David V. Sanker

David V. Sanker, Ph.D. is an associate in Morgan Lewis’s Intellectual Property Practice. Dr. Sanker currently focuses his practice on patent prosecution, and has also represented clients in patent litigation.

In litigation, Dr. Sanker has successfully defended companies against infringement claims in district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Federal Circuit. The patents in these cases have spanned both software and semiconductor devices.

Dr. Sanker has filed numerous patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a wide variety of companies, and has prosecuted many applications to obtain allowance. Although many of the patent applications deal with data visualization software, large scale database software, and database analytic software, Dr. Sanker has handled many other areas as well, including a “Convertible Bag and Vest Combination” (U.S. Patent No. 8,387,166) for a pro bono client.

Dr. Sanker has also handled reexaminations before the USPTO. In 2013, Dr. Sanker successfully concluded reexamination of four patents, achieving confirmation of all claims in three patents and most claims for the fourth patent. In addition, new claims were added in the process to provide even better subject matter coverage.

Dr. Sanker earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 2007, where he was an article editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. While in law school, Dr. Sanker worked as an extern for Judge Saundra B. Armstrong of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Prior to attending law school, Dr. Sanker worked in software development for 12 years and spent three years as an assistant professor of mathematics at Holy Names College. Dr. Sanker earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and his B.S. in mathematics from the University of Oregon in 1983.

Dr. Sanker is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.


Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Intellectual Property, 2) Electrical Patents and 3) Mechanical Patents
Law School The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Admitted Year 2007
Education University of Oregon (B.S., 1983), University of California, Berkeley, 1989, Ph.D.
Bar Member / Association State Bar Of California
Most recent firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
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