Welcome to the Essential Patent Blog!  This blog was started in response to increased interest and litigation surrounding standard-essential patents (SEPs).  Historically, most SEP issues were relegated to theoretical discussions in academic literature or conference presentations.  But that’s changing.  Many in industry, the media, the legal world – and even Congress and administrative agencies – are paying increased attention to SEP issues.  Several patent-related blogs previously had posts on SEP issues, but none focused primarily on the myriad legal issues and disputes surrounding SEPs.  That’s where we come in:  Our aim is to be the one-stop shop for all SEP litigation issues.  And we will hit other patent litigation issues along the way.

David W. Long, Editor

DLongDavid Long is a patent litigation partner in the Washington, DC office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.  David has over twenty-five years of telecommunications experience, including nearly twenty years litigating complex patent cases in federal district and appellate courts.  He counsels domestic and international clients on intellectual property issues such as patent litigation, trade secrets, patent reexamination, product clearance and redesign.  David is a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he has litigated in post-grant proceedings, often in parallel with related district court litigations.

A leader in national and local patent law organizations, David is a frequent media commentator and author on patent litigation issues, and has appeared and been published in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Bloomberg TV, IT World, IPLaw360, Inside Counsel and The National Law Journal, among others.  David previously served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. S. Smith at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1995-1996).  Prior to joining Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Mr. Long was a patent litigation partner at Howrey LLP and led the patent practice at Dow Lohnes PLLC.

Stephen R. Freeland, Contributor

id=PictureSteve Freeland is a senior associate whose practice focuses on complex intellectual property and antitrust litigation matters involving various products, technologies and business methods.  Steve has served as litigation counsel to major consumer product companies, retailers, telecommunications companies, and pharmaceutical companies and has appeared in both federal and state trial courts across the country as well as before the International Trade Commission.


Matthew P. Larson
, Contributor

id=PictureMatt Larson is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.  Matt’s practice focuses primarily on patent litigation and patent prosecution, representing major technology companies in intellectual property matters involving a wide variety of technologies, including telecommunications, wireless and wire line data transmission systems, encryption and secure data transmissions, computer software and architecture, optical communication systems, semiconductors, and medical implants and prosthetics.  He has represented companies involved in complex litigation both in U.S. District Court and before the International Trade Commission.

Matt holds a bachelors in physics and psychology and is a registered patent attorney admitted to practice in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Outside of litigation, Matt drafts and prosecutes patent applications and counsels clients on patenting strategy and portfolio management.