Sarah J. Ring practices intellectual property litigation and prosecution, with a focus on patent litigation. Ms. Ring’s experience includes patent, trademark and trade secret litigation; patent preparation and prosecution; trademark prosecution; and intellectual property counseling.
Practice & Background
Ms. Ring’s experience includes all phases of a complex patent case, including case development, discovery management, motion practice, hearings and trials. Ms. Ring also has experience deposing and defending witnesses and arguing motions. She has prepared and prosecuted foreign and domestic patent applications in the mechanical, computer science and chemical fields and also has extensive experience with foreign and domestic trademark prosecution.
Ms. Ring also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Nancy K. Johnson in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Ms. Ring has also been active in Akin Gump’s pro bono program, providing free legal services to low-income residents in the Houston area. Among her many pro bono matters are a successful Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petition as well as family and probate court proceedings (including divorce, guardianship and adoption proceedings).
Ms. Ring is currently a member of the Houston office’s diversity committee. She is also a member of American Inns of Court (Garland Walker Inn of Court), the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).
While in law school, Ms. Ring was an active member of the traveling mock trial team and won first place and best speaker in the Hippard Mock Trial competition. She was also an articles editor for the Business and Tax Law Journal. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Ring was a transportation planning engineer for El Paso Corporation.
Ms. Ring has represented clients in a diverse range of matters including:
- assertion of an oil and gas drilling tool patent in the Eastern District of Texas (from case filing through discovery, pretrial and trial preparation – settlement on the eve of trial)
- defense of oil and gas drilling tool patents in the Southern District of Texas (from case filing through discovery, pretrial and trial – made arguments at Markman hearing and second chair at trial)
- defense of oil and gas drilling and production technology patents in the Eastern District of Texas (from case filing through discovery and pretrial – took and defended depositions)
- monitor and provide advice regarding ongoing patent litigation (ITC and district court) and reexamination proceedings related to microprocessor technologies
- monitor and analyze inter partes and ex parte reexamination proceedings
- negotiation, drafting, due diligence and patent opinions related to the acquisition of a drilling technology entity and its intellectual property by a major drilling company – this matter required the negotiation and drafting of complex field of use licenses across multiple fields use and technologies
- negotiation, drafting, due diligence and patent opinions related to the acquisition of a major drill pipe and casing manufacturer and its intellectual property
- intellectual property due diligence for the potential acquisition of a group of assets including a refinery and a major retail gasoline chain
- intellectual property due diligence for the potential acquisition of a large group of LNG facilities and assets
- invalidity, patentability, infringement and freedom-to-operate analysis and opinions involving chemical processes, oil and gas exploration and production tools and software/business methods applications
- management and prosecution of several large trademark portfolios, including a large portfolio for a major college network
- trademark registrability and infringement analysis and opinions
- patent preparation and prosecution of software/business methods, chemical processes, oil and gas exploration and production tools, and electrical connectors for high-stress environments.