Jason T. Kunze

Jason Kunze is an experienced litigator with deep technical knowledge in software and networking technologies. He works with a variety of businesses—from startups to Fortune 500 companies—to protect valuable intellectual property (IP) assets throughout their lifecycle. Jason practices in both state and federal courts in cases involving patent, copyright, trade secret and related claims. He also procures patents, registers copyrights, negotiates license agreements and advises on IP protection strategies.

What do you focus on?

Litigation of Software and Networking Technology

Prior to attending law school, I gained ten years of industry experience as a software engineer at Motorola, Lucent Technologies and at my startup company. I leverage this experience to strategically litigate technical cases involving complex technology such as mobile telecommunications, electronic security, speech compression, image processing, distributed networks and web-based capabilities. Because of my experience designing and implementing intricate software projects using languages such as C, C++, Assembler and Java, I can quickly analyze technical issues, assess potential legal arguments and distill complex information into jury-friendly terms. My experience in the industry is also an asset when I’m working with inventors to identify and protect leading-edge technology.

Software Management and Licensing

The development, acquisition and/or licensing of software assets can raise many legal questions, such as ownership, access to source code and ability to use and distribute the software. I have extensive experience advising clients in regard to software concerns, often in relation to the developing area of law surrounding open source software. For example, I’ve provided in-house training on best practices, advised on potential acquisitions and negotiated multiparty open source software license agreements.

What do you see on the horizon?

Due to increasing use of third-party software in the development of software applications, including the more widespread use of open source software, a process to track and evaluate inbound licenses is essential.


Speaking Engagements

  • “Open Source Software: Tips for Avoiding Licensing Surprises,” Embedded Systems Conference, Boston, MA, May 6–7, 2015
  • “Open Source Software 101: Key Legal Concerns,” EE! Live Conference and Expo, San Jose, CA, April 2, 2014
  • “Avoiding Pitfalls When Using Third Party (including Open Source) Software,” Chicago Corporate Counsel IP Seminar, Chicago, IL, June 3, 2014

To avoid copyright disaster, the future of game streaming is licensing

VentureBeat | August 23, 2017

Los Angeles commercial litigation associates Brianna Howard and Jessica Walker and Chicago IP litigation associate Jason Kunze contributed this article on how licensing agreements can protect online streaming platforms from copyright infringement in the gaming industry.

Read fine print on learning apps, experts warn

Education Week | March 28, 2017

Chicago IP litigation associate Jason Kunze is quoted in this article about safeguarding student data privacy in online educational apps.


Jason T. Kunze



Phone: 312-425-3973

Fax: 866-843-0475

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude; Production Editor, Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property

University of Illinois, B.S., Electrical Engineering


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

  • Jason was named a Rising Star in Illinois by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2016.
  • American Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections)
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
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