David L. Fehrman

David Fehrman works out of the Tokyo and Los Angeles offices of the firm. He handles litigation and post-grant Patent Office matters primarily related to electronics, semiconductor, electromechanical and software technologies. With his strong foundation in technology and patent prosecution, he brings a unique skill set and perspective to litigation matters. Mr. Fehrman has been involved in more than 40 PTO reexamination proceedings, and has obtained cancellation of the asserted claims in numerous cases. He is now active in the new inter partes review proceedings which took effect with the new America Invents Act.

Mr. Fehrman wrote the patent and was one of the lead attorneys in the case of Odetics v. Storage Technology, which went through two successful appeals to the Federal Circuit and resulted in a $71 million verdict and a $100 million settlement for the patent owner. The Federal Circuit’s opinion is one of the most frequently cited cases relating to “means plus function” claim limitations.

Mr. Fehrman has worked in the consumer electronics area for more than 30 years. He has been involved in numerous litigation matters on behalf of clients such as Yamaha Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Warner Bros., Fox, NBC Universal, Paramount Studios, Fujitsu and Ricoh.

He has worked with substantially all major television manufacturers in numerous cases regarding V-Chip parental controls and other television technology, and has written numerous successful summary judgment motions and appeal briefs. He has also worked on numerous matters for a number of movie studios in cases relating to feature film editing, DVD and Blu-Ray authoring and production and video compression including MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video compression.

Mr. Fehrman is active on behalf of several clients in various patent pools including MPEG-2 and DVD-6C licensing pools.

Mr. Fehrman is admitted to practice in California, Japan as a Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (registered foreign lawyer), and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Areas of Practice 1) Intellectual Property, 2) Patent Litigation, 3) Patent and Trademark Office Trial Group and 4) Patent Reexaminations
Law School Washington University School of Law (J.D., 1977)
Education Vanderbilt University (B.E., 1974)
Bar Member / Association State Bar Of California
Most recent firm Morrison & Foerster LLP
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