David regularly advises client legal and business teams on legal and commercial issues with respect to all forms of U.S., Japan and cross-border intellectual property, information technology and corporate transactions. In particular, David regularly advises clients on legal and commercial terms for licensing, acquiring, jointly developing and divesting all forms of intellectual property, including technologies protected by patent, copyright, and trade secret as well as brands, logos and registered trademarks. Industries include consumer electronics, information technology, software, medical devices, and life sciences.
During his career, David has also lead the negotiation of hundreds of corporate transactions including agreements for equity investments, share purchases, convertible notes. SAFEs, KISSs, investor rights, the establishment of virtual and corporate joint ventures, revenue shares, and other similar arrangements.
Having worked in and around the IT industry for the last 30 years, David has also lead the negotiation and drafting of hundreds of information technology related transactions, including traditional proprietary and open source software license and development transactions, SaaS platform and cloud services license, e-commerce collaboration and monetization platforms, API and data licenses, IT system development, operation and maintenance service arrangements, machine learning and artificial intelligence software services, natural language processing services, outsourcing and hosting, hardware procurement, IoT, AR/VR, block chain, and high speed frequency trading systems. While working in New York, David was seconded to Deutsche Bank on two occasions to handle legal negotiations for their IT related licensing, procurement and operations teams.
In the context of corporate transactions, David has lead and managed teams of associates and paralegals conducting due diligence, and reviewing, drafting and negotiating transaction agreements for joint venture, supply and M&A transactions.
In corporate risk matters, David has lead teams of associates and paralegals in conducting investigations involving alleged product liability and safety incidents, tax evasion, unauthorized political contributions, sexual harassment, and embezzlement, and in civil litigations, arbitrations and all forms of intellectual property related disputes.
David has also actively represented U.S., Japanese and other multinational clients in litigation brought in the U.S. and Japan, including patent, copyright, trade secret misappropriation and trademark litigations, wrongful termination, unfair competition and antimonopoly claims, product liability claims, and foreign corrupt practice matters.
David has also represented clients in commercial arbitrations in Japan and has been selected to be an arbitrator in JCAA arbitrations. In the summer of 2018, David served on the Committee for the Consideration of International Arbitrations with Foreign Counsel organized by the Ministry of Justice (外国法事務弁護士等による国際仲裁代理に関する検討会, http://www.moj.go.jp/housei/gaiben/housei07_00039.html )