Jeffrey T. Placker is a senior counsel in Holland & Knight's Boston office and a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group. He concentrates on all aspects of intellectual property (IP), with a primary focus on patent law.

Mr. Placker counsels a broad range of clients, large and small, on protecting innovations and managing worldwide patent strategy. He works with clients to obtain an in-depth understanding of current and future business goals, as well as advising them on strategic management and growth of the their overall patent portfolio, with a focus on green space, patents by competitors, defensive and offensive patent portfolio strategy, and cost-benefit analyses.

Mr. Placker's practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patents. He is highly knowledgeable in patenting digital-related inventions and, in particular, in overcoming patentable subject matter rejections associated with 35 U.S.C. § 101. He is well versed in the preparation of noninfringement, validity and clearance opinions, as well as various technology licensing agreements. Mr. Placker has conducted due diligence investigations for a number of clients and is often called upon to assist in patent litigation.

Mr. Placker handles a broad range of technical subject matter, including, but not limited to, software, business methods/web-based applications, smartphone apps, networking applications, personal media devices, streaming content distribution, IP telephony systems, wireless communications, securities trading platforms, network security, social sharing platforms, medical devices, mechanical systems, polymers and plastics manufacturing, rapid prototyping, adhesives, microchip assemblies and thermal management, material science, micro-electromechanical devices, as well as other mechanical and electromechanical systems, and consumer products.

Before joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Placker was an associate with a patent law firm in New Hampshire for four years. While with his previous firm, Mr. Placker's practice was focused on patent prosecution and client counseling in the area of intellectual property.


  • University of Massachusetts Lowell, B.S., Plastics Engineering
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020

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