Jack Q. Lever , Jr. - White & Case LLP

Jack Q. Lever , Jr.

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Practice Experience

Jack Q. Lever, Jr. is an experienced trial lawyer in the law firm of White & Case LLP and is based in the Washington, DC office.  Jack concentrates his practice on patent litigation and counseling, and has represented major US and foreign corporations in patent litigation matters.  He is highly rated in Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to federal district court litigation, Jack has litigated extensively before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in proceedings under 19 U.S.C. Section 337, known as Section 337 proceedings.  Since the early 1980s, Jack has been involved in representing both complainants and respondents in over 30 Section 337 investigations involving a wide range of products.  He has lectured often on Section 337 litigation, including speeches before bar associations and law schools, and has written widely on the subject, including "Unfair Methods of Competition in Import Trade: Actions Before the International Trade Commission," The Business Lawyer, Vol. 41, No. 4, August 1986 and "The Impact of the 1988 Omnibus Trade Act on Litigation before the International Trade Commission Under Section 337," The Computer Lawyer, Vol. 5, No. 11, November 1988.  Also, Jack co-authored Chapter 8, "ITC and Customs," Protecting Trade Dress, Wiley Law, 1995.

Jack frequently speaks on patent law and patent litigation issues and has presented before the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Japanese Patent Attorney Association and the Charter Institute of Patent Attorneys.  In addition, Jack is an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC where he teaches a patent litigation practice course, Patent Enforcement.

Jack has also counseled major corporations in developing and improving intellectual property protection.  He has assisted clients in intellectual property audits and in developing licensing strategies for corporate intellectual property portfolios, which have resulted in substantial revenues for clients.  Additionally, as a registered patent attorney he regularly advises clients on more complex patent prosecution matters, including patent interferences, reexamination and reissue proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Prior to joining White & Case Jack co-founded and headed the Intellectual Property, Media and Technology Department at a Washington, DC law firm.

Jack began his intellectual property law career as a patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office in 1970.  Before leaving the US Patent and Trademark Office, he served a special assignment at the Office of the Solicitor of the US Patent and Trademark Office where he gained experience assisting in appeals to the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, the predecessor court of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

In 1975, Jack joined the US Department of Energy as a patent attorney, and in 1980 was appointed Deputy General Counsel for Patents.  While at the US Department of Energy, Jack gained experience in all areas of intellectual property law practice and became knowledgeable in a wide range of energy technologies including nuclear, solar, energy storage and electric power and related conservation technology.  As patent counsel, Jack was responsible for managing the Department’s US and worldwide patent prosecution program.  In addition, he was responsible for litigating numerous title disputes over government-funded technology and assisted the Department of Justice in Court of Claims cases involving the Department.  In 1982, he entered private practice.

Throughout his career Jack has been active in efforts to reform the US intellectual property laws.  In 1981, while at the Department of Energy, Jack was appointed special counsel and representative for the Senate Office of Technology Assessments.  As special counsel, Jack assisted in an in-depth study of the US intellectual property system and did a comparative study of the Japanese, German and US patent law systems.  The results of this study served as a major impetus to changes to the US patent system, including the creation of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the introduction of maintenance fees and reexamination.
Jack continues to be involved in efforts to reform US intellectual property law and has written numerous articles on the issues of intellectual property reform, including "The New Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit," 64 JPOS 178, 243, 1982. From 1988 to 1992, he served as editor of US Intellectual Property Legislative Review: An Annual Survey, published by Clark Boardman Company, and he regularly advises clients on the potential effects of pending legislation to modify US intellectual property laws.

Clemson UniversityCatholic University of AmericaJ.D. 1974
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationAmerican Bar Association

Client Comments

"Jack Lever is a well-experienced expert in patent litigation and also an excellent negotiator for patent-related transactions. In addition to such expertise, he is a remarkable leader of the team where all lawyers under him are so motivated for the best result of the clients with a sense of deep respect for him. In a word, he is a very reliable lead counsel."

"Jack Lever is the most trusted lawyer I have ever met. We fully entrusted our several cases to him."

Office Location

701 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-3807
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent