David O'Dell


Education and Clerkships

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

Electrical Engineer, University of Texas at Austin, 1987



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 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.


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Featured in Best Lawyers in America 2018

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 107 Haynes and Boone lawyers across 56 practice areas in its 2018 edition.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2017

Selected Client Representations

David's technology law experience includes:

  • Representing clients in more than 80 inter partes reviews (IPRs), including hearings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Representing clients in more than 70 reexaminations, including hearings before the PTAB.
  • 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.



Haynes and Boone Successfully Settles Patent Infringement Suit

Haynes and Boone helped client Lynk Labs, Inc., a leading LED technology manufacturer, settle a patent infringement and breach of contract suit against Acuity Brands, Inc.

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

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2017-2018
  • 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

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