David S. Harper, Ph.D.

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David S. Harper is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. His practice comprises all phases of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark prosecution, litigation, client counseling, agreement work, due diligence analysis, and opinion work. He has particular technical expertise in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biologicals, diagnostics, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, molecular biology, and medical devices. He has handled IP portfolios for diverse clients developing a wide array of technologies, with a particular focus on start-up companies, early stage companies, and universities. He has particular expertise in advising corporate clients on navigating federal reporting requirements necessitated by development of technology using federal funding.

Representative Experience

  • Developing and managing IP portfolio involving automated cell screening assays for start-up client to successful licensing program and subsequent acquisition by Fortune 500 company
  • Developing and managing IP portfolios for a number of early stage drug development and diagnostics clients
  • Developing and managing IP portfolios in a wide range of technologies for a number of university clients, including coordinating with university licensees
  • Counseling of start-up and early stage clients, including non-infringement, invalidity, patentability, and freedom to operate opinions
  • Counseling of clients receiving federal funding to support technology development, including advising on steps required to obtain and maintain title to the technology


Speaking Engagements

  • "IP Considerations of SBIR Ventures," presented at Arizona State University Venture Catalyst SBIR Workshop, June 2011
  • "Legal Best Practices: Preparing to Enter into a Strategic Alliance," Arizona State University Venture Catalyst 2011 Strategic Alliances Workshop, June 2011
  • "Follow-on Biologics," presented at the Association of University Technology Manager's annual meeting, February 2011


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