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David R. Schaffer

David R. Schaffer

David R. Schaffer is a principal with Miles & Stockbridge PC. He specializes in developing integrated and independent patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection strategies and systems tailored to specific client needs and resources. In addition to the above, he leads our Trademark practice area and represents clients in matters involving intellectual property protection strategy for obtaining, policing, protecting, and enforcing patents, copyrights, and trademarks. He also specializes in identifying and resolving patent, trademark, and copyright issues that arise in the computer (hardware and software), Internet, information technology, medical device, aseptic food processing, telecommunication, and blast and ballistic protection fields.

David works with large, high technology companies, small to medium-sized companies, universities, as well as with small startups and individuals. His patent experience includes the drafting and prosecution of computer hardware and software, Internet, business method, blast and ballistic protection equipment, mechanical, telecommunication, bioinformatics, biometrics and medical device patent applications. He is called upon to prepare patentability, infringement, and invalidity opinions; perform due diligence investigations; prepare sale and licensing agreements; prepare, file, and prosecute copyright and trademark registration applications; and participate in patent, copyright, and trademark litigation matters.

David and several other members of the IP Group have developed and implemented a highly configurable IP Strategy Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and a related proprietary software program to manage client portfolios and third party prior publications.

David performs website review and analysis for copyright and trademark issues, prepares related infringement cease and desist letters, negotiates settlement agreements, and represents clients before the TTAB in opposition and cancellation proceedings.

David has written and spoken on IP strategies for Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, the patentability of computer-related inventions, Internet-related technology patents and bioinformatics patent protection. Prior to joining Miles & Stockbridge, he was an associate with the law firm of Kenyon & Kenyon and before that, with Banner & Witcoff. Before entering the legal profession, David was a Consultant to the U.S. Navy for more than 16 years on numerous research and development, production and operational weapon, sensor and other hardware programs to include computer software/database development and support, computer hardware support, engineering, financial, logistics and management areas. David also taught high school chemistry.


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"The Case for a Comprehensive 360° IP Strategy: Step 2 – Analysis," IPFrontline (August 11, 2016).
"The Case for a Comprehensive 360° IP Strategy: Step 1 – Assessment," IPFrontline (August 08, 2016).
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