Jeffrey M. Butler

Attorney in South San Francisco, CA
Jeffrey Butler is Associate General Counsel and Senior Director - Patent Litigation at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. For more than two decades, he has provided litigation and dispute-resolution advice to international; companies, particularly with respect to patent, trade secret, contract/license, trademark, copyright and unfair competition matters. He also has substantial experience negotiating, drafting and interpreting technology license agreements and contracts of all sorts, interpreting and advising statutory language, and counseling on general litigation issues. He has significant experience in advising on domestic and international licensing and the development of global IP strategies (e.g., global defense of IP rights, global IP exploitation and assertion, and global IP acquisition). Prior to joining Genentech, he spent 22 years as a partner and associate of an IP law firm and a general practice firm in New York City and Frankfurt am Main.

Author: "The U.S. Trademark" ("Die U.S. Marke"- in German), Carl Heymanns Verlag, Germany, 2011; America Invents Act (in German), Metteilungen der Deutschen Patentanwaelte, 2011. Contributor: "The U.S. Patent" (DAS U.S. Patent - in German), Heymanns Verlag, Germany, 2011. VPP, Germany; GRUR, Germany; INGRES (Institut fuer gewerblich Rechtsschutz, Switzerland.

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Areas of Law

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Counseling


Experience & Credentials


Associate General Counsel and Senior Director - Patent Litigation

Admission Details

Admitted in 1989, Connecticut
1990, New York
1991, District of Columbia
2012, England and Wales
registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Law School Attended

George Washington University Law School
Class of 1989

University Attended

Trinity College
Class of 1984



Associations & Memberships

New York Intellectual Property Association (Treasurer and Director, 2011-Present); Hon. William C. Conner Inn of Court.

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