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David J. Trautschold



Clients look to David for help in obtaining patents and in managing their intellectual property portfolios. His proven track record as a patent prosecutor, together with his academic training as a biomechanical engineer, give him the depth of technical knowledge and legal experience needed to tackle the issues facing client innovators.

David has experience with consumer products such as outdoor power equipment, furniture, office supplies, computer accessories, power tools, motorcycles, medical devices, and robotic storage and dispensing systems. He has also worked on industrial machinery and software applications.

David also advises clients ranging from start-ups to multinationals on the management of their IP portfolios, and works with both manufacturing and high-tech companies in developing their patent portfolios.


David has extensive experience in:

  • Drafting utility and design patent applications
  • Prosecuting patent applications to allowance
  • Conducting right-to-use and patentability searches
  • Analyzing patents for validity
  • Helping clients design around competitor patents
  • Developing global patent filing strategies
  • Enforcing patents, trademarks, and copyrights against competitors
  • Defending clients from infringement allegations through non-infringement positions and post-grant proceedings 



Community Involvement

  • Pro bono legal assistance at the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic
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