David Simson is an associate in the Litigation and Intellectual Property groups, focusing on complex commercial litigation and patent litigation. Mr. Simson has represented companies and individuals in complex business disputes including prosecuting and defending litigation of commercial contract, real estate and related matters in federal and state courts. Mr. Simson has experience assisting clients in disputes involving a wide variety of technology including semiconductors, image sensors, telephony, wireless and wired networking, databases, data warehouses, SaaS, mobile wallets and payments, location-based technology, advertising, malware protection and cybersecurity, batteries, and energy management, set-top boxes, and medical devices. Mr. Simson also has experience with standards and standard-essential patents relating to DSL, Wi-Fi, electronic payments, and video compression.
Mr. Simson has assisted pro bono clients to obtain domestic violence and elder abuse protective orders, and guardianships.
Mr. Simson received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2012, after a career in the Software Industry as both an individual contributor and manager for companies ranging in size from start-up to billion-dollar corporations. He received his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT in 1986.
During law school, Mr. Simson served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Jacqueline Scott Corley, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
- Represented general partner in internal partnership dispute involving multi-billion dollar commercial real estate development to expunge improperly recorded lis pendens.
- Represented a set-top-box and cable modem manufacturer accused of infringement of patents related to DSL standards and multimedia technology, in District Court and at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB/USPTO).
- Represented a semiconductor manufacturer accused of patent infringement and breach of contract by a competitor which formerly employed the client’s CEO. Patents relating to semiconductor lead frames and encapsulation were invalidated via IPR proceedings.
- Represented an advertising placement vendor in patent litigation by a competitor, in District Court and at the PTAB (where the competitor’s patent was invalidated in IPR).
- Represented an off-road-vehicle manufacturer in a dispute with a celebrity endorser which included claims of breach of contract, misuse of name and likeness, and theft of intellectual property.
- Advised a cosmetics manufacturer in a breach of contract, unfair competition, and patent dispute with its former customer, a large international cosmetics company.
- Represented a mobile internet company in a patent infringement suit against a provider of mobile wallet and payment applications.
- Advised financial service providers who were approached with a licensing demand to a portfolio of ex-American Express financial service and product patents directed to electronic payment standards.
- Represented an image sensor vendor accused of infringing semiconductor wafer bonding patents.
- Advised a semiconductor manufacturer involved in licensing discussions with a much larger competitor.
- Advised an electronic device manufacturer in disputes about royalties under several IP license agreements.
- Part of a team which conducted an internal investigation for a technology company facing SEC and DOJ inquiries and shareholder lawsuits after writing off the bulk of a multi-billion-dollar acquisition.
- Helped a client obtain a workplace violence restraining order against an end-user who threatened its employees and executives over the internet.