Margo Livesay, Ph.D., Associate

Margo has more than twenty-four years of experience in the patent field, as well as experience covering more than sixteen years as a full-time university professor of Computer Science. Margo began her legal career as an associate in a large intellectual property boutique firm located in Crystal City, VA, where she gained valuable training in a wide variety of patent-related projects, both domestic and foreign. That firm’s proximity to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, located within a short walking distance from Margo’s office, provided readily available in-person access to examiners, on a daily basis. In the course of her practice, Margo has worked closely with inventors and counsel in many companies, including Ricoh, MCI/Verizon, Ericsson, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Google, SAP, Broadcom, Microsoft, Open Text, Accenture, and Advanced Micro Devices. She has counseled clients on all aspects of intellectual property, including patent prosecution, patent appeals, patent litigation, patent infringement/non-infringement/invalidity, and due diligence. She has also given numerous Continuing Legal Education presentations covering a history of case law regarding the patent eligibility of software-related inventions.


  • U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution
  • Patent portfolio management
  • Non-infringement and invalidity opinions
  • IP due diligence


  • Telecommunications and networking
  • Memory architecture
  • Graphics and video
  • Virtual reality
  • Cloud computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Neural networks
  • Very large databases
  • Complex data structures
  • Optimization
  • Systems architecture
  • Operating systems
  • e-commerce
  • Imaging
  • Software and user interfaces
  • Computer and video gaming
  • Coding technology
  • Radio frequency (RF) and wireless design
  • Underwater networking
  • Encryption
  • Securities


  • State Bar of Texas
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • J.D. – The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Ph.D. – Computer Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • M.S. – Computer Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • M.A.T. – Mathematics, Texas Christian University
  • B.A. – Mathematics, The University of Texas at Austin