Dr. Claude E. Cooke

Dr. Claude E. Cooke, Jr

Dr. Claude E. Cooke, Jr.Attorney

Admitted to Bar: 1974, Texas

Registered Patent Attorney, U. S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1986


Dr. Cooke represents a variety of clients in the oil and gas industry and other high-technology clients in the semiconductor, electronics, chemical, environmental and other industries. Dr. Cooke’s practice involves the prosecution of patents through the United States Patent and Trademark Office, negotiation and preparation of licensing agreements, preparation of patent infringement and freedom to operate opinions, and assessment of how a client may use patents to increase company value. In addition, he serves as an expert witness in patent and trade secret litigation

From 1954-1986, except for one year of postdoctoral research at Columbia University, Dr. Cooke worked as a scientist for Exxon Production Research, now ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, in Houston. At Exxon, he performed and directed research in a broad range of technologies related to drilling and production, including oil recovery processes, natural gas processing, production logging, cementing and hydraulic fracturing. Dr. Cooke holds patents on 30 inventions.

After earning his law degree, Dr. Cooke first concentrated on technical aspects of litigation, including products liability (aviation, chemical, electrical equipment and other industries). From 1986 to 1988, he was a consultant for Arthur D. Little in oil industry technology planning and management and served also as an expert witness. In 1989, he began to practice intellectual property law. From 1998 through 2004, he practiced intellectual property law at Baker Botts L.L.P in Houston. From 2004 to April 2011, Dr. Cooke was a partner of Burleson Cooke L.L.P. and the head of the intellectual property practice.


  • Louisiana Tech University (B.S., Physics, Honors, 1951)
  • The University of Texas (Ph.D., Physics, 1954)
  • The University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1974)


  • Legend of Hydraulic Fracturing Award, from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (2006)
  • Outstanding Inventor Award, from the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association

Professional Organizations:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Associations
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

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    Cooke Law Firm
    13921 Hwy 105 West #339
    Conroe, Texas 77304

    Email: dgrissom@cooke-law.com
    Phone: (936) 520-3829