David Easwaran is a partner in the firm's Charlotte office, and a member of the IP Procurement and Portfolio Management practice group. His practice focuses on IP counseling for clients of all types, from universities and emerging startups, to some of the largest companies in the world. He brings a unique understanding of the patent questions affecting software innovation, having worked on these issues from a variety of perspectives in private practice, in-house, and even as a patent examiner. With his diverse experience in the IP field, David offers his clients practical guidance to capture the economic value of their innovation while mitigating the risks posed by third party IP. David has particularly rich experience in the financial services sector, having previously focused on financial services innovation as a patent examiner and as in-house IP counsel in the industry.
Prior to joining the firm, David spent many years practicing at other multinational law firms, where he focused on patent preparation, prosecution, and contentious matters relating to innovations in a wide range of industries including software, telecommunications, electronics, bioinformatics, cleantech, quantum computing, and many others. He brings to bear a well-rounded background, having started his IP career as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and later working as in-house IP counsel at one of the largest multinational banks.
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Patent Law, 2024
- Listed as a leader in North Carolina IP by the IAM Patent 1000, 2023
- Recognized by the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2021
- Intellectual Property Owner’s association (IPO) (Member, 2013-present)
- IPO U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee (Co-Chair, 2020; Vice Chair, 2021-present)
- Co-Author, “Financial Institutions Face Fork in Patent Road,” IP Watchdog, 28 October 2021