David R. Clonts

David R. Clonts focuses on intellectual property litigation and strategic counseling.

Practice & Background

Mr. Clonts is active in all aspects of intellectual property protection, with a particular focus on, and experience in, electronics, software, computer technology, medical devices, networks and the Internet, telecommunications systems and protocols, and business methods. In these fields he has litigated over 50 patent cases, provided strategic intellectual property guidance and counseling, licensed intellectual property, and managed intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions.
Representative Matters

Mr. Clonts’ recent experience includes:

defending one of the world’s largest semiconductor memory chip manufacturers against patent infringement claims to a take-nothing jury verdict in New Jersey. The case was named in the National Law Journal’s 2007 “Defense Hot List.”
defending one of the nation’s top broadband communications providers in three patent cases to favorable settlements, two in the Eastern District of Texas
representing successfully a patentee against a competitor for the patent infringement of a radar detector patent
representing successfully the plaintiff in a multimillion-dollar patent suit regarding encryption technology in garage door openers; case settled in favor of our client on the eve of trial
representing an indemnity defendant in litigation and successfully obtaining an indemnity following settlement of a set-top cable-box technology patent
representing a plaintiff alleging infringement of a patent related to blades for use in microkeratomes, ophthalmic devices used in LASIK; settled favorably to client, with defendant exiting the business
defending client against patent infringement claims regarding answering-machine technology; case settled on terms favorable for client

Long-Term Counseling Relationships

advice, counseling and litigation to one of the top ophthalmic medical device companies for over 15 years, focusing on refractive medical devices, lasers and lenses
strategic counseling and opinion work for one of the nation’s top telecommunications service providers for nearly 10 years, focusing on mobile telephony, network systems and business methods
counseling, strategic transaction analysis and patent litigation for one of the nation’s top broadband providers for over five years, focusing on network technology, routing and content delivery.

Awards & Accolades

Best Lawyers in America for Patent Litigation (2013 and 2014)
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2005 to 2014)
Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007 to 2013)

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) IP Transactions, 2) Intellectual Property, 3) Inter Partes Review, 4) Internet and New Media Litigation and Counseling, 5) Patent Litigation, 6) Post-grant Proceedings, 7) Strategic IP Counseling, 8) Communications and Information Technology and 9) Health Care and Life Sciences
Law School University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1991
Education Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S.E.E., 1987
Bar Member / Association Texas State Bar Associations
Most recent firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
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