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Gordon Arnold is the managing partner at Arnold & 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, 2012-2018

Listed in Super Lawyers, 2006-2018

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 Operatio

Contact & Links


  • 24200 SW Freeway, Suite 402-168
    Rosenberg, TX 77056

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, State Bar of Texas


  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Member by Examination
  • Institute for Transnational Arbitration - Associate Member
  • International Center for Dispute Resolution - Arbitrator
  • Silver Fox Advisors - Member
  • World Intellectual Property Law Arbitration and Mediation Center’s Domain Name Panel - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Trademark Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Trademark Law, Houston (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Mediation
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Patent Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law


  • Elected Chair Patent Law Committee of the American Intellectual Property Association 2004-2005
  • Elected Chair of the Patent Policy Committee of the American Bar Association 1994-2002
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Selected as intellectual property “Super Lawyer” in Texas, by Super Lawyers, Law & Politics, based on his honors, credentials and peer recognition 2010-2014
  • Elected Chairman of the American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section 2008-2009
  • Fellow of the American Intellectual Property Law Association 2009-2010
  • Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association 2006-2009
  • Elected President of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association 2005-2006
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 19th Edition for work in the practice areas of Litigation - Patent and Patent Law

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

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