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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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