David Nicholson

Partner at Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP

David Nicholson is a founding partner of Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP. He is a registered patent attorney who focuses on IP protection in the software and hardware industries. He provides a broad range of patent-related services, including preparation and prosecution of patent applications (both foreign and domestic), design and evaluation of patent programmes, review and evaluation of patent portfolios, due diligence evaluations, post-grant proceedings, litigation support and opinions regarding patent validity and infringement. His background in electrical and computer engineering has enabled him to work on many interesting technologies, including:

  • processors, including general purpose, network and security;
  • chipsets;
  • network devices, including routers and firewall/virtual private network security appliances;
  • disk-based storage systems for data recovery and fabrication, including micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) devices, thin-film transistors in liquid-crystal displays and pulse code modulation; and
  • software, including network security, cryptography, routing protocols, network management, social networking, compression and decompression of data (including video and audio standards such as MPEG-4), database access (including object-oriented designs), data protection, and retention and back-up utilities.

Before practising law, Mr Nicholson worked in the special purpose processor development group at the Mayo Clinic, designing MEMS devices and analysing existing application-specific integrated circuit designs, including both digital and analog devices.

Mr Nicholson was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014-2018) and a Top Patent Prosecutor by PatentBuddy (2011), and was listed in the IAM Patent 1000 (2015-2020).

He has a BSEE from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD from the University of Houston.

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Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP
99 Almaden Blvd 710
San Jose CA 95113-1605
United States

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