Coach for youth sports, including numerous soccer, basketball and baseball teams
  • Fundraiser, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Volunteers of America of Illinois


  • Laurea magistrale in Giurisprudenza, magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law
  • B.S., Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • College of Mechanical-Industrial Engineering
Tirocinio presso una Corte
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office