Attorney Profiles

Jack Pate



Current Practice
Much of Dr. Pate’s current practice is balanced between litigation and the writing and prosecuting of highly technological patents. However, he continues to apply his broad experience to all areas of intellectual property law. These areas include drafting and prosecuting patents directed to a wide range of manufacturing, software, and medical technologies, intellectual property licensing, and dispute resolution, including litigation as well as arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Since joining the legal profession Dr. Pate has assisted clients in procuring patent protection for high-technology materials, plastics manufacturing, electrical equipment, semiconductor processing, computer hardware design, artificial intelligence, heat/mass transport, mechanical systems, exercise and recreational equipment, deep earth drilling technology, environmental engineering equipment, chemical processing, and manufacturing processes and products. By relying on his extensive industrial experience and intellectual property experience Dr. Pate has provided strategic consultation to client companies, helping them develop intellectual property policies for building profit margins through intellectual property creation, management, and licensing.

Before entering the J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University Dr. Pate served as a Senior scientist with Morton-Thiokol, and spent a decade as a systems engineer and manager at the General Electric Company. In addition to obtaining patents for his employer during his industrial years he authored technical papers and reports in a broad variety of technologies. His background includes engineering design, analysis, manufacturing, and advanced development across diverse areas of electronics manufacturing, control systems, dynamic mechanical structures, ultra-high pressure fluid systems, combustion, propulsion, explosives, and electrical power technologies.

During his years in industry Dr. Pate held government security clearances with which he contributed as a systems engineer and manager. He supervised or contributed to projects ranging through software development of engineering design and test applications; electronics manufacturing and packaging; strategic missile guidance and propulsion systems; cryogenic cooling; radar, sonar, and optical signature detection and creation; corrosion protection systems; precision aluminum casting design, manufacturing, and quality control; weapon systems engineering for mission areas including tactical ground, tactical and strategic air, and tactical and strategic sea systems; explosives; ordnance systems and delivery technologies; interior, exterior, and terminal ballistics; nuclear radiation protection; deep sea instrumentation delivery; high voltage power systems; lightning protection; plastics processing; flammability testing; high pressure (60kpsi) combustion; and forensic engineering consulting.

During his graduate studies, Dr. Pate pursued research and study in numerical methods, engineering modeling and computer programming, process engineering, structural analysis, and energy systems.

Dr. Pate speaks and writes Spanish.

J.D., Brigham Young University, 1992
Ph.D., Engineering, Utah State University, 1978
M.S., Engineering, Utah State University, 1975
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Utah State University, 1974 Cum Laude
President of ASME
President of Sigma Tau engineering society
President Tau Beta Pi engineering society
Phi Kappa Phi
Sigma Xi research society

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1990
Utah State Bar, 1992


Gordon K. Hill



Current Practice
Mr. Hill’s current practice includes both litigation (enforcing, defending) and prosecution (application, filing and negotiation) of intellectual property.  Experienced in litigating patents and trademarks in state and federal courts, Mr. Hill also writes and prosecutes applications for patents and trademarks before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  His experiences from both litigation and prosecution improve his ability to meet client business objectives, and prepare patentability options, invalidity opinions, and other due diligence reports.

Mr. Hill has obtained favorable decisions and settlements in patent and trademark related litigation for clients engaged in a variety of businesses.  For example, Mr. Hill has obtained patents for high-technology materials such as monoclonal anti-bodies, polymer compounds, and chemical reactor feeds, as well as medical processes, systems, and gas generators.  He has also patented simpler devices such as mechanical tools, toys, gadgets, electronic football down markers, and disposable, anti-microbial slippers.  Mr. Hill has successfully built and enforced trademark portfolios in numerous commercial markets.

Before graduating from law school, Mr. Hill worked as a research and methods chemist for a pharmaceutical laboratory and as an analytical chemist for an environmental laboratory.  Mr. Hill has experience with numerous types of laboratory equipment and methods, including OSHA and NIOSH methods.  He also has developed and performed methods for evaluating the stability and content of various pharmaceutical products.  

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2001
Utah State Bar, 2002
Utah State Supreme Court, 2002
U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, 2002
California State Bar, 2002
California State Supreme Court, 2002
United Stated Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2005

J.D., Chapman University School of Law, 2001
B.S., Chemistry, Weber State University, 1992

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)