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Background

​David M. Hoffman is a Principal in Fish & Richardson’s Austin office. Mr. Hoffman’s practice emphasizes patent litigation, inter partes review, commercial and civil litigation, prosecution, intellectual property counseling, and patent portfolio management.

Mr. Hoffman has particular experience in inter partes review, high stakes patent litigation before the International Trade Commission, and a variety of federal district courts. Mr. Hoffman has experience successfully managing cases from inception through trial and beyond on behalf of both patent holders and parties accused of patent infringement in both the Courts and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

In addition to his experience in litigation, Mr. Hoffman has helped clients pursue patent rights in well over 100 patent applications in a wide variety of electrical and mechanical disciplines including semiconductor technology, memory, software, and wireless communications. Mr. Hoffman also helps clients in a wide variety of opinion matters.

Mr. Hoffman also has technical experience as a Configuration Engineer and Production Supervisor for Applied Materials, Inc. (2000-2003). While at Applied Materials, he performed configuration reviews on complex electromechanical semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment and was responsible for the supervision, training and certification of 34 final test technicians. Mr. Hoffman was also a System Analyst for Ford Motor Company (1995).

Education

J.D., University of Texas Law School 2004
Staff Editor, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal


B.S., University of Texas at Austin 1997
Electrical Engineering


B.A., University of Texas at Austin 1997
Plan II Liberal Arts
with honors

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2003
  • Texas 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Memberships & Affiliations

​2014 Member of the Texas Bar Pro Bono College

Other Distinctions

United States Army: Infantry Platoon Leader (1998-2000) and Company Executive Officer (1999). Texas National Guard: Platoon Leader (2000-2002)

Recognized as 2015, 2014, and 2013 Super Lawyers Rising Star

2016 Judge Suzanne Covington Individual Pro Bono Service Award Winner​

Selected Speeches and Presentations

Invited Speaker, June 2016, University of Texas Symposium on Patent Damages

Recent Developments in Technology Law, May 22, 2015, Austin, TX, University of Texas Technology Law Conference

Post-Grant Review Under the AIA: How USPTO Proceedings are Changing Patent Litigation Practice, December 11, 2014, Austin Association of Corporate Counsel, December Meeting

Antitrust & Technology Update, May 22, 2014, Austin, TX, University of Texas Advanced Technology Law Conference

Executive Agency Involvement in IP Issues, February 21, 2014, Austin, TX, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal Symposium

Antitrust Update for Patents, October 31, 2013, Austin, TX, Advanced Patent Law Institute CLE

Litigation Holds and Spoliation in Light of Rambus, October 27, 2011, Austin, TX, Advanced Patent Law Institute CLE

International Patenting and Enforcement, July 15, 2011, San Antonio, TX, State Bar of Texas Advanced Litigation Course.

The ITC’s Unique Trial Related Procedures, May 23, 2011, Beijing, China, International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association, Section 337 Seminar for Chinese Enterprises.

The ITC’s Unique Trial Related Procedures, May 27, 2011, Guangzhou, China, International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association, Section 337 Seminar for Chinese Enterprises.

Media Mentions

"Lifefactory Patent on Protective Sleeves for Containers Survives IPR With Most Claims Intact​," IPWatchdog, August 2016. 

"Federal Court Blocks Texas Law Restricting Language Assistance to Voters​," AALDEF Press Release, August 2016. 

"Software Co. Loses IP Review Bid After Late PTAB Petition," Law360, June 2016. 

"Cisco Hit With $24M Verdict in Network Surveillance IP Row," Law360, May 2016. 

"Biomedical Orthopedic Implant Patent Survives AIA Review," Law360, May 2016. 

"2 Cypress RAM Patents Survive AIA Reviews," Law360, April 2015.

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