John Jacob May

Of Counsel


Jake May helps companies protect their inventions by prosecuting and obtaining patents around the world. He is equally effective in obtaining patents covering emerging technologies as he is in protecting incremental improvements to technologies that have been around for decades. Patents obtained by Jake protect advancements that are critical to his clients maintaining their competitive advantages.

Jake is skilled at identifying patentable distinctions and is forward-looking with regard to obtaining enforceable claims that aren’t easily designed around. Jake has worked extensively with inventions used in oil and gas exploration and downhole products, such as drillbits – although his prosecution, counseling and litigation experience spans a variety of technical fields, including, software, electronics and the mechanical arts.

Prior to law school, Jake was an engineer at Abbott Laboratories, where he learned to view engineering and technology advancements from a business perspective. Upon graduation, he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable John McBryde of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Section

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Attorney, Human Rights Initiative
  • Volunteer Attorney, Catholic Charities of Dallas Immigration and Legal Services


  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law, (2003), cum laude
    • Senior Executive Editor, Baylor Law Review
    • Recipient, Bill Underwood Professionalism Award
    • Recipient, William R. Trail Civil Procedure Award
  • B.S.M.E., University of Notre Dame, (1996)
    • Member, Notre Dame Army ROTC


  • Texas (2003)
  • Texas State Courts (2003)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office