David focuses his practice on litigation and transactions involving trademarks, copyrights, and domain names, and related product and service development and distribution issues. A former software and web developer, he regularly handles cutting-edge disputes involving law and technology. David has developed particular expertise helping businesses navigate Internet, software, and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issues, and assists clients with the often novel application of intellectual property claims to cyber-based scams, intangible thefts, social media issues, and other Internet and software based disputes. He is the author of Bloomberg BNA’s Guide to the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and has represented clients dozens of anti-cybersquatting lawsuits – with hundreds of domain names and websites at issue.
David was named “Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal for intellectual property litigation, one of DC’s “Super Lawyers” (2016-2021) and “Rising Stars” (2013-2015) for Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine, and a “Leading Practitioner” in Information Technology Law (2016-2017) by Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology. He received the 2016 “Lonnie Borck Memorial Award” from the Internet Commerce Association for pro bono intellectual property litigation, and The Legal 500 US 2012 recognized him for his practice “relating to online and emerging technology.” He is also frequently interviewed by media outlets from around the world for commentary on intellectual property, Internet, and technology law issues, and is a frequent lecturer on these issues.
- Developing strategies for global enforcement of trademarks and copyrights in physical and cyber contexts.
- Representing parties in record-setting domain name transactions.
- Preparing a wide range of Internet, new media, and intellectual property agreements and opinions.
- Representing luxury consumer product companies in trademark, copyright, and patent actions throughout the country.
- Representing generic top-level domain (gTLD) applicants and registries, counseling clients on brand protection programs to address new gTLDs, and advising clients in more than one dozen gTLD objection proceedings.
- Representative Reported Cases:
- New Mgmt. Servs. LLC v. Newrngtservices, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137244 (E.D. Va. 2021).
- United Press Int’l v. Global One News, Inc., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89608 (M.D. Tenn. 2020).
- Opt out Servs. LLC v. Oproutprescreen, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188041 (E.D. Va. 2020).
- Stacy Plays Brands, LLC v. StacyPlays.com, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 205712 (E.D. Va. 2020).
- Jewels Connection, Inc. v. Oroclub.com, 2020 WL 5097515 (E.D. Va. 2020).
- Source LLC v. annaulcreditreports.com, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139270 (E.D. Va. 2020).
- K.F. Davis Eng'g, Inc. v. KFDE.com, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24383 (E.D. Va. 2020).
- Almeida v. TabelaFipeBrasil.com, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115279 (E.D. Va. 2020).
- Chem. Soc'y v. ACSMOBILE.ORG, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 203626 (E.D. Va. 2019).
- Diginus BV v. 1001.com, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 206592 (E.D. Va. 2019).
- Fractal Analytics, Inc. v. FractalAnalyticsInc.com, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 196896 (E.D. Va. 2019).
- Peterman v. Republican Nat'l Comm., 320 F. Supp. 3d 1151 (D. Mont. 2018).
- Montblanc-Simplo GmbH v. Ilnitsky, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24431 (E.D. Va. 2018).
- Central Source LLC v. 15 domain names, 2018 WL 2770194 (E.D. Va. 2018).
- 411 Mania.com, LLC v. Doe, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147547 (E.D. Va. 2017).
- Central Source LLC v. 10 domain names, 2017 WL 1337798 (E.D. Va. 2017).
- GMF, Inc. v. gmf.com, 2017 WL 2525134 (E.D. Va. 2017).
- Muscle Mass, Inc. v. Doe, 2017 WL 1532025 (E.D. Va. 2017).
- Intercontinental Data Communications Ltd. v. Doe, 2016 WL 8674624 (E.D. Va. 2016).
- Wagner v. Lindawagner.com, 202 F.Supp.3d 574 (E.D. Va. 2016), aff’d, 680 Fed. Appx. 240 (4th Cir. 2017).
- Montblanc-Simplo GmbH v. Montblanc-outlet.co, 2016 WL 9175602 (E.D. Va. 2016).
- Acme Billing Co., v. Doe, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65250 (E.D. Va. 2015).
- Central Source LLC v. 33 domain names, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53590 (E.D. Va. 2015).
- Central Source LLC v. 12 domain names, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104778 (E.D. Va. 2014).
- Central Source LLC v. 227 domain names, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110119 (E.D. Va. 2014).
- United Press Int’l v. UPIphoto.com, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 189667 ( Va. 2013).
- Electronic Creations Corp. v. Gigahertz, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88805 (N.D.N.Y. 2013).
- Transtex Comp., Inc. v. Laydon Comp., Ltd, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155476 (W.D. Ky. 2012).
- Myriad Dev., Inc. v. Alltech, Inc., 817 F. Supp. 2d 946 (W.D. Tex. 2011).
- Nokota Horse Cons., Inc. v. Bernhardt, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105142 (D. N.D. 2009).
- Bains Ultra Inc. v. 7677 East Berry Ave. Assoc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14633 (D. Colo. 2009).
- Alltech Inc. v. Myriad Dev. Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98707 (W.D. Va. 2008).
- American Bar Association (ABA), IP Section
- American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
- Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) of ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization
- International Trademark Association (INTA)
- Named to Law360’s Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board (2018)
- Recognized as one of the nation’s top “Intellectual Property Trailblazers” by The National Law Journal (2018)
- Named a “Leading Practitioner” in Information Technology Law by Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology (2016-2017)
- Named by The Legal 500 US a “recommended lawyer” in Copyright Law (2012)
- Named one of DC’s “Super Lawyers” (2016-2021) and “Rising Stars” for Intellectual Property Litigation (2013-2015) by Super Lawyers magazine
- Received the 2016 “Lonnie Borck Memorial Award” from the Internet Commerce Association
J.D., with honors, University of Maryland School of Law
B.A., Elon College
Articles Editor, Maryland Law Review
Bar and Court Memberships
- District of Columbia Bar
- Maryland Bar
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits
- U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado and District of Maryland
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