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, in:

  • domestic patent preparation and prosecution
  • foreign/international patent preparation and prosecution
  • patent litigation support
  • patent infringement analysis
  • patent validity analysis
  • due diligence matters
  • transactional matters
  • licensing work
  • opinion work
  • "design around" work
  • general client counseling
  • IP strategy work
  • IP best practices work
  • IP/patent portfolio analysis
  • IP/patent portfolio management
  • IP/patent portfolio development
  • trade secret counseling

Mr. Placker's practice primarily 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:

  • computer applications and software
  • server-based applications
  • client-server applications
  • software as a service (SaaS) systems and methodologies
  • platform as a service (PaaS) systems and methodologies
  • blockchain systems and methodologies
  • medical devices and systems
  • surgical devices and systems
  • mechanical devices and systems
  • process controls
  • logistics systems and methodologies
  • graphical user interfaces
  • social networking systems and methodologies
  • video conferencing systems and methodologies
  • enterprise email systems and methodologies
  • enterprise communication systems and methodologies
  • media/content distribution
  • electromechanical devices
  • microchip assemblies and thermal management
  • material science
  • composite materials and manufacturing
  • polymer materials and manufacturing
  • rapid prototyping

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 Franklin Pierce School of Law, J.D.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Honors & Awards
  • Stand-out Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2024
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020, 2021

Speaking Engagements