David M Tennant
Partner at White & Case LLP
David M Tennant leads the Patent Office practice in White & Case’s Washington DC office. His background in electrical engineering gives him an unusually clear understanding of the highly technical concepts and products that he helps to patent and challenge in post-grant proceedings, in areas such as software, computer servers, network routers, microprocessors, semiconductor processes, semiconductor devices, image sensors, circuits, consumer electronics, and mobile products and services.
Mr Tennant has a successful track record of protecting and challenging patents in post-grant proceedings implemented under the America Invents Act. In such proceedings, clients benefit from his experience in both litigating complex patent cases in district courts and the International Trade Commission and procuring patents.
In patent procurement matters, Mr Tennant has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications. He understands how to leverage his patent litigation experience in order to obtain patents of utmost quality. In addition, clients turn to him for his guidance on establishing, developing, maintaining and leveraging their patent portfolios to maximise value.
Mr Tennant brings knowledge and insight to transactional matters, including patent licensing negotiations, technology agreement negotiations and service provider agreement negotiations. He also provides advice on patent invalidity, enforceability and infringement studies.
Mr Tennant is a frequent lecturer on all aspects of IP protection. International in experience and outlook, he has spent extended periods of time working abroad with a Japanese client and has served as in-house counsel for a leading Japan-based international consumer electronics manufacturer.