David G. Henry
Partner, Registered Patent Attorney

One of the most gratifying milestones in my relations with any client is when I grow into the role of a member of a client’s permanent team in planning for, implementing and meeting challenges over the years of a company’s growth.  That role has, in turn, led to my counting many of my client owners and management team members as among my closest personal friends.

With more than 30 years of experience dedicated to advising clients around the globe on the inception, protection and monetization of all types of intellectual property assets, David Henry is the Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. His practice is focused on handling a wide variety of patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters, ranging from enforcement and defense of rights in litigation to strategic planning, prosecution, registration and licensing. David is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Canadian Patent Office.

He has substantial experience in helping clients identify, strategically manage and protect both domestic and foreign intellectual property assets. At any given time, he is taking lead in a number of patent or trademark infringement actions before federal courts throughout the U.S., as well as certain, selected activities at the USPTO.

David has successfully resolved patent prosecution and litigation matters involving a broad range of technologies, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals and medical, surgical and dental devices, including scoliosis-related devices, surgical instruments, suturing tools, introducers plus many more. He has also prosecuted and litigated patents concerning petroleum exploration technologies, electrical grid management systems, prosthetic joints, food and beverage production technologies and devices, space mission systems and animal care products.

In addition to his career pursuits, David serves on a judicial advisory panel for formulating patent case rules and procedures and is passionate about teaching the next wave of lawyers and entrepreneurs. He has served as a patent law professor at Baylor Law School since 1994, and now teaches in the Entrepreneurship Program of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. David also serves as a director for the USPTO’s licensed IP clinic program at Baylor Law School, through which he mentors provisionally-licensed law students in servicing under-privileged inventors and entrepreneurs. In addition, he is an accredited CLE presenter for multiple bar associations as well as a speaker at periodic USPTO events.  

From his many years as an accomplished pilot (a factor behind his mantra of “geography is never an issue” in serving clients throughout the country), David posts periodic updates (including unique, pilot-perspective photographs) on his popular website: www.pilotatlaw.com.

Representative Experience
  • Representation of medical device company in parallel federal and chancery court cases involving theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, and breach of confidentiality agreements.
  • Representation of publicly held medical device company in defense of patent infringement case.
  • Representation of publicly held corporation as plaintiff in patent infringement litigation involving non-U.S. infringer.
  • Representation of privately held, multi-national company in multiple cases involving patent infringement, trademark infringement, and licensing violations.
  • Representation of petroleum exploration equipment company in two patent infringement matters.
  • Representation of privately held pet supply in patent infringement and breach of contact case.
  • Representation of soft drink company in trademark infringement action against a rival manufacturer.
Thought Leadership / News
May 23, 2022 
 Thought Leadership

Law360.com (subscription required)

February 25, 2022 
 Speeches and Presentations
IP Myths, Traps and Disaster Avoidance for Non-IP Attorneys and Their Firms

Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association CLE Program

February 18, 2022 
 Speeches and Presentations
Options for IP Protections That Might Not First Come to Mind (or, "What Was I [Not] Thinking?!")

State Bar of Texas Advanced Intellectual Property CLE

September 24, 2021 
 Speeches and Presentations
Intellectual Property

2021 Boss Conference

Honors
  • Baylor Law Solid Gold Neighbor Award (2019)
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazine (2014 - 2016)
Certifications
  • Registered Patent Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Registered Patent Attorney, Canadian Patent Office
  • Mediator, The University of Texas School of Law - Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution
Organizational Involvement

Professional Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Attorney Admissions Committee, Western District of Texas (2020-2023)
  • Planning Committee, UT Law CLE Advanced Patent Law Institute
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, IP Roadshow Circuit Speaker

Community Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Ambassador Committee, Baylor Club 
  • Baylor University Faculty Advisor to Alpha Tau Omega and Delta Delta Delta Chapters
  • United States Air Force Auxiliary, Lieutenant Colonel, Wing Public Affairs Officer
  • Greater Waco Area Aviation Alliance Advisor
  • Vice-chairman emeritus, Board of Directors of the Military Child Education Coalition
  • Aviation Alliance Committee and Technology Business Briefing Committee member - Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce
Education
  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law (1985)
  • B.A., Baylor University (1982)
Bar Admission
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Canadian Patent Office
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Colorado
Language
  • Chinese (Mandarin) - Basic