David G. Henry
Senior Counsel

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 heads the firm’s IP patent 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
February 18, 2019 
 Thought Leadership

IPWatchdog.com

February 13, 2019 
 In the News

Law360 (subscription required)

February 7, 2019 
 Speeches and Presentations
Patents and Export Control Compliance: Managing Risk and Avoiding Unintentional Violations

Strafford Webinar

January 28, 2019 
 In the News

Waco Tribune-Herald

Honors
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazine (2014 - 2016)
Organizational Involvement
  • 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