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Proprietor, Kinsella Law Group. Outside, and Former, General Counsel, Applied Optoelectronics, Inc., Houston, and partner, Duane Morris. Registered patent attorney. Twenty years’ law firm and in-house experience in patent, IP, and general commercial and corporate law. Former adjunct Professor of computer law at South Texas College of Law; author of numerous articles and books about IP law, international law and other topics. More info at


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  1. Patent Application: 34%
    23 years, 400 cases
  2. Corporate: 33%
    16 years, 100 cases
  3. Contracts: 33%
    23 years, 200 cases

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Houston, TX, 77019


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
American Jurisprudence Award (Contracts)N/A1988
LSU Alumni Federation ScholarshipLSU Alumni Federation1988
LSU Law Alumni Association ScholarshipLSU Law Alumni Association1988
Member, President LSU chapterEta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honor Society)1987
Member, President LSU chapterTau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ProprietorKinsella Law Group2012 - Present
General Counsel, VP-Intellectual Property, SecretaryApplied Optoelectronics, Inc.2000 - 2012
PartnerDuane Morris LLP1997 - 2000
AssociateSchnader Harrison LLP1994 - 1997
AssociateJackson Walker L.L.P.1992 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Houston Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember1998 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownWorld Online Business Law [Treatise Editor]2007
UnknownTrademark Practice and Forms [Treatise Editor]2007
UnknownDigest of Commercial Laws of the World [Treatise Editor]2007
Whittier Law ReviewThe Duty to Defend Advertising Injuries Caused by Junk Faxes: An Analysis of Privacy, Spam, Detection and Blackmail2006
Mises.orgThere's No Such Thing as a Free Patent2005
UnknownInternational Investment, Political Risk and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide [book]2005
UnknownOnline Contract Formation [book]2004
The Licensing JournalImpact of Patent Licensing on Patent Litigation and Patent Office Proceedings2003
Business Ethics QuarterlyThe Second Paradox of Blackmail2000
The Legal Intelligencer [Philadelphia]Under Pfaff, Ready ... Patent ... File: Redefining On-Sale Bar, Creation of ‘Ready For Patenting’ Test1999
Quarterly Journal of Austrian EconomicsKnowledge, Calculation, Conflict, and Law: Review of Randy E. Barnett, The Structure of Liberty1999
11th Annual Oil & Gas Law Institute, South Texas College of LawIntellectual Property as Assets in the Oil & Gas Industry: What Are Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets, and How Do You Protect Them?1998
The Legal Intelligencer [Philadelphia]A New Traffic Cop at Intersection of Patents and Financial Inventions1998
The Legal Intelligencer [Philadelphia]How to Operate Within the Law: Patents on Medical Procedures1998
Hastings Constutional Law QuarterlyTaking the Ninth Amendment Seriously: A Review of Calvin R. Massey’s Silent Rights: The Ninth Amendment and the Constitution’s Unenumerated Rights1997
The Legal Intelligencer [Philadelphia]Wither Copyright Law? A Roadmap to Recent Changes in Copyright Law1997
Pennsylvania LawyerLaw and the Internet: Preserving Your Domain [name]1997
Philadelphia LawyerAn International Framework for the Protection of Investment1997
Oceana PublicationsProtecting Foreign Investment Under International Law: Legal Aspects of Political Risk [book]1997
Journal of Libertarian StudiesLegislation and the Discovery of Law in a Free Society1995
Louisiana Law ReviewA Civil Law to Common Law Dictionary1994
New York Law School Journal of International and Comparative LawReducing Political Risk in Developing Countries: Bilateral Investment Treaties, Stabilization Clauses, and MIGA & OPIC Investment Insurance1994
Russian Oil & Gas GuideProtection of Industrial Property: Russian Patent & Intellectual Property Law1994
Louisiana Law ReviewSmashing the Broken Mirror: The Battle of the Forms, UCC 2-207, and Louisiana’s Improvements1993
Currents: International Trade Law JournalPolitical Risk and Petroleum Investment in Russia1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
King's College London, Dickson Poon School of LawInternational Business LawLL.M - Master of Laws1992
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Louisiana State University, Baton RougeN/AM.S.E.E.1990
Louisiana State University, Baton RougeN/AB.S.E.E.1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Understanding the IP LicenseEthics Issues in Licensing2003
The President’s Forum of HoustonRecognizing and Protecting Your Assets2000
11th Annual Oil & Gas Law InstituteIntellectual Property as Assets in the Oil & Gas Industry: What Are Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets, and How Do You Protect Them?1998