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Sean M. Hill
Sean M. Hill
Senior Associate — Intellectual Property
Senior Associate — Intellectual Property

Sean M. Hill

Sean M. Hill
Houston

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002

Sean M. Hill

Sean’s principal area of practice is intellectual property law, with a focus on intellectual property licensing, technology transactions, and patent litigation.

Experience Highlights

  • Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. in its business combination with Perella Weinberg Partners

  • C&J Energy Services in its $2.86 billion merger with Nabors’ completion and production businesses to create a leading diversified completion and production services provider headquartered in Bermuda

  • A large international energy company in the transfer and acquisition of all software and hardware related to the spin-off of its California oil and gas business into an independent and separately traded company

  • LSB Industries in the $364 million sale of its Climate Control Business to NIBE Industrier AB of Sweden 

  • BlueScope Steel in the $720 million acquisition of Cargill’s 50% share of North Star BlueScope Steel, taking BlueScope’s ownership of North Star to 100%

  • Helmerich & Payne, Inc. in intellectual property matters associated with its acquisition of Magnetic Variation Services, LLC (MagVAR), which provides geomagnetic modeling services to enhance the accuracy of directional drilling surveys

  • Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, LLC in $11.6 million Series C financing of investment in 908 Devices

  • FeedMagnet in the $9 million sale of the social media curation company to Bazaarvoice

  • Tinicum Incorporated in the preferred stock financing of Rebellion Photonics, a developer of imaging cameras to monitor rigs and refineries

  • Major sports leagues in counseling related to potential investments in and licensing transactions with virtual reality companies

  • (Fed. Circ.); (S.D. Tex.) — Defended AKM Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Moblize, Inc., a provider of real-time data solutions for oil well monitoring and analysis, in a patent infringement case filed by a competitor seeking in excess of $200M and a preliminary injunction; obtained dismissal with prejudice and invalidity of the asserted patent based on unpatentable subject matter, which was affirmed on appeal

Credentials

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2013 (Member, Texas Law Review)
  • Vanderbilt University, B.E. Biomedical Engineering magna cum laude, 2010
  • Member: Texas Law Review Association
  • Associate: Houston Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas
  • Federal Circuit
  • “In Rare Reversal, Federal Circuit Says District Court Abused Its Discretion in Failing to Award Attorneys’ Fees,” V&E IP Insights E-communication, June 6, 2017 (co-author)
  • “Top 10 Questions from the Supreme Court at Yesterday’s TC Heartland Oral Argument,” V&E IP Insights E-communication, March 28, 2017 (co-author)
  • “IP Issues in Venture Capital and Angel Investing,” Vinson & Elkins Intellectual Property CLE Series, Houston, Texas, October 2015 (co-presenter)
  • “Patent Exhaustion: New Developments,” Vinson & Elkins Intellectual Property CLE Series, Houston, Texas, March 2014 (presenter)
  • “Open Questions in Patent Exhaustion,” Intellectual Property Today, April 2, 2014 (co-author)