David McCombs is primary counsel for many leading corporations in inter partes review, reexamination, and concurrent patent litigation in the federal courts and before the U.S. Patent Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His practice spans 30 years and includes Federal Circuit appellate argument, patent litigation, licensing and technology transfer, patent portfolio development and drafting, and dispute resolution.
Mr. McCombs is the firm-wide chair of the technology practice of Haynes and Boone. He has a Physics degree and represents clients in diverse technologies that include electronics, semiconductors, software, telecommunications, medical devices, and energy equipment.
Mr. McCombs helps lawyers inside technology companies that face high-risk and often time-sensitive IP issues, both in the litigation and business context. He works with them to develop and execute intellectual property best practices designed to both maximize value and manage exposure to patent risk, and avoid litigation.
Prior to joining Haynes and Boone in 1989, he served as in-house patent counsel for a diversified technology company located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, with a long history of developing breakthrough chemical/material science, diagnostic, robotics, and motion management technologies.
In Docket Navigator’s Year in Review 2014, David McCombs was listed as one of the top ten “Attorneys in the PTAB.” In Chambers & Partners' America's Leading Business Lawyers for 2003-2015, Mr. McCombs was named among Texas' leading intellectual property attorneys. He was honored in Intellectual Asset Magazine's Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2014. Mr. McCombs has also been named as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas," by D Magazine, 2002-2012 and 2015; a "Texas Super Lawyer," by Texas Monthly Magazine for 2003-2014; and one of The Best Lawyers in America in Intellectual Property Law (2005-2015). Additionally, he was recognized as a "2015 Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Intellectual Property by Best Lawyers. Mr. McCombs is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory and was selected as Best Lawyers' 2013 Dallas Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year and Dallas Technology Law Lawyer of the Year.
Speeches and Publications
Mr. McCombs is active in many continuing legal education organizations, and regularly writes and speaks on a variety of topics. He is the co-author of “Intellectual Property Law,” published annually by The SMU Law Review (2010-present). He serves on the conference planning committee and faculty for the Annual Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute, jointly sponsored by the Stanford Program in Law, Science, & Technology, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at Boalt Hall, and the University of Texas School of Law (2001-present). He also serves on the conference planning committee and faculty for the Advanced Patent Law Institute at the United States Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, jointly sponsored with the University of Texas School of Law, George Mason School of Law, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office (2006-present). He also serves as the Chair of the Institute for Law and Technology of the Center for American and International Law (2007-present).
- "Inter Partes Review in Patent Disputes," Corporate Disputes Magazine, July-September, 2014.
- "Interplay of PTO Review and District Court Litigation," Doug Cawley and David McCombs, 10th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation Course, Texas Bar CLE, San Antonio, Texas, July 17, 2014.
- "The PTAB Petition, Pre-Trial Phase, and Trial Institution," Co-Presenter, USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2014, Practising Law Institute, New York, NY, March 27, 2014.
- "Lessons Learned for the Post-Issuance Proceedings," Co-Presenter, 27th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, Texas State Bar, Dallas, TX, March 19, 2014.
- "Federal Circuit Appeals From the PTAB: A New Game or Just the Same Old Practice," Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society, November 22, 2013.
- "Critical Issues Still Facing Patent Law," Advanced Practice under the America Invents Act, Institute for Law and Technology, Center for American and International Law, Dallas, Texas, April 12, 2013.
- "Ethics in the Post-AIA World," 15th Annual Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, The University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio, March 4, 2013.
- "Federal Circuit Appeals From the PTAB: A New Game or Just the Same Old Practice?" co-author, Haynes and Boone White Paper, February 1, 2013.
- "Litigation Strategies After AIA," 2013 Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, The United States Patent and Trademark Office, George Mason University School of Law, and The University of Texas School of Law, Alexandria, Virginia, January 24, 2013.
- "Trial Practice in Contested Proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board," 50th Anniversary Conference on Intellectual Property Law, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, November 12, 2012.
- "Ethics-Related Implications of the America Invents Act," Intellectual Property Owner’s IP Chat Channel, October 23, 2012.
- "Risk Management and Intellectual Property," 2012 Symposium on Global Markets – Managing Risks and Potential Liabilities in Uncertain Times: The Duties and Responsibilities of the International Lawyer, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, June 19, 2012.
- "Thinking Strategically About Inter Partes Review," 13th Annual Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute, The Stanford Program in Law, Science, & Technology, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at Boalt Hall, and the University of Texas School of Law, San Jose, California, December 6, 2012.
- "The Corporate Response to New Legislation: Changes in Portfolio Development and Patent Defense Strategies," 2012 Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, The United States Patent and Trademark Office, George Mason University School of Law, and The University of Texas School of Law, Alexandria, Virginia, January 19, 2012.
- "The New Calculus for Challenging Patents Under the America Invents Act," 23rd Annual All Hands Meeting, Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, Santa Clara, California, December 7, 2011.
- "Alternative Dispute Resolution in Patent Cases," State Bar of Texas Advanced Patent Litigation Course, San Antonio, Texas, July 2010.
- "Inter Partes Reexamination," 4th Annual Patent Law Institute, Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, California, March 22, 2010.