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Jason Sytsma is a registered patent attorney and senior vice president at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. with a focus on intellectual property and information technology. He’s a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice group and co-chair of the startups & innovators practice group. Jason leverages his background in electrical engineering and five years in the automotive industry to advise clients on complex legal issues that arise in the commercialization of technology.

As a registered patent attorney, Jason has drafted and prosecuted more than 100 patents. Jason devotes a substantial part of his practice to counseling clients on securing and enforcing patent rights. Jason’s practice involves all facets and stages of domestic and international patent portfolio management – patent searches and opinions, filing, prosecution, due diligence, licensing, acquisition, and enforcement of patent rights. Representative technologies include radio frequency (RF) circuits, image and signal processing, computer software and hardware, business methods, network communications and security, medical devices, industrial microwave control systems, hydraulics, consumer products, and agricultural machinery.

A large portion of Jason’s practice focuses on software and representing Internet and eCommerce companies. Jason reviews and drafts a wide variety of contracts and agreements for his clients, such as software and content licenses, comarketing agreements, eCommerce supplier and distribution agreements, end-user license agreements, terms of service, sales terms and conditions, affiliate and reseller agreements, service level agreements, software and website development agreements, software-as-a-service (SAAS) agreements, and the like. Jason also advises companies regarding open-source software and effective use of OSS in their commercial products.

Jason also knows how to effectively handle online infringements. His work in this regard, regularly entails resolving domain name disputes (either through litigation or arbitration through the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy), copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and false advertising. Jason’s knowledge in this area allows him to make effective use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to remove quickly infringing content wherever in the world it may be found. He also understands the intricacies of doing business online, and he uses this knowledge to identify and pursue those primarily liable for the infringement or identify the service providers that are enabling the infringement.

Jason’s clients include independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, and Fortune 500 corporations. While many of Jason’s clients are located in Eastern Iowa, Jason represents clients throughout the United States and foreign clients with their U.S. legal matters.

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  • Iowa State University, B.S. Electrical Engineering (2005)
    • With Distinction
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law J.D. (2008)
    • Formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center

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