Meet the Facilitator

David L. Newman
ROSE Database and Arbitration
IP Conservatory LLC
222 North LaSalle Street
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601

David Newman focuses his practice in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) including Arbitration and Mediation. David leads Gould & Ratner's Intellectual Property Group.

David serves Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies and start-ups including clients in a wide variety of industries, including computers, consumer goods, electronics, mechanical devices, medical devices and telecommunications, and financial services and securities trading systems. He has handled numerous Arbitrations and Mediations involving patent infringement matters, lP licensing, inventor derivation disputes and IP contract breaches.

David has honed his skills as an ADR facilitator through his many Arbitration and Mediation experiences, ADR trainings through the World Intellectual Property Organization and as author of ABA Published book: Patent Neutral, Expanding Use of ADR for Settlement of Patent Disputes at the PTAB.

David has also been influential in reforming the procedures at the PTAB, which now encourages parties to implement alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, such as arbitration.

Former Director of the USPTO, Michelle Lee praised Mr. Newman’s assistance to the PTAB and stated, “As a result of my team’s work with David, I am pleased to share that the PTAB has updated its policy on ADR.”

David’s unique understanding of the interplay between arbitration and the complex procedures of a PTAB proceeding, provide for facilitation of a quick resolution of patent conflicts using streamlined ADR processes to isolate a few dispositive issues and reach a favorable settlement for the parties.

David has been involved in all aspects of practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, particularly proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), as well as appeals, reissues and reexamination proceedings.

Drawing upon his technical background, David has worked on IP matters involving technologies such as big data storage systems, cloud services, financial services and securities trading systems, high frequency trading, email, internet encryption systems, eCommerce technology, internet mapping systems, internet server systems, mp3 compression, gaming technology, HVAC controllers, low-latency point-to-point communication systems, microwave transmission systems, semiconductor testing systems, charger plug adapters for cell phones, pixel imaging systems, article-writing software, luggage-locking and security systems, optoelectronics, fiber optics, optical connectors, cable assemblies, semiconductor lasers, small form factor transceivers and adapters, electromagnetic shielding, wave division multiplexing (WDM) systems, electrical connectors, torque sensors, semiconductor chip sockets, PC cards, position sensors, electrical cables, ethernet communication devices, buss bars, differential signal terminators, automotive safety systems, microwave transmission controllers, LED bulbs and power distribution units.

David is very active in the both legal and civic organizations, including serving as:

  • Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the IP Section of the American Bar Association
  • Co-chair of the ABA's Standard Essential Patent Arbitration Proposal (ASAP) Committee
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society International, Standard Licensing Agreements Committee and Standards Committee
  • Executive Board of the Center for Creativity at the DePaul University Driehaus College of Business
  • Member, International Commission on Patent Disputes for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
  • Vice-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

In addition, David has taught courses involving claim drafting for patent applications and is a periodic guest lecturer on intellectual property topics at the DePaul University Driehaus College of Business and presenting mediation and arbitration topics for World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seminars.

David is a frequent author and authority on several IP topics, contributing chapters in several books such as The Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law - Competition, Antitrust, and Patents, as well as authoring Patent Neutral: Expanding Use of ADR for Settlement of Patent Disputes at the PTAB.

David was recognized as an ADR Champion by the National Law Journal, The National Law Journal, June 2017 and David has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers in the areas of Copyright & Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law and Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law for 2017.



  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1992
  • Ohio State University, B.S., 1986


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


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