David N. Weiss is the managing partner of our Los Angeles office. Mr. Weiss focuses on domestic and international patent protection, copyright protection, trade secret protection, and other forms of intellectual property protection. His technical experience includes electronic, software, and computer-related technologies, as well as communication technologies, mechanical devices, and e-commerce.
In addition, Mr. Weiss’ practice includes general counseling on licensing and infringement issues, drafting license and confidentiality agreements, as well as intellectual property due diligence studies and related negotiations for mergers and acquisitions. He also frequently conducts in-house seminars to assist clients in identifying and prioritizing patentable inventions.
Mr. Weiss currently represents clients in a wide range of technologies, including wireless and VoIP communications, media distribution, video encoding and decoding, computer security, semiconductor devices, solar power, mass storage systems, healthcare information technology, optical network architectures, instrumentation, and automated processing systems. He also represents software clients in matters involving e-commerce, electronic watermarking, restaurant management, phone applications, gaming, and electronic business methods.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Weiss worked for Hughes Aircraft from 1979 to 1985, where he was a lead engineer and designer of avionics, memory systems and automated test equipment. He then worked at Lockheed Electronics as a senior principal engineer. Subsequently, Mr. Weiss joined Smiths Industries, where he was section head of their microprocessor and digital design group, as well as project manager of their flat panel display systems product line.
Mr. Weiss joined the firm in 1995 and became a partner in 2000.
- Recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of "the most influential intellectual property attorneys" in the LA region (2017)
- Received the "Sector Award: Best Clean Technology Team" by Acquisition International Magazine (2014)
Speeches & Seminars
“Patent Protection for Startups” – ICFO Capital, Los Angeles, California
“Intellectual Property Protection and Silicon Beach” – Santa Monica, California
“Drafting Intellectual Property Licensing Agreements: Pitfalls for the Unwary” – Orange County Licensing Executive Society, Irvine, California
“Stay on the Cutting Edge: Patent Protection for the Film and Television Industries” – Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Business Journal Intellectual Property Roundtable
“Patent Acquisition Strategies” - Los Angeles, California
“What Businesses and Engineers Need To Know About Recent Developments in Patent Law” - The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Los Angeles, California
“Patent Prosecution in view of Patent Litigation” – University of California, Los Angeles
“Intellectual Property Basics” - Los Angeles, California
“Recent Patent Decisions” - University of California, Los Angeles
“Legal Career Opportunities for Scientists and Engineers” – University of California, Los Angeles
Speaker, Intellectual Property Licensing, U.S. Department of Commerce, SABIT Intellectual Property Rights Program, March 2013
Lecturer at numerous seminars on topics involving patent and trade secret protection for electronic, computer, and e-commerce technologies.