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David McKinney

Senior Attorney

David's practice concentrates on domestic and international patent prosecution. In this effort, David practices across a wide variety of technologies and counsels clients on the management of large national and international patent portfolios.

David has represented companies of all sizes, including one of the largest technology companies in the world. David's technological experience includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications in both the software and mechanical arts, including graphical user interfaces, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, financial systems, healthcare records management, clothing, apparel, furniture, and toys. Having proficiency in preparing and prosecuting software and computer systems, David has extensive experience with issues involving patentable subject matter defined by 35 U.S.C. § 101.

Many of David's cases are filed internationally. As such, David manages non-domestic patent applications through foreign counsel in Europe, Japan, South Korea, China, India, Canada, Mexico, and Taiwan.

In addition to portfolio management and counseling, David's other work has included preparing invalidity and infringement opinions, preparing patentability opinions, conducting due diligence assessments of patent portfolios, leading inventor groups in patent forwarding and harvesting sessions, and conducting research and preparing memoranda on various IP-related issues.

Prior to practicing law, David was a technical sales representative and assisted clients in selecting industrial flow meters for a wide range of industries, including gas and oil, food and beverage, and pharmaceuticals. David was also a patent engineer for a start-up that designed suspended sky-cameras, where he helped identify potential patentable subject matter.

Bar admissionsTexasMissouriUnited States Patent and Trademark Office
  • J.D., University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law 2016
    summa cum laude
    UMKC Law Review
    Urban Lawyer Law Journal

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University 2005

Publications and media

  • Co-author, "Alice: Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole of Software Patent Eligibility," 84 UMKC L. Rev. 261 (2015)