Mr. David Edmondson began his career in intellectual property at the United States Patent and Trademark Office as an examiner in optical systems and elements. He has since developed extensive experience at law firms.

Mr. Edmondson has extensive experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a wide variety of disciplines in the electrical arts, including medical imaging hardware and algorithms, computer hardware and software, optical and magnetic information storage and retrieval, electrical connectors and cables, wireless communication, automated vision testing and correction, robotics, and e-commerce, in both the United States and foreign jurisdictions.

He has also participated in appeals, reissue proceedings, reexaminations, and litigation, as well as licensing, assignment for financing and tax purposes, portfolio maintenance, and patentability and validity opinion work. He has experience communicating both face-to-face and telephonically with USPTO personnel, including examiners and administrative patent judges. While his practice is primarily in patents, his trademark experience includes both prosecution and litigation to successful outcomes.

He has experience working with a diverse base of clients, located both in the United States and internationally, such as research universities, large multinational corporations, start-up companies, and individuals. This experience allows him to be sensitive to different clients’ sensitivity to costs and to give them the most appropriate counseling accordingly. He has drafted patent applications for foreign clients – a task usually performed by counsel in their home countries – to ensure that those applications would conform to more stringent United States disclosure standards.

He has counseled clients on the drafting of claims to provide full commercially useful coverage for the inventions, including the preparation of claims in continuing applications to maximize coverage of the invention as both the clients and their competitors would likely practice it. He has also reviewed clients’ recent technological developments to counsel them on possible patent applications.

He has been able to develop a level of trust with clients such that inventors have asked for him by name and such that clients have consulted him on questions of patent law even on matters handled by other firms.


  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)
  • Princeton University (M.A.)
    • Plasma Physics
  • Johns Hopkins University (B.A.)
    • Physics


  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office