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David W. Carstens

David W. Carstens

David W. Carstens

Partner at CARSTENS, ALLEN & GOURLEY, LLP | United States

As a founding partner, David Carstens is knowledgeable in all aspects of
intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade
secrets. He brings a diverse technical, business, and legal background to
develop effective strategies for clients. Mr. Carstens earned two technical
degrees, a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the
University of Texas at Dallas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical
Engineering from Texas A&M University. He holds both a law degree and
MBA from Southern Methodist University. His experience supports both
patent and trademark prosecution and litigation, assisting clients in
protecting computer software, cosmetics, oil field equipment, medical
devices, and telecommunications. His practice includes technology-related
transactions, including negotiating license agreements and evaluating
intellectual property in preparation for mergers. He counsels clients on
infringement issues, employee non-compete agreements, and confidentiality
agreements. He is a registered patent attorney and is licensed to practice
before the U.S. Supreme Court, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the
Northern District of Texas, and other federal courts. He has served as a court
appointed mediator and an expert witness in patent law. For over twenty-five
years, Mr. Carstens has also been an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist
University School of Law teaching courses on copyright law, patent law, legal
protection of computer software, and international intellectual property law.
In addition, he has lectured at numerous seminars on intellectual property
law, including those sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law and
the Center for American and International Legal Studies. He is the author or
co-author of several publications including Harvard Journal of Law &
Technology, Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, William and
Mary Law Review, and Journal of Contemporary Law.Partner