San Francisco, CA. Global law firm Nixon Peabody LLP has expanded its San Francisco office with the addition of experienced litigator David Kocan, who joins the firm’s Intellectual Property practice as counsel.
Utilizing his prior technology industry experience as a software developer, David is a trial-tested IP litigator who regularly draws on his ability to read source code to represent software, video game, mobile device, semiconductor, and flash memory clients in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and high-tech commercial disputes. He also regularly works with clients on product counseling, technology transfer, IP enforcement, and IP licensing matters.
“The rapid growth of technologies that permeate multiple levels of industries, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and augmented reality, present unique legal considerations and challenges,” said Nixon Peabody partner Seth Levy, who leads the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. “David’s strong ability to quickly understand the tech, business, and creative sides of a particular industry will be valuable for our clients as they look to stay ahead of their competition by protecting and monetizing their IP.”
“We’re excited to welcome David to the firm and to our San Francisco office,” said Robert A. Weikert, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Privacy practice. “David’s international experiences and ability to form connections with clients and colleagues alike will be a strong asset, particularly in the Bay Area’s interconnected and global economy.”
As a seasoned litigator, David has represented clients before federal district courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). He also regularly advises clients on data privacy and cybersecurity matters.
David earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and holds an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. He earned his B.S. in Communication Systems Management from Ohio University.