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 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 lead the patent practice at Dow Lohnes PLLC.