David Hoffman has been an attorney practicing exclusively in intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition) since 1985. He has a B.S. from MIT and earned his law degree at University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hoffman represents multinational companies as well as numerous start up to medium size businesses. He both litigates and procures rights for his clients, and with his philosophy of procuring the broadest rights possible, performing good clearance procedures, and negotiating, has successfully avoided and minimized litigation for clients he counsels. Mr. Hoffman has taught for a patent bar review class, has authored articles and given lectures on intellectual property, and has been named to Who’s Who Millennium Edition and Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans in American Society & Business.
Mr. Hoffman has broad based experience in all phases of intellectual property practice: licensing of computer software and other inventions, counseling and procurement in various technologies including computer software, business and internet processes, mechanical, electrical, electromechanical, microprocessor control, medical, optics and materials science, as well as litigation. He has also performed numerous patentability, validity and infringement studies and due diligence and clearance projects. He obtains and manages foreign as well as domestic protection for patents, trademarks and copyrights. He is adept at Reexamination, Reissue, Oppositions and other complex patent office proceedings. Early in his career, he worked in a prominent Washington, D.C. patent firm, and obtained invaluable experience with personal interviews with patent examiners, personally performing patent searches at the patent office, and handling very difficult issues with the patent office.
2003-present HOFFMAN PATENT GROUP Valencia, California
1996-2002 CISLO & THOMAS LLP Santa Monica, California Partner
1989-1995 CHRISTIE, PARKER & HALE Pasadena, California Attorney
1985-1989 SUGHRUE, MION, ZINN, MACPEAK & SEAS Washington, DC Attorney
JD, May 1985
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LAW SCHOOL Philadelphia, PA
Top 40%. Appellate court competition.
Copy editor for law school paper.
BS, June 1982 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Cambridge, MA
GPA 4.7 (5.0 scale), Top 20%. Member Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) Invitee.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Registered Patent Attorney
Courts – Central, Southern and Northern District Courts of California, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Associations: Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, Los Angeles County Bar; Eastern District of Michigan
Member of Provisors Networking Organization (trusted advisors to businesses)
Member of Ten Esquire (Attorney networking group)
Who’s Who Millennium Edition
Competent Toastmaster Award
Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans in 1992
EXTENDED LIST OF EXEMPLARY AUTHORSHIPS AND PRESENTATIONS
“The Need for a Reliable Test of Software Patentability,” David L. Hoffman, Los Angeles Lawyer, July-August 2014.
“Determining the Value of a Patent or Patent Application, ” David L. Hoffman, Valley Lawyer, July 2014.
“When Selecting A New Wine Name, Do I Need To Avoid Names Used For Beer & Other Alcoholic Beverages?,” David L. Hoffman, The Grapevine, Nov-Dec 2013.
“China’s Trademark Law May Not Go Far Enough,” David L. Hoffman, Dec. 2013, Los Angeles Daily Journal.
“How To Protect Against Domain name Piracy & Other Domain Name Issues,” David L. Hoffman, The Grapevine, Sept-Oct 2013.
“Eight Simple Tips To Protect Your Intellectual Property,” David L. Hoffman, The Grapevine, July-Aug 2013.
“Best Practices Under the America Invents Act (AIA),” David L. Hoffman, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, June 2013. (Presentation)
“How Important is a Trademark?” David L. Hoffman interview with Fred Arnold on Out of the Rough, SCV TV, June 28, 2013.
“Is Your Wine’s Label Properly Cleared?” David L. Hoffman, The Grapevine, May-June 2013.
“Obtaining A COLA Is Not Enough To Ensure The Right To Use A Mark,” David L. Hoffman, The Grapevine, March-April 2013.
“A Wine By Any Other Name Might Not Taste As Sweet” David L. Hoffman, The Grapevine, Jan-Feb 2013.
“What Every Business Owner Needs To Know About Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law,” David L. Hoffman, Ventura Bar Association, November 2012.
“Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights, Oh My!,” David L. Hoffman, Santa Clarita Magazine, July 2002.
“Copyright Basics,” David L. Hoffman, Santa Clarita Magazine, June 2002.
“Why Do I Need A Trademark Registration?,” David L. Hoffman, Santa Clarita Magazine, January 2002.
“Tailoring Nondisclosure Agreements to Client Needs,” David L. Hoffman and Robert J. Lauson, Los Angeles Lawyer, Special Technology Law Issue, Vol. 23, No. 7, October 2000.
“Cease-and-Desist Letters in Intellectual Property Disputes,” David L. Hoffman and Robert J. Lauson, Los Angeles Lawyer, Vol. 22, No. 6, September 1999, Reprinted in Computer Lawyer, Vol. 16, No. 12, December 1999.
“Recent Changes In Foreign Copyright Laws,” Perspectives, Summer 1995.