David Robert Brightman

Of Counsel | Palo Alto

dbrightman@mofo.com | (650) 813-6463

(650) 813-6463

David focuses his practice on IP and patent litigation and licensing. David has both firm and in-house experience with patent litigation and pre-litigation threats, defensive trademark litigation, patent licensing, and other IP transactional work including indemnities. David’s experience spans a wide range of technology areas, including fiber optics, internet advertising, search technology, and mobile applications.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, David was head of the IP/patent litigation department at Verizon Media (f/k/a Oath Inc., f/k/a Yahoo, which was acquired by Verizon Communications), where he proactively managed litigation in many different technical areas to achieve successful and cost-effective resolutions, advised and collaborated with various corporate departments to manage intellectual property risks, and negotiated and drafted settlements, licenses, NDAs, and IP and indemnity provisions in M&A, partnership, and other agreements. He served for three years as Yahoo’s board member at Allied Security Trust, a member-driven collective providing patent risk mitigation services.

At Yahoo David managed a patent case to a successful trial verdict in the Eastern District of Texas, and assisted with another E.D. Tex. patent trial, also reaching a successful verdict. He also worked on the IP due diligence related to the sale of Yahoo’s operating assets to Verizon.

Prior to and after Yahoo, David litigated patent infringement cases in various technologies in federal court and the International Trade Commission, including fiber optics, mobile applications, digital image processing, switching voltage regulators, microprocessor power management, and hard disk sputtering equipment.

David received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, where he received the Moot Court Distinguished Brief Writer Award. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.

David is registered to practice in California and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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