With an entrepreneurial bent and a background in systems engineering and e-commerce, David thrives on helping clients secure and protect their IP rights and manage patent portfolios across a broad range of industries.
David draws on his experience as an IP lawyer to help clients navigate complex legal issues, identify business opportunities, protect their IP and mitigate risk. He advises on IP and technology-related issues across the broad spectrum of litigation and business law, with a focus on obtaining patents for technology, manufacturing and consumer goods companies. A former patent examiner, he offers a unique perspective to strategically direct prosecution to cover competitor products, develop licensing opportunities and strengthen enforceability.
In-house counsel and inventors rely on David to guide them through product design and development, facilitate invention harvesting exercises, and identify whitespace for forward-looking innovations. David also negotiates IP and technology-related agreements, provides technical assistance and performs due diligence to support business needs.
David has helped clients procure hundreds of patents in the computer, electrical and mechanical arts. He analyzes invention disclosures, prototypes and commercial products to render opinions on patentability, trademark, freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity.
He has extensive experience managing patent portfolios across a broad range of industries, including high-tech, telecommunications, finance, healthcare, energy, aerospace, automotive, retail and manufacturing.
David was appointed as a 2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow, which identifies high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds. LCLD is an organization of more than 220 corporate chief legal officers and attorneys who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession.
Further nurturing leadership skills and his commitment to diversity, David mentors through the Capital Innovators program, participates in the Regional Business Council's Young Professionals Network, Leadership 100, and is active in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, including as Central Regional Governor in 2013-2014.
An adjunct professor at Southwestern Illinois College, David teaches an upper-level course on intellectual property. He frequently presents on IP and patent issues, with a focus on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.
News & Insights
- Press Release05.30.2018
"Fast Data and Sports: How Sports Data is Reshaping How We Look at the World," MCCA Global Tec Forum, April 2019
"AI and the Law," Missouri Bar's 2018 lex | Port Tech Conference, October 2018
"Artificial Intelligence and the Law," Missouri Bar's Spring 2018 Mini Law School Program, March/April 2018
"Rise of the Machines: The Next Generation of Data Modeling," MCCA Global Tec Forum, April 2018
Co-Presenter, "Intellectual Property and the Juvenile Products Industry," JPMA Baby Show, March 2018
Co-Presenter "Caveat Emptor: The Need to Conduct IP Due Diligence," Association of Corporate Counsel St. Louis Chapter CLE, June 2017
Moderator, "Looking through the Clouds to Catch the Rain: Discussing Powerful Tools and Different Approaches to Relationship Building," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Central Regional Conference, St. Louis, MO, August 2017
"Light and Shadow – the Evolving Interplay between Patents and Trade Secrets," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, November 2016
"Rising Waters: Practical Tips on Making It Rain," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, November 2015
"Practical Considerations for a Corporate IP Department," Minority In-House Counsel Association Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2015
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
Capital Innovators, Mentor, 2013-Present
Missouri Asian American Bar Association, Board Member, 2009-Present
Regional Business Council's Young Professionals Network, Leadership 100, 2014-Present
St. Louis Sports Commission, Associate, 2012-Present
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Central Regional Governor, 2013-2014
- Annual Convention Host Committee Co-Chair, 2012-2013
Practices & Industries
- Business Methods & E-Commerce
- Patent Preparation & Prosecution
- Intellectual Property & Technology
- Children's Products
- Electrical, Software and Business Methods
- IP & Technology M&A Due Diligence
- IP & Technology Transactions
- Sports & Recreation
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems & Autonomous Vehicles
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The George Washington University Law School, J.D.
University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering