1001 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77002-6421
Mr. Maag, a founder of the Firm, has specialized in intellectual property litigation and has served as lead counsel in both jury and bench trials. With over 28 years of experience, Mr. Maag has prosecuted and defended actions in Federal and state courts involving claims of patent and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, counterfeiting, unfair competition, tortious interference, and breach of non-compete covenants.
In all litigation, it is Mr. Maag's practice to assess immediately the legal and factual issues involved in the dispute, and to come to an understanding with the client as to the client’s attainable business objectives. A litigation plan is then tailored to provide the best opportunity to achieve those objectives.
The matters handled by Mr. Maag have ranged from small to bet-the-company cases. Whatever the size, Mr. Maag seeks value-driven resolutions to the dispute throughout the course of the litigation. In many instances, innovative settlements have been structured that achieve the client’s objectives with a certainty that is not possible in a trial. However, until and unless a settlement is achieved, the litigation plan is aggressively pursued, with all efforts focused on preparing to show to the jury or judge at trial why the Firm’s client should win.
In addition to his work at the trial level, Mr. Maag has directed and argued appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the Texas appellate courts.
Mr. Maag's legal practice has also included drafting and prosecuting to issuance a substantial number of U.S. and foreign patents in a variety of fields, including electrical systems and apparatus, medical devices, and oil field equipment. Having the unique perspective derived from both obtaining and enforcing patents, Mr. Maag is frequently engaged to assist clients in planning patent strategies, and in assessing the strengths and direction of competitors’ patent portfolios.
Mr. Maag also has particular expertise in drafting and negotiating intellectual property licenses and other technology-related agreements. In addition, he has extensive experience in franchise matters, and has represented franchisors and franchisees in a variety of business contexts.
He remains a Registered Professional Engineer, licensed by the State of Texas.
J.D., cum laude, 1983
University of Houston Law Center
Honors: Editor of the Houston Law Review, Order of the Coif, Order of the Barons
B.S., Honors, Electrical Engineering, 1978
University of Florida
Honors: Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu, engineering honor societies
Texas Bar Foundation
American Bar Association
Houston and American Intellectual Property Law Associations
Houston Bar Association
International Trademark Association
ABA Forum Committee on Franchising
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