David W. Higer

David W. Higer

is an intellectual property litigation partner based in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He is an experienced trial lawyer with a national practice, including prior and current cases in federal district courts in California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York and Texas. He also has tried cases before the International Trade Commission and arbitration tribunals. Dave acts as lead counsel or lead counsel equivalent in his cases both in crafting complex litigation strategy and at trial and frequently handles large, complex cases and those involving cutting edge legal and technical issues. His practice focuses on advising clients in all aspects of patents, copyrights and trademarks, including trial and appellate litigation, alternate dispute resolution, patent post-grant review, and the assessment of potential opportunities or risks for particular patents, copyrights or trademarks.

Dave’s patent practice spans a wide range of clients and industries. He has experience litigating cases involving semiconductor technology, digital imaging technology (both hardware and software), optics, data bases, encryption, standards essential patents, telecommunications (both hardware and software), embedded systems, medical devices, and gaming technology. His copyright practice also spans a wide range of clients and industries. He has experience litigating architectural, pictorial, graphic and sculptural, and literary copyrights. He also has experience in litigating complex copyright issues related to international copyright law issues.

Dave’s recent trial practice has resulted in a trial victory in Delaware federal court, arbitration victories, the successful settlement of a highly-publicized dispute in the wireless industry, and the successful settlement of a long-running semiconductor dispute between industry rivals. Over his career, in addition to non-monetary relief, Dave has achieved well in excess of eight figures in settlement value for his clients. Dave has also successfully defended his clients against numerous claims for both monetary and non-monetary relief.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Intellectual Property, 2) Litigation, 3) Copyright, 4) Trademark, 5) Internet & Advertising Litigation, 6) Patent Infringement Litigation and 7) Patent Office Post-Grant Proceedings
Law School Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 2004, summa cum laude
Admitted Year 2004
Education University of Washington, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1995
Bar Member / Association State bar of Illinois
Most recent firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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