David V. Carlson

Chair of the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group

David's practice focuses on electrical, software, and mechanical patent matters, including obtaining, licensing, and litigating patents. He has a great deal of practical experience providing strategic planning to protect a client's technology. He can prepare a strategy to assist your company in obtaining patent coverage on your key inventions. If you need to enforce these patents or defend a lawsuit against your company, he has extensive experience assisting companies protecting themselves and their IP.

While a partner of Seed, Dave has prepared and filed many hundreds of patent applications and amendments. He has engaged in numerous license negotiations and prepared many license agreements. Dave has also been the lead counsel in several patent lawsuits, including many Markman hearings. He specializes in both preparing and enforcing patents. Before joining Seed IP Law Group, Dave was a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also previously worked as a patent attorney with Texas Instruments, where he specialized in obtaining U.S. and Japanese patent protection on semiconductor devices, computer design, and electronic systems.

Dave was a faculty member of the University of Washington School of Law from 1996 to 2015, where he taught a course on patent preparation and prosecution. He also was a founding member of CASRIP (Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property) in 1993 and lectured there each summer as a faculty member from 1994 to 2014.

J. Reuben Clark Law School of Law - Brigham Young University

J.D. 1982

Brigham Young University

Electrical Engineering

B.S. 1979

Washington College of Law, American University

1981-1982 (attended)

Dave is a member of the state bars of Washington (1988) and Texas (1983), and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association (president, 1996-97), the Japan America Society, and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of Eta Kappa Nu.


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Honors & Awards

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2011-2022

Selected to Washington Super Lawyers®, 2001, 2003 & 2005-2007, 2012-2022

Top Rated AV Preeminent™ Intellectual Property Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2000-2022

Recommended, IAM Patent 1000, Transactions: Washington, 2018-2022

Recommended, IAM Patent 1000, Litigation: Washington, 2018-2020

Recommended, IAM Patent 1000, Prosecution: Washington, 2017

Seattle Metropolitan‘s “Top Lawyers” issue, 2010

Top 40 Washington IP Super Lawyers® honoree, 2006 & 2008

Washington’s Most Amazing Attorneys® honoree, 2006

Outstanding Service Award, University of Washington School of Law 2002-2003

President, Washington State Patent Law Association, 1996-1997