McCarter & English has added Dave Christensen to the firm’s Intellectual Property practice in Hartford as a partner. His practice focuses on protecting clients’ inventions in both US and foreign patent offices in a variety of technical fields, including optics, additive manufacturing, aerospace systems, consumer and industrial products, and renewable energy systems.
“Dave’s significant IP and patent experience and his mechanical engineering expertise will immediately add depth to our group as we continue to meet growing client demand for IP services,” said McCarter’s Intellectual Property Chair Jonathan Sparks. “His skill set and client base fit perfectly with our current practice, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the firm.”
“I’m excited to be joining this respected national firm and its prominent IP practice,” said Christensen. “The variety of McCarter’s comprehensive services are an exceptional resource and provide an ideal platform to help my clients resolve issues they are encountering in their operations.”
Christensen has notable experience in assisting national and international clients in developing cost-effective strategies for managing risk in their development of new products, and in building and managing their intellectual property portfolios. He also counsels startup to medium-sized clients in preparing their portfolios for investment financing and associated due diligence activities.
Before beginning his career as an IP lawyer, Christensen was an engineer and product development manager, where he gained hands-on experience in leading multifunctional teams in developing commercial products using a wide range of manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing, high-precision machining, and high-volume manufacturing technologies. He is also an inventor, with 37 US patents related to medical products and electrical distribution equipment.
Christensen is further active in thought leadership, especially related to how technology is changing both manufacturing and legal business operations. He is the vice chair of the Editorial Review Board of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Magazine, where he helps set the direction of the magazine’s content, is a guest editor, and contributes articles. He regularly presents at webinars and authors articles on a variety of law practice management and intellectual property topics. Christensen is also chair of the board of directors of MakerspaceCT, a nonprofit dedicated to positively affecting lives by enabling access, innovation, and education in manufacturing skills to the underserved in the Hartford area.
Christensen received his JD from Concord Law School, an MS in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Hartford.
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