Practice Areas

Dave Stevens’ IP practice includes patent prosecution, transactions, due diligence work, agreements, opinions (including validity, infringement, patentability, right-to-practice (RTP), and freedom-to-operate (FTO) opinions), counseling, offensive and defensive patent issues, licensing, and litigation. He also serves as an expert witness in technical and intellectual property legal issues and has been called as a fact witness in enforcement actions involving the many patents he has written. He also is an expert in copyright (including software, publications, products and artworks, and other copyrightable forms) and open source issues. He works with foreign IP firms and foreign clients with respect to domestic and international patent prosecution, including Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work.


The technical focus of his practice includes electronics, computer technology, automotive technology, communications, optical systems, green technologies, software, semiconductors, and mechanical devices.



  • Guided start-ups through Fortune 10 companies with respect to identifying IP for protection, filing for patent protection, and prosecuting patent applications
  • Provided assistance to foreign clients and associates with respect to patent filings in the United States
  • Provided assistance to U.S. clients with respect to patent filings in foreign countries
  • Assisted clients with internal IP quality and value audits
  • Supervised software audits regarding open source issues
  • Represented parties in defensive patent matters before the International Trade Commission and US District Courts, including Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas


Prior Professional Experience

Gray Cary LLP

Cooley Godward LLP

Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP



Juris Doctorate, University of Detroit, 1993

BSEE, Lawrence Technological University, 1990



State Bar of California

The District of Columbia

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Professional Associations

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

California Bar, Intellectual Property Section

Santa Clara Bar, Intellectual Property Section

Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)



“I have had the pleasure of working together with Dave and his company to file a patent while at Agile Software. Dave’s technical background and business savvy ensured that he interfaced beautifully with both the technical side and the business side to understand what we were trying to patent and why. I have come to know Dave as a real entrepreneur with a strong sense of duty, a high degree of integrity and a person I am proud to call my friend. He created his company from the ground up to one of the best Silicon Valley based Patent Law Firms. I have to give Dave and his company the highest recommendation I can possibly give and will definitely work with him in the future.”

Dries D’hooghe, Senior Director of Product Strategy, Agile Software,


“Most of the patents I filed at Novafora were done with David. I have worked with many patent attorneys in the past, and Dave is surely the best. He is highly knowledgeable, professional, thorough, and punctual, and his work attitude, ethics, and integrity are second to none.”

Michael Bronstein


“I worked with Dave on patenting technology created by me and our engineering team. I was very impressed with Dave’s ability to understand the technology nuances (essential for drafting an effective patent). In addition, he was extremely easy to work with. Over 3+ patent filings, he was not only our patent attorney, but also a trusted adviser and friend.”

Supreet Oberoi, Vice President - IOT and Big Data at Oracle

David R. Stevens

Attorney at Law

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