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Most important career lesson: Never let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your goal. Always treat people the way you would want to be treated. Before acting, a little empathy goes a long way.
Bet you didn’t know: I have a dozen patents in which I am a named inventor. I am particularly proud of the patent on which I am the sole inventor for making wine through chemistry.
Family/personal: Married 25 years with 2 daughters in college, one at IU and the other at UM. I graduated from UT Austin and my wife from Texas A&M; I guess opposites do attract.
Areas of practice: My current position is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for a global chemical company headquartered in Dallas. I have been practicing in the IP law field for more than 20 years in all areas of practice – patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
Education: Bachelor’s in Biology/Chemistry from UT Austin (1985): J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law (1989); and LLM in IP from The John Marshall School of Law (1991).
Culinary talent: I enjoy cooking all Italian food, and attempt many a Mario Batali recipe while enjoying glasses of wine from Tuscany. I do like to barbecue on the grill outside, and have done so in at least two feet of snow and freezing temperatures.
Latest pursuit: Training for a half-ironman, and eventually a full ironman; recently completed two international distance triathlons, and have run several marathons.
Favorite quote: I am not sure where I heard this, but it is something I use all the time. “Research and development without IP protection is philanthropy.”
Favorite TV program: New NBC program, “The Blacklist”.
Favorite restaurant: Pappas Brother’s Steakhouse. I have tried many steakhouses all over the country, and none in my opinion come even close.
Generally likes to read/last book read: I enjoy reading most all business related books. I just finished the book “The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of the Predicting the Unpredictable” by James Weatherall. It was truly a fascinating read.
If I had more time, I would: Spend more time with my family, children, parents, relatives and friends. Nothing is more enjoyable and relaxing, and irreplaceable.
Best thing about being a lawyer: Being an IP lawyer is the best thing about being a lawyer. I have the opportunity to work with the latest and greatest technology and a lot of very smart people. The practice is global and I enjoy working with and learning from people from cultures around the world. IP law is changing and technology is advancing all the time and this makes for an exciting and challenging profession.
If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? Teaching students about the importance and relevance of IP in business. And, if that did not work out, become a winemaker.
Jaimes works at Celanese Corporation in Irving.
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