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Phillip Aurentz is a principal in the Dallas office of McKool Smith. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully briefed and argued numerous issues, including motions for summary judgment, claim construction, and pretrial issues. Phillip has significant experience in patent matters and has argued multiple Markman hearings and tried multiple cases. His trial experience includes presenting witnesses at trial.

Phillip represents companies as both plaintiffs and defendants across various technologies, including digital content transmission technology, down-hole oil field tools, hydraulic fracturing, integrated circuitry, USB technology, MICR check processing, cellular technologies, deep water seismic exploration technology, rotary cutter technology, and various medical field technologies.

Phillip was a two-year member of The Honorable Barbara M. G. Lynn American Inn of Court and served as part of the inaugural class.

Prior to law school, Phillip worked at Exxon Mobil Corporation as a production gas plants project engineer. While in law school, he was an associate editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal. He also earned the Dean’s Achievement Award in Patent Law and the Dean’s Achievement Award in Creditor’s Rights and Consumer Bankruptcy.


Representative Matters

  • Summit 6, LLC v. Samsung. Part of the trial team that obtained a jury verdict against Samsung for their infringement of Summit 6's digital media patents. The judgment was affirmed by the Federal Circuit.
  • American Brownfield, MCIC v. Triumph Aerostructures. Part of the litigation team that represented American Brownfield in a breach of contract matter.  
  • Deere & Co. v. Bush Hog Inc. Part of the trial team that secured a take-nothing judgment on behalf of the Alamo Group Inc. and Bush Hog Inc. in a patent case related to rotary cutters.
  • IN RE: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon. Part of the team that represented Halliburton in the litigation in the Eastern District of Louisiana related to the Deepwater Horizon blowout.
  • MCR Oil Tools LLC v. Halliburton Energy Services Inc. Represented Halliburton in a state court suit alleging breach of contract and breach of confidentiality agreement.
  • Weatherford International v. Halliburton. Represented Halliburton in a suit in which Weatherford alleged infringement of patents covering method of forming composite parts for use in downhole tools, such as frac plugs, bridge plugs, and packers.
  • Aloft Media, LLC v. Oracle Corporation, et al. Represented Halliburton in a patent infringement suit filed by Aloft alleging infringement of two patents related to decision-making computer software.
  • Leon Stambler v. Amazon, et al. Part of the team defending American Airlines against patent infringement claims filed by Mr. Stambler based on two patents related to internet security.
  • JPMorgan Chase v. Affiliated Computer Services. Represented Affiliated Computer Services in an action filed by J.P.Morgan Chase, in federal district court in Delaware, alleging infringement of patents regarding the technology involved in outsourced state-governed child support payments. The case settled favorably for the firm's clients shortly before the pretrial conference.
  • ReedHycalog v. US Synthetic and Halliburton. Part of the team that defended US Synthetic and Halliburton against patent infringement claims filed by ReedHycalog based on four patents related to leached diamond drill-bit cutting elements. The case settled favorably for the firm's clients shortly after the pretrial conference.
  • i4i Limited Partnership v. Microsoft Corporation. Part of the team that represented i4i Limited Partnership in a suit filed against Microsoft Corporation for patent infringement involving a method and system for manipulating architecture and content of a document separately from each other.


Rankings & Honors

  • Named a Texas "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2010, 2015-2019

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J.D., with Honors, Order of the Coif, University of Texas School of Law, 2007 

B.S., with Honors, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, 2003

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
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