Craig J. Yudell

Craig J. Yudell




Craig focuses his practice on representing high-tech companies in technology transactions, licensing, business and technology alliances, intellectual property strategies, and all aspects of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition laws. His experience includes:

  • Strong negotiation and documentation skills derived from experience with more than 500 transactions in technology licensing, IP transfers, technology partnerships and alliances, software licenses, e-commerce agreements, buy-sell and supply arrangements, foundry agreements, litigation settlements, investment transactions and acquisitions.
  • Both start-up and public-company in-house legal and business development experience in strategic legal counseling, negotiations, business transactions, planning, licensing and venture capital investments.
  • Strong skills in legal, technical and financial due diligence, evaluating licensing and investment opportunities and negotiating deal terms.
  • Significant patent work preparing and prosecuting US and international patents for computer hardware, software, communications, business, e-commerce, microprocessor, DSP, and digital/analog circuit inventions.

Prior to founding Dillon & Yudell, Craig practiced intellectual property law at a top Texas law firm. Previous to that, Mr. Yudell served as vice president of licensing and general counsel for a semiconductor intellectual property start-up, where he implemented its IP licensing strategy and managed all of the company’s licensing and other legal matters. Prior to joining the start-up, Mr. Yudell was with a large semiconductor manufacturer in Austin, where he served as General and Intellectual Property Counsel for its $2 billion Networking and Computing group, and later held an executive management position in business development with responsibility for investments and strategic licensing for an $8 billion wireless and semiconductor business. Prior to completing his law degree, Mr. Yudell worked as a design and research engineer in computer, semiconductor and optoelectronic technologies.


Intellectual Property
Technology Licensing
Technology Transactions


System Hardware
Energy Technology


State Bar of Texas
Licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court Texas, Northern District


J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1993
B.S.E.E., Arizona State University, 1987


Co-author, Protecting American Intellectual Property in Japan, Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, Vol. 10, No 1, June 1994


"Trends in Software Licensing" presented at the Austin CFO Roundtable group (Austin, May 2002)


Licensing Executives Society
Austin Intellectual Property Law Association


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