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  • Education
    • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Houston Law Center, 2013, Houston Law Review; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barons
    • B.S., with distinction, University of Waterloo, 2008, Mechatronics Engineering
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2015
    • Colorado, 2016
    • Texas, 2013

David Mika strives to protect client technology and develop intellectual property strategies that align with clients’ business interests. His technical background reflects his passion for new technology and enables him to quickly assess and understand innovations. Dave’s broad legal background, which includes both patent prosecution and litigation, ensures that clients fully realize the value of their intellectual property assets through robust legal protection.

Dave’s work with diverse clients from early stage startups to Fortune 500 companies and across multiple industries enables him to understand client needs and to develop smart and strategic intellectual property solutions. Whether opinions on patentability or freedom-to-operate, domestic or foreign patent applications and prosecution, or broader portfolio strategy and planning, Dave takes a client-focused approach that provides genuine, long-term value to his clients.

Dave prides himself on his ability to dive into new technologies and credits his learning mindset with being able to readily grasp and identify the importance of new technologies. Nevertheless, Dave has particular experience in the following areas:

  • Software including software systems incorporating artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Oilfield services equipment including drilling, completions, data collection and processing, and unconventionals
  • Medical devices including pacemakers, spinal surgery devices, and endoscopic tools
  • Telecommunications and other network technologies 
  • Fitness and exercise equipment
  • Food processing systems including microwave heating systems
  • Developed patent portfolio strategies and internal innovation disclosure processes for multiple early-stage startups focusing on AI-driven software platforms. 
  • Drafted and prosecuted mechanical, electrical, and software patent applications related to the construction, operation, and delivery of pacemaker devices for a Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer. 
  • Led patent prosecution for multiple medical and personal device start-ups, including preparation, filing, and prosecution of both domestic and foreign applications.
  • Conducted clearance and freedom to operate searches and prosecuting patent applications related to oil field data collection and analytics, including the use of such data to monitor and control drilling and recovery operations.
  • Performed freedom to operate searches and drafted patent applications related to fitness tracking devices and exercise equipment, primarily in the area of cycling.
  • Drafted patent applications related to content distribution and network traffic routing for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company.