Terry L. Watt, Ph.D.


Office: Tulsa
Email: terry.watt@crowedunlevy.com

Phone: 918.592.9874
Fax: 918.599.6312
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Terry Watt is a licensed patent attorney with more than 20 years’ experience in intellectual property (IP) law including obtaining, protecting and enforcing IP rights. A member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Terry’s practice incorporates high-tech subject matters and computer and software law. He is adept in preparing and prosecuting patent applications and counseling his clients in connection with their intellectual property issues. He manages a substantial portfolio of international patents and is able to help clients secure protection for intellectual property outside the United States.

Terry regularly counsels clients in all aspects of IP, including:

  • Obtaining and litigating patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights
  • Drafting and reviewing software development and licensing agreements
  • Complex signal processing algorithms and computer technology
  • Conducting inter partes reviews in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Facilitating due diligence IP reviews

Terry’s representative issued patents include 5,850,622 and 5,870,691 (software) and 5,722,235, 5,669,538 and 5,725,761 (mechanical). He represents clients in connection with technologies such as computer software, mechanical, electrical, signal processing, geophysical methods and physics including imaging, lasers and irradiation/dosimetry.

Additionally, Terry has a background in high-tech oil research and exploration. Prior to practicing law, Terry worked in research as a geophysicist, where he developed computer algorithms to solve geophysical problems and statistically analyzed complex data sets.

Professionally ranked by his peers for his work in IP law, Terry has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA (2014-17), Oklahoma Super Lawyers (2012-16), Best Lawyers (2010-16) and named Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (2014-16) by the same publication.*

Terry currently serves as an adjunct professor at Concord Law School teaching upper level patent and IP law courses. He previously taught trademark, patent and IP law at the University of Tulsa College of Law, statistics and geophysics courses at the University of Tulsa, and graduate-level statistics at Oklahoma State University.

*Crowe & Dunlevy has no input in the rating methodologies used by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers or Super Lawyers publications.

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Professional Experience

  • Research Consultant, Amerada Hess Corporation (1984-92)
  • Research Geophysicist, Cities Service Oil Company (1977-84)

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Member, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Past President and Current Member, Oklahoma Bar Association Intellectual Property Section
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Past President, Princeton Club of Tulsa

Honors & Awards

  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers (2012 - Present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Trademark Law (2010 - Present)
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2014
  • Chambers USA (2014 - 2017)

Published Works

  • Author, "Protecting your Company’s Trade Secrets," The Journal Record, March 16, 2016
  • Author, "Common Mistakes Made by Inventors," The Journal Record, June 8, 2016
  • Author, "Dealing with a Software Copyright Audit," The Journal Record, July 20, 2016
  • Author, "Trademark Tips," The Journal Record, September 25, 2015
  • Author, "NFL Team Name Ruling Could Change Game for State Schools," The Journal Record, June 20, 2014
  • Author, "Offer Invalidates Patent," The Journal Record, September 25, 2013
  • Author, "Oklahoma Court of Appeals Puts the Brakes on Misappropriation Claim," Brill v. Disness (2010 OK CIV APP 132), The Journal Record, February 24, 2011
  • Book Review, "Numerical Analysis for the Geological Sciences," Technometrics, August 1996
  • Book Review, "Applied Statistics: A First Course," 32 Technometrics 224, 1990
  • Author, The Kurzweil 1000 Series Operations Guide, Alexander Press, 1989
  • Ph.D. Dissertation, Some Applications of Robust Statistical Procedures to Problems in Seismic Signal Processing, 1984

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "Looking at Law School Exam Results with Histograms," Concord Law Faculty Conference, October 2016
  • Presenter, "The Art of Copyright: What Every Working Artist Needs to know," Green Country Water Color Association, April 10, 2014
  • Presenter, "Intellectual Property Factoids, Curiosities and Oddities," Sunrise Rotary Club, September 25, 2013
  • Presenter, "Patent Law for Inventors: The Changin Landscape of the Law of Patentability," OSU Research Week Conference, February 19, 2013
  • Presenter, "Who Owns the Software I Just Paid to Have Written? And Other Sofware/Internet Related Copyright Issues," OBA CLE, May 2012
  • Presenter, "The Patent Reform Act of 2011 and Its Impact on Universities," OSU Research Week Conference, February 23, 2012
  • Presenter, "There Ought to Be a Law: Questionable Internet Practices and the Law," National Association of Legal Secretaries, February 26, 2008
  • Presenter, "Fair Use and Other Murky Copyright Concepts," OSU Presentation for University Faculty and Staff, September 26, 2007
  • Presenter, "Firmly in the Gray: Questionable Internet Programming Practices and Legal Theories for Attacking (or Defending) Them," Various Venues, September 2005 and March, June and December 2006
  • Presenter, "Software Protection through Copyright and Patent," Oklahoma Investment Forum, May 3, 2005
  • Presenter, "Copyright Ownership of Joint Works," OSU, 2005
  • Presenter, "What Every Oil and Gas Practitioner Should Know About Intellectual Property," Eugene Kuntz Conference on Natural Resources Law & Policy, November 12, 2004
  • Presenter, "Who is an Inventor?" OSU, April 2004
  • Presenter, "The Business of Copyright, Tulsa Rotary Club, March 2003 and Bartlesville Kiwanis, March 2004
  • Presenter, "Internet Jurisdiction: The Really Long Arm of the Law," OBA "Cyberspace Law Symposium," March 2001
  • Presenter, "Statistics and the Courts: Bridging the Divide," Oklahoma Chapter of The American Statistical Association, February 2001
  • Presenter, "Pitfalls for the Small Business in E-Commerce, Hardware and Software," OBA Annual Meeting, November 2000
  • Presenter, "Intellectual Property for the General Practitioner: Common Copyright Questions," Tulsa Bar Association, August 1999
  • Presenter, "Emerging Issues in Intellectual Property Law," Oklahoma Bar Association CLE, March 1999

Classes Taught

  • Adjunct Professor, Concord Law School (2009 - Present)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law (1990-2011)
  • Adjunct Professor, Oklahoma State University (1988)

Community Service

  • Board Member, University of Tulsa College of Law Alumni (2005-11)
  • Past Advisory Board Member, Tulsa Community College Entrepreneurship Program
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