David Holt is a principal in the Washington, D.C., office of Fish & Richardson P.C. His practice supports post-grant proceedings and patent prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (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 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in several proceedings. Mr. Holt has been listed as counsel in over 75 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 USPTO (2007-2008), where he handled patent applications in the digital camera art. He also worked as a software engineer for the Northrop Grumman Corp. (2005-2007), where he designed test software for ground-based radar systems.
J.D., George Washington University Law School 2011
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2005
Computer and Electrical Engineering
- District of Columbia 2019
- Virginia 2011
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2009
- Named a “Leading Patent Professional” and recommended for post-grant proceedings by IAM Patent 1000 (2019-2021)
- “Settlement Doesn’t Guarantee End Of Post-Grant Proceeding,” Law360 (February 14, 2014)
- “Drafting Patent Applications to Survive IPR,” Fish Post-Grant for Practitioners Webinar (May 12, 2021)
- “Updates to the AIA Trial Practice Guide,” Fish Post-Grant for Practitioners Webinar (August 11, 2019)
- “Part XI: Standing Before the Panel: Strategies for Post-Grant Oral Hearings,” Fish Post-Grant for Practitioners Webinar (December 13, 2013)
- “The New Age of Enforcement: Post-Grant. How to Avoid Being the Victim When Asserting Your Patents,” The IP Strategy Summit: Enforcement, Washington, DC (May 29, 2013)
- Quoted in “Uptick in 2020 PTAB Cases May Signal New Normal” Law360 (March 10, 2021)
- Quoted in “6 PTAB Issues that Came to A Head in 2019”Law360 (2019)