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David L. Howard

David L. Howard


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David’s experience includes three diverse areas: law, technology and business. In particular, David has experience in corporate and intellectual property rights law; technology research and development, national and international standards development and negotiations, engineering and technology planning, and business planning, technical regulatory, financing, operations and management. His current law practice includes preparing and prosecuting patents, registering trademarks and copyrights, licensing, counseling clients, rendering opinions, preparing transactional agreements, preparing FCC regulatory filings, litigation and settlements. His technology practice has included many electrical, electronic and mechanical technologies and subjects including systems and methods related to: computer systems; software and business methods; telecommunications systems; locomotives/trains; nuclear reactor systems; bearing systems; financial transaction systems; semiconductor devices; nanotechnology; electrical and mechanical devices and control systems’ sensor systems; manufacturing systems; and medical devices and systems.

David joined Polster Lieder after practicing at two other intellectual property law firms. Prior to law firm practice, David served as corporate counsel, general counsel, secretary, and later COO and President of a 350 person professional engineering, consulting and software company. He has provided intellectual property services to a wide variety of corporate and individual clients in matters relating to U.S. and foreign patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, due diligences, FCC regulatory proceedings, and enforcement of intellectual property rights

Practice Areas:

Patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, litigation, settlements, intellectual property transactions including licensing, technology, marketing agreements, opinions of counsel, due diligence reviews/opinions and regulatory filings


Juris Doctor: Saint Louis University School of Law, Cum Laude and Order of the Woolsack
Master in Business Administration: Webster University, with Honors/Distinguished Graduate
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering:  University of Texas at Arlington, Eta Kappa Nu

Industry Experience:

Telephone data and CATV communications systems and operations, control systems, semiconductors, nanotechnologies, engineering services and systems, electrical devices, RFID systems, manufacturing systems, medical devices and systems, U.S. and international technical standards developments and representation

Admitted to practice:

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Activities and Bar Admissions:

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Missouri Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Hockey North America
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
International Trademark Association
Missouri and National Societies of Professional Engineers

Professional and Personal Profile:

David enjoys his family life and spending time with his wife, their three children, and two golden retrievers.  David is an avid ice hockey player and downhill skier, and enjoys farming, motorcycling, hiking, camping, and tending to the always needed mechanical and motor vehicle repairs.