Gordon T. Arnold - Arnold, Knobloch & Saunders, L.L.P.

Gordon T. Arnold

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

Gordon Arnold is the managing partner at Arnold, Knobloch & Saunders, assisting clients develop intellectual property and commercialization strategy.  For over 20 years, he has represented a variety of enterprises in many industries.  He has counseled clients in litigation, both in the United States and internationally, on valuation and enhancement of IP portfolios, as well as on avoiding infringement.  Mr. Arnold has been the lead attorney in many cases, both for plaintiffs and defendants.  


BSEE, 1984, University of Texas

Austin, Texas

JD, 1988, University of Houston Law Center

Houston, Texas

Professional Leadership Positions:

Fellow – American Intellectual Property Law Association

Fellow – American Bar Foundation, Nomination and Election 2008

Fellow – Texas Bar Foundation, Nomination and Election 2005

Founding Master of the Houston Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Listed in Best Lawyers, 2012-2015

Listed in Super Lawyers, 2006-2014

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

Avvo Rated – Superb


American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section:

                Chair, 2008-2009

Chair-Elect, 2007-2008

                Vice-Chair, 2006-2007

                Secretary 2004-2006

                Council Member 2001-2004

                Chair, Committee 108, Subcommittee C, Bona fied Purchaser Defense, 2001-2002

                Co-Chair, 2000 Annual Meeting CLE Program

                Co-Chair, 1999 Spring CLE Program

                Chair, Committee 108, Patent System Policy, 1996-1999

                Chair, Committee 104, Patent Contracts Other Than Government, 1994-1995

                Chair, Committee 101, Subcommittee A, Patent Term Length, 1994-1995

                Chair, Annual Meeting Program Planning, 1992-1993 (Co-chair, 1995-1996)

                Member, Nominating Committee, 1993-1994

American Intellectual Property Law Association:

                Public Appointments Committee, 2014

Amicus Committee, 2009-2011

Board of Directors, 2006-2009

                Chair Patent Law Committee, 2004-2006

                Vice-Chair, Patent Law Committee, 2002-2004

                Member, Nominating Committee 2003-2004

                2004 Mid-Winter Institute Planning Committee

Houston Intellectual Property Law Association:

                President, 2005-2006

                President-Elect, 2004-2005

                Delegate to State Bar of Texas Resolutions Committee, 2004

                Delegate to National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations, 2003

                Secretary, 1993-1994; 2001-2002

                Amicus Committee, 1996-1997; 1999-2000

                Member of the Board, 1997-1998

                Chair Finance and Audit Committee, 1997-1998

 Houston Bar Association:

                Co-Chair of CLE Committee, 2004-2005

                CLE Committee, 1999-2003

                Law and Arts Committee, 1999-2000

 Publications & Speeches:

Extraterritoriality in a Post-Transocean World, State Bar of Texas 10th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation Course, 2014

Unseen Risk in International Transactions, Lawyer Monthly Magazine IP Global Expert Guide, 2014

New Supreme Court message: Be an owl, not an ostrich, BIC Alliance Magazine, August 2011

Patents: First to Invent vs. First to File, BIC Alliance Magazine, June 2011

Selling or Expanding Overseas, Avoiding Risk, BIC Alliance Magazine, March 2011

Intellectual Property Types and Uses, BIC Alliance Magazine, February 2011

Increasing Value with Intellectual Property, BIC Alliance Magazine, January 2011

Reducing Risk, Increasing Value with Intellectual Property, BIC Alliance Magazine, December 2010

Intellectual Property Law, Houston Law Alumni Association’s Day in the Life, Houston, 2008     

E&P Acquisitions: Finding Opportunity and Avoiding Hidden Risks, E&P Magazine, December 2008

Trade Secret Review, American Intellectual Property Law Association 2006 Annual Meeting.

Patent Licensing, IP Licensing Nuts & Bolts, Lighthouse Seminars Group, Houston, 2005

Look at Noncompete Agreements with Risk Management Lens, Houston Business Journal, Houston, November 2004

Misuse and Antitrust in Intellectual Property Licenses, Advanced Licensing Transactions, Legal and Business Issues (Co-Chair), Law Seminars International, Houston, Atlanta, 2004.

When Do Damages Come to the Fore?, American Intellectual Property Law Association 2003 Fall Meeting.

Negotiating Technology Outsourcing, Law Seminars International, Seattle, 2003.

Intellectual Property Practically Speaking, Texas Public Relations Association’s 2003 Annual Conference, Houston, 2003

Update on the Law of Patents, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Mid-Winter Institute, Marco Island, 2003

When Do You Need An Opinion on a Patent?, Law Education Institute, Snowmass, 2003

Valuation of Intellectual Capital and Intellectual Property in Tough Times, Texas Technology Conference, Houston, 2002.

What Every Business Person Should Know About Intellectual Property, AIChe 2002 Spring National Meeting, New Orleans, 2002.

How to Structure Corporate IP Operations, American Intellectual Property Law Association, 25th Mid-Winter Institute, Phoenix, 2002.

When Does the Specification Limit the Scope of the Claims?, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Annual Meeting, Arlington, 2001.

Written Description and Enablement – Claim Interpretation, Priority, and Invalidity Under 35. U.S.C. § 112, American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, Summer IPL Conference, Seattle, 2001.

Selling Non Obviousness in the Courtroom – Marshaling the Evidence, State Bar of Texas IP Section, Intellectual Property Law 2001, Dallas, 2001.

Can Activities In Mexico Cause Liability In The US For Patent Infringement?, Texas-Mexico Bar Association, Seventh Annual Conference, Chihuahua, Mexico, 2000.

E-Commerce and Business Methods -- What Type of Evidence Must a Challenger Use?, Practicing Law Institute, Patent Litigation 2000, New York City, 2000.

Inequitable Conduct, Laches and Other Non-statutory Defenses, PLI Patent Litigation Program, New York, 1996, 1997, 1998; National Inventors Hall of Fame, Akron, 2000; LEI Patent Program, Vail, 2000.

Developing The Evidence on Patent Validity Issues, Practicing Law Institute, Patent Litigation 1999, New York City, 1999.

Definiteness v. Equity: The Tension between the Desire to Protect the Inventor’s Contribution and the Desire for Clear Lines between Infringement and Non-infringement. National Inventor’s Hall of Fame Induction, Akron, 1999.

Update on the New Patent and Trademark Office Rules, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section Annual Meeting, 1998.

Developing the Evidence of Invalidity, PLI Patent Litigation Program, New York, 1993-1995, 1999; LEI Patent Program, Vail, 1997.

Antitrust Problems when Asserting Intellectual Property Rights: Walker Process and Handgards Claims, 1994 PLI Patent/Antitrust Program, West Coast.

Best Mode Disclosure: Does the Information Improve the Operation or Effectiveness of the Claimed Invention? University of Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, 1993.

Changes in the Best Mode Requirement: Satisfying the Preferred Embodiment Rule and Using the Preferred Defense of the Nineties, 1994 ABA IP Section CLE Program, Washington, DC; 1992 State Bar Of Texas IP Section Annual CLE Program, Austin.

Inequitable Conduct: Things to Look for - Things to Look Out for, 1990 PLI Patent Litigation Program, New York.

Semiconductor Chip Protection, Maryland Journal of International Law and Trade (1988).


Additional Information

Bar & Court Memberships:

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, admitted 05/05/1989

Southern District of Texas, admitted 05/26/2004

Northern District of Texas, admitted 01/11/1989

Eastern District of Texas, admitted 10/04/2006

Central District of California, admitted Pro Hac Vice

Southern District of Indiana, admitted 05/26/2004

U.S. Court of Appeal for the 5th Circuit, admitted 07/02/2008

United States Patent & Trademark Office, Patent Attorney Registration No. 32,395

University of TexasBS 1984University of Houston Law CenterJ.D. 1988
Chartered Institute of ArbitratorsInternational Center for Dispute ResolutionWorld Intellectual Property Law Arbitration and Mediation Center’s Domain Name PanelInstitute for Transnational ArbitrationSilver Fox Advisors

Office Location

4900 Woodway Drive, Suite 900
Houston, TX 77056
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Trademark Law of the Houston Metro Area
Gordon T. Arnold has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Patent
Patent Law
Trademark Law

Other Information

Gender: Male