David W. Higer

Partner Chicago
david.higer dbr.com
Phone: (312) 569-1115 (312) 569-1115


David W. Higer assists clients in patent litigation matters in federal district and appellate courts across the country, as well as before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the International Trade Commission, and arbitration tribunals. He advises on all aspects of patents, including alternative dispute resolution, post-grant review, and the assessment of potential opportunities and risks.

Dave also has significant district court and appellate experience in copyright matters, including architectural, pictorial, graphic and sculptural, and literary work copyrights. He advises clients on obtaining copyrights, pre-litigation resolution, alternative dispute resolution, and risk assessment. He has also litigated complex issues related to international copyright law.

Dave acts as lead counsel both in crafting litigation strategy and in representing clients at trial. He has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, handling patent cases involving databases, digital imaging technology (both hardware and software), embedded systems, encryption, gaming technology, medical devices, optics, semiconductor technology, standard-essential patents, and telecommunications (both hardware and software).

His appellate practice includes patent-related appeals before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, a copyright appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and two amicus curiae briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court.


Bar Admissions

  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 2004, summa cum laude, Associate Editor - Gonzaga Law Review
  • University of Washington, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1995


  • PTAB Bar Association, Treasurer and Director (September 2016 to present)
  • Linn Inn (2016 to present)
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association, U.S. Patent Law Committee (2012 to present)
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, Certified Mediator (2015 to present)