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David Holt

David Holt is a Principal in the Washington, D.C.*, office of Fish & Richardson. His practice supports patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings before the USPTO.

Mr. Holt has considerable experience in post-grant proceedings from the perspective of both the petitioner and the patent owner, including presenting oral arguments before the PTAB in a Covered Business Method (CBM) proceeding. Mr. Holt has been listed as counsel in over 25 USPTO post-grant trials, and been involved in the development of strategy and preparation of filings for many more.Mr. Holt also has extensive experience drafting patent applications, examiner responses, and patent-related opinions.

Mr. Holt is technically focused on the electrical, computer-related, physics and mechanical arts. As such, he has extensive experience in the following technologies: Internet-driven solutions, network systems and protocols, data storage and retrieval standards and media, microprocessor and computer architecture, digital cameras and photography equipment, statistical data analytic solutions, mobile and other communications equipment and processes, display technologies, semiconductor devices and fabrication processes, signal and image processing techniques, complex optical and mechanical devices, error detection and correction techniques, telecommunications, financial processes, acoustics and video standards and equipment, turbine engine technology, and high-temperature protective coatings.

Mr. Holt is a former Patent Examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (2007-2008), where he handled patent applications in the digital camera art. He also worked as a software engineer for the Northrop Grumman Corporation (2005-2007), where he designed test software for ground-based radar systems.

*Admitted only in Virginia. Not admitted to practice in D.C. Work conducted in D.C. is limited to patent-related matters before the USPTO or federal courts and is directly supervised by a member of the DC Bar.


J.D., George Washington University Law School 2011

B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2005
Computer and Electrical Engineering


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2009
  • Virginia 2011


Quoted, “6 PTAB Issues That Came To A Head in 2019,” Law360, (December 20, 2019).

Recognized in “The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” by IAM Patent 1000 and recommended for post-grant proceedings (2019).

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