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Background

David Conrad is a Principal attorney in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson. In state and federal courts in Texas and across the country, Mr. Conrad represents clients as lead counsel in commercial and intellectual property disputes. He represents companies and individuals accused of wrongdoing as well as those seeking to enforce their rights.

Mr. Conrad has appeared on behalf of clients in over 300 federal and state district court cases. He has successfully argued appeals in numerous forums, including several times before the Federal Circuit, Patent & Trademark Board of Appeals (PTAB), and Texas state courts of appeals.

In 2018, Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) ranked him in the top list of attorneys representing defendants in patent cases in U.S. district courts. Docket Navigator has ranked him among the top accused patent infringers lawyers several years in a row.

Mr. Conrad’s clients benefit from his in-depth knowledge of computers, software, and engineering. He has experience handling disputes involving a wide range of technologies, including telecommunications, artificial intelligence, e-commerce and web site systems, computer network architecture, computer software, encryption, and semiconductors. Prior to law school, Mr. Conrad worked at National Instruments in Austin, Texas, as a software engineer, where he developed system-level software and designed embedded computer systems for industrial applications. In his first year at National Instruments, the company’s research & development department recognized Mr. Conrad as the Rookie of the Year. During his engineering studies at the University of Texas, he worked for the Applied Research Laboratories where he developed controller software and designed embedded computers for high-resolution underwater sonar systems for the U.S. Navy. Mr. Conrad is fluent in numerous computer software languages including Go, Python, JavaScript, C, C++, SQL, Ruby, and Java.

Mr. Conrad also tried criminal cases in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office as part of its Lawyer on Loan program, where he picked the jury or first-chaired more than ten jury trials, trying each of those cases to verdict.

He is also active in the community, handling pro bono litigation in partnership with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and working on pro bono matters for Texas Appleseed, the Texas Defenders Service, and Immigration Equality.

Education

University of Texas at Austin School of Law 2007
J.D.
Associate Editor, The Review of Litigation
with honors


University of Texas at Austin 2001
Electrical Engineering, B.S.

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2007
  • Texas 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Other Distinctions

Named as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by The Best Lawyers in America© (2021).

Named a Texas “Super Lawyer” for Intellectual Property, Super Lawyers, 2019, 2020.

Named a “Lawyer on the Rise,” Texas Lawyer, 2017.

Named a Texas “Rising Star” for Intellectual Property, Super Lawyers, 2015, 2016.

Publications & Presentations

Speaker, “Website Scraping and Compulife v. Newman,” Webinar, Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association (Sept 5, 2020).

Author, “‘Scraping’” of a Publicly-Accessible Website Database May Be Misappropriation of Trade Secrets,” Fish Litigation Blog (July 13, 2020).

Speaker, “Trade Secrets: Protection and Defense in the New Remote Environment,” Texas General Counsel Forum (June 25, 2020).

Co-Author, “Federal Circuit Rules No “Prevailing Party” for Attorneys’ Fees under § 285 after Plaintiff’s Voluntary Dismissal – Even Where Defendant Invalidates Patent-in-Suit,” Fish Litigation Blog (April 14, 2020).

Quoted, “Hackers Bombarded Zoom Conference With AG on Line: 5 Tips for Lawyers,” Law.com (April 7, 2020).

Speaker, “Remote Advocacy in the Age of Social Distancing,” Fish & Richardson, Webinar (April 1, 2020).

Quoted in Law360 Article, “Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19” (March 30, 2020).

Co-Author, “What do human traffickers, money launderers, and patent non-practicing entities have in common?,” Fish Litigation Blog (May 2, 2018).

Co-Author, “Federal Circuit Holds that Plaintiff Bears the Burden of Proving Venue in Patent Cases,” Fish Litigation Blog (May 22, 2018).

Co-Author, “Federal Circuit Takes Up Venue Burden Issue,” Fish Litigation Blog (February 23, 2018).

Co-Author, “Unanswered Questions After TC Heartland,” Fish Litigation Blog (December 17, 2017).

Speaker, “Evidence of Prior Art at the PTAB: Rigorous Proof, or Else,” Intellectual Property Owners Association, Webinar, (January 19, 2017).

Author, “Federal Circuit Affirms the Dismissal of a Complaint That Insufficiently Pleaded Joint Infringement,” Fish Litigation Blog (October 13, 2016).

“Mining the Patent Thicket: The Supreme Court’s Rejection of the Automatic Injunction Rule in eBay v. MercExchange,” Rev. Litig. 26, 119 (2007).

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