David O'Dell


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1995

Electrical Engineer, University of Texas at Austin, 1987

Bar Admissions


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


David O'Dell, head of the Patent Trials Practice Group, has 20 years of experience in patent matters, including inter partes review (IPRs) and other types of patent trials, ex parte reexaminations, patent licensing, patent opinions and strategic defense, and patent prosecution. His technical areas of experience include semiconductor processing, circuit design, computer software and hardware, and telecommunications. Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, David was a professional engineer and worked for several years in the semiconductor industry as a circuit designer, semiconductor product engineer, and computer programmer.

David's technology law experience includes:

  • Representing clients in over 50 different inter partes reviews.
  • Representing clients in more than 70 inter partes and ex parte reexaminations, including hearings before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI, now the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or PTAB) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Drafting and prosecuting hundreds of original United States patent applications.
  • Developing intellectual property portfolios for both start-up and later stage technology companies.
  • Implementing competitor analysis and evaluation, and identifying and exploiting patent "white space" in the competitive landscape.
  • Representing and defending companies in the assertion of U.S. and foreign patents.
  • Counseling regarding patent validity and infringement opinions and the design and implementation of non-infringing alternatives to patented technology.
  • Working with trial lawyers in complex patent infringement suits.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed as one of the top ten “Attorneys in The PTAB,” according to Docket Navigator’s Year in Review 2014
  • Named as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2004
  • Listed in the "Hall of Fame" for patent prosecutors by American Lawyer's IP Law and Business, ALM Media Properties, LLC., October 2003

Professional and Community Activities

  • Phi Delta Phi legal honor society
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Patent Law Association
  • Registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent Office
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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