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Kevin Hess is an Associate in McKool Smith’s Austin office. Kevin’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation, including cases involving standard essential patents subject to FRAND or RAND obligations.

Kevin has represented plaintiffs and defendants at the federal district court level, the Patent Office, and the Federal Circuit. He has experience drafting dispositive motions, appellate briefs, and inter partes review (IPR) petitions and responses, managing cases, arguing motions, and taking and defending expert witnesses at deposition and at trial.

Kevin has served clients in a variety of industries, including wireless telecommunications, consumer electronics, semiconductors, cable television, and energy. Prior to law school, Kevin worked for several years as an engineer in the semiconductor industry.


Representative Matters

  • Optis Wireless Technology et al. v. Huawei. Represented plaintiffs in a patent infringement suit in the Eastern District of Texas related to 4G. Kevin had broad responsibilities throughout the case and at both the jury and bench trials, including presenting an expert witness. After the five-day jury trial, the jury found infringement, willfulness, no invalidity, and awarded full damages for each of the five patents-in-suit. The case settled after the Court granted plaintiffs’ post-trial motion for exceptional case status and awarded all expenses and attorney fees.
  • HTC v. Ericsson. Represents Ericsson in a dispute over FRAND terms for a license to cellular essential patents. Kevin was a member of the trial team that won an important verdict for Ericsson. The Eastern District of Texas jury found that Ericsson’s license offers did not breach Ericsson’s FRAND commitment. Following the verdict, the Court issued a declaratory judgment holding that Ericsson complied with FRAND and rejecting HTC’s efforts to require Ericsson to license its cellular patents as a percentage of the profit margin/cost of a baseband processor.
  • Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC v. T-Mobile. Represented defendant T-Mobile in a patent infringement suit in the Eastern District of Texas related to cellular technologies, including MIMO and OFDM. The case settled shortly before trial.
  • Dynamic 3D Geosolutions LLC v. Halliburton et al.  Represented defendant Halliburton and others in a patent infringement suit in the Western District of Texas related to geophysical software. The case settled favorably.
  • ParkerVision v. Qualcomm. Member of the trial team that represented plaintiff ParkerVision in a patent infringement suit against Qualcomm in the Middle District of Florida related to wireless receiver technology. The jury awarded substantial damages to ParkerVision.


Rankings & Honors

  • Named a Texas "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2017-2020

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J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2013

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2006

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • The United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas
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