June 6, 2020

David Elkins

David Elkins has led our global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group since 2010. Based in Silicon Valley, David serves as lead trial and arbitration counsel in patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, false advertising and copyright actions nationwide.

Following outstanding client feedback, David has been named a “star lawyer” in the Acritas Stars™ global database in 2017 and 2018: “He’s a very dedicated lawyer and we can have full confidence and trust that he will act in our interests”; “The quality of his advice: it is sharp, it is to the point, and it’s very concise and relevant.” David has also been a Thomson Reuters Northern California Super Lawyer since 2014.

David served for more than seven years on the Silicon Valley Board of Directors of Playworks, including several years as the board’s chair. Playworks (which David continues to support) is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning at low-income, urban schools by transforming recess and play into a positive experience – helping kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity throughout the school day.


  • Lead counsel for our stealth-mode battery technology company client in an arbitration (JAMS) against two former R&D scientist-employees who, after the respective employment of each terminated, wrote and published a journal article unlawfully disclosing a number of our client’s key trade secrets. Our client’s trade secret misappropriation and related claims will be tried in a multiple-day hearing scheduled for June 2018.
  • Lead counsel for the famous Muirfield Village Golf Club, securing a TRO, preliminary injunction and, ultimately, a permanent injunction in S.D. Ohio, preventing a Texas LLC from claiming exclusive rights to Muirfield’s 40+ year old trademark for its annual PGA Tour tournament.
  • Lead trial and appellate counsel for Venture Corporation Ltd and Venture Design Services, Inc. Following a two-week jury trial in N.D. Cal., the jury (i) confirmed our clients’ ownership of patents that a former employee claimed to have invented before his employment commenced, and (ii) rejected the former employee’s counterclaims seeking US$52 million-US$103 million in damages. Venture Corp. Ltd v. Barrett, No. 5:13-CV-03384-PSG, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165809, 2015 WL 8479475 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 9, 2015). After the Court of Appeals affirmed, Venture Corp. Ltd v. Barrett, Case No. 15-17439, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 14174 (9th Cir. Aug. 2, 2017), the district court awarded our clients more than US$1.4 million in attorneys’ fees and related expenses.
  • Lead counsel for Zippo Manufacturing Co., maker of the iconic windproof lighter, in a number of trademark enforcement actions. In one action, David first-chaired our enforcement of one of Zippo’s trademark families in an infringement action in C.D. Cal. while directing parallel litigation in the German Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main and in the High Court of Justice in London. The parallel proceedings resolved by settlement on the eve of trial in C.D. Cal.

Articles in the National Law Review database by David Elkins