Assistant Professor of Law
Office: Room 256
Professor Holte's teaching expertise and scholarship interests include intellectual property (IP) law and property law, and he is a widely published author in IP subjects. His most recent articles focus on patent-related topics with particular attention to patent assertion entities (or "patent trolls"), equitable remedies in patent litigation, and empirical legal studies. Professor Holte is the recipient of two non-resident Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowships from the George Mason University School of Law, and a grant from the Case Western University School of Law, to support research and writing on IP topics. His recent articles have been published in the Washington Law Review, Akron Law Review, Chapman University Law Review, and Saint Louis University Law Journal; his current works-in-progress include three empirical studies of patent litigation subjects.
At the School of Law, Professor Holte teaches Property Law I & II, Intellectual Property Survey, and Patent Law. He also serves as the director of Judicial Clerkships & Special Placements and as an advisor to the SIU IP Law Society and Federalist Society. Professor Holte speaks worldwide on IP subjects in addition to serving Southern Illinois as an advisor to a variety of small businesses and local economic development centers regarding IP law and policy issues. Professor Holte is co-inventor of US Patent 9,523,773 Systems and Methods for Countering Satellite-Navigated Munitions (Army Secrecy Order lifted June 2016; allowance Aug. 2016; 472 day patent term extension).
Prior to joining the SIU School of Law faculty, Professor Holte practiced as a litigation attorney at the United States Federal Trade Commission, an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at the Jones Day law firm, and a patent prosecutor at the Finnegan law firm. Prior to practice, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stanley F. Birch, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and as a law clerk to Judge Loren A. Smith of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Before law school, Professor Holte owned a car dealership in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in biodiesel vehicles and worked as an engineer for Agilent Technologies/Hewlett Packard in Sonoma County, California.
Professor Holte received his JD from the University of California Davis School of Law where he served as a staff editor of the UC Davis Business Law Journal. He received his BS, magna cum laude, in engineering from the California Maritime Academy where he was a First Class graduate of the California Maritime Academy Corps of Cadets Third Engineering Division and editor of the campus newspaper,The Binnacle.
Professor Holte lives in a work-in-progress Queen Anne revival Victorian house in Marion with his wife Jessica and Great Dane Lucy.