January 24–27, 2022
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David McCombs

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David McCombs is a partner with Haynes Boone, LLP, where he is primary counsel for many leading corporations in inter partes review (IPR) and is regularly identified as one of the most active attorneys appearing before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). His clients benefit from his 35 years of practice, which include appellate argument, patent litigation, and portfolio development.

Nationally ranked, David is recognized for having a “strong Federal Circuit patent litigation practice and prominent PTAB expertise” (Chambers Global, 2019, Chambers and Partners). Chambers Global 2020, Chambers and Partners, describes him as “one of the best, not just of patent practitioners but practitioners generally” and “extremely organized, responsive, thoughtful and calm.”

David’s clients appreciate that he is an “ultra-organized, extremely responsive and sophisticated counselor who is a true pleasure to partner with” and a “zealous but very professional advocate” (IAM Patent 1000, 2020, Law Business Research). David has also been cited as “a leading practitioner when it comes to the thoughtful and strategic analysis of patents in the marketplace and critical opinion work” (IAM Patent 1000, 2019, Law Business Research). He is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.

David’s work for clients is enhanced by his experience as in-house patent counsel prior to joining the firm in 1989. He worked for a diversified technology company with a long history of developing breakthrough chemical/material science, diagnostic, robotics, and motion management technologies.

David is an active educator, writer, and speaker on topics related to patent law and intellectual property litigation. He is the co-author of “Intellectual Property Law,” published annually by Southern Methodist University’s (SMU’s) renowned SMU Law Review (2010-present) and is an adjunct professor at SMU’s Dedman School of Law. He also serves on the conference planning committees and faculty for the Annual Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute (2001-present), and the Advanced Patent Law Institute at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2006-present).

Sessions with David McCombs

01:00 PM EST
January 24, 2022

The PTAB Tomorrow: Top 5 Most Important Issues Facing the PTAB & New Director in 2022

With Director Vidal slated to lead the USPTO over the next few years, and pressure from Congress to recalibrate PTAB practice, what is expected under the new administration?  Will discretionary practices under 314(a) change? What other initiatives are expected, or desired for adapting the Board to new litigation and market realities? CLE Materials Top Issues for the U.S. Patent and…

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