Ted D. LeeRegistered Patent Attorney
8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 1500
San Antonio, Texas 78230 (210) 886-9500
Ted Lee specializes in intellectual property litigation and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Lee has been described in the San Antonio Business Journal as "ferociosly protective of his clients." and a "good, fiery litigator" ("It's always 'total war'", San Antonio Business Journal, March, 6, 1989, p. 8).
Mr. Lee started work as a patent agent for the National Aeronautics & Space Administration in 1967, working on the Saturn Apollo program. Some of the early patent applications prosecuted by Mr. Lee were used in putting man on the moon (U.S. Patent Nos. 3526372 and 4870709).
Mr. Lee then served as a JAG officer in the United States Marine Corp (1970–73) trying hundreds of special and general court marshal cases. When Mr. Lee entered private practice in San Antonio, Texas, his extensive litigation experience was used in trying all types of intellectual property cases ranging from the alleged theft of a secret formula for picante sauce to patent infringement of complicated electronic control systems.
Throughout Mr. Lee's 40+ years, he has prosecuted and obtained many patents, primarily in the electrical and electro-mechanical areas. In addition, Mr. Lee has represented clients in negotiations to license their technology. However, if negotiations are unsuccessful, Mr. Lee will pursue the infringers through litigation on behalf of his clients (Siliconnections: Coming of Age in the Electronic Era by Forrest M. Mims, III, Ch. 12, pp. 150–161).
Mr. Lee also represents individuals and corporations that have been accused of alleged violations of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, contracts or unfair competition. Mr. Lee believes in the adage "the best defense is a good offense."
Gunn, Lee & Cave, P.C., 1998–present
Intellectual Property Law Firm
Founding Shareholder, San Antonio, Texas
Gunn, Lee & Miller, P.C., 1977–1998
Formerly Gunn, Lee and Jackson, P.C.
Intellectual Property Law Firm
Founding Partner, San Antonio, Texas
Cox & Smith Inc., 1973–1977
Patent Attorney, San Antonio, Texas
United States Marine Corp., Captain, 1970–1973
Staff Judge Advocate
Bendix Corporation, 1969–1970
Patent Agent/Attorney, South Bend, Indiana
National Aeronautics & Space Administration, 1963–1969
Cooperative Education student
Brown Engineering, 1962
Armed Forces Communication and Electronic Association, Junior Fellowship Award
"Watch and Learn: Opening Statements by the Masters," Advanced Patent Litigation Course, Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of Texas, July 14–15, 2001.
"Protecting Your Intellectual Property," Running USA 2011 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, February 14, 2011.
"Inequitable Conduct: Is the Plague Continuing," Presenter, 23rd Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of Texas, March 4–5, 2010.
"Nine Ways to Keep Costs Down in IP Disputes," Texas Lawyer, February 2, 2009.
"A History of Intellectual Property Practice," 21st Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of Texas, March 6–7, 2008.
"Year in Review," Moderator, American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting, 2008.
"How the Ballgame is Played: Ethical Boundaries on Cold Calling Potential Clients," 20th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of Texas, March 1–2, 2007.
"How the Ballgame is Played: Ethical Boundaries on Cold Calling Potential Clients," American Intellectual Property Law Association, Spring Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 2006.
"Doctrine of Equivalents: Still As Confusing As Ever," State Bar Convention, Intellectual Property Section, July 13, 2003.
"Witnesses and Depositions," Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in Texas, Lorman Education Services, San Antonio, Texas, March 28, 2001.
"The Application of the Current Laws on Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Contracts in the Web Environment," American Marketing Association, Winter Marketing Education Conference, February 6, 2000.
"Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Property Asserts, High Tech Business Tactics," Seminar Six Series, Austin, Texas, April 15, 1998.
"Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets," Texas Law Office Handbook, 3rd Ed., 1990.
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Protecting a Client's Products and Services," The Subpoena, November, 1988.
"Trying an Intellectual Property Case in State Court," Woodlands Institute, Intellectual Property Section, State Bar of Texas, 1987.