David W. Higer is an intellectual property litigation partner based in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He is an experienced trial lawyer with a national practice, including prior and current cases in federal district courts in California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, New York and Texas. He also has tried cases before the International Trade Commission and arbitration tribunals. David acts as lead counsel or lead counsel equivalent in his cases both in crafting complex litigation strategy and at trial and frequently handles "bet the company" cases and those involving cutting edge legal and technical issues. His practice focuses on advising clients in all aspects of patents, copyrights and trademarks, including trial appellate litigation, alternate dispute resolution, patent post-grant review, and the assessment of potential opportunities or risks for particular patents, copyrights or trademarks.
Dave's patent litigation practice spans a wide range of clients and industries. He has experience litigating cases involving semiconductor technology, digital imaging technology (both hardware and software), optics, standards, essential patents, telecommunications (both hardware and software), embedded systems, medical devices and gaming technology. His copyright litigation practice also spans a wide range of clients and industries. He has experience litigating architectural, pictorial, graphic and sculptural, and literary copyrights. He also has experience in litigating complex copyright issues related to international copyright law issues.
Dave's recent trial practice has resulted in a trial victory in Delaware federal court, arbitration victories, the successful settlement of a highly-publicized dispute in the wireless industry, and the successful settlement of a long-running semiconductor dispute between industry rivals. Over his career, in addition to non-monetary relief, Dave has achieved well in excess of eight figures in settlement value for his clients. Dave has also successfully defended his clients against numerous claims for both monetary and non-monetary relief.
Dave's appellate practice includes a copyright appeal before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and an amicus curiae brief filed in the United States Supreme Court on a significant patent issue.
Kenneth Adamo, David Higer, and Eugene Goryunov, Survey of U.S. District Court Decisions Addressing Requests to Stay a Case Pending Resolution of an Inter Partes Review (Part 1), INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MAGAZINE (Feb. 2014).
Kenneth Adamo, David Higer, and Eugene Goryunov, Survey of U.S. District Court Decisions Addressing Requests to Stay a Case Pending Resolution of an Inter Partes Review, NYIPLA BULLETIN (Dec. 2013–Jan. 2014).
David Higer and Eugene Goryunov, Questions Remain Over Identifying ‘Real’ Parties-in-Interest, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MAGAZINE, 56–59 (Oct. 2013).
Paul Steadman, Seth Traxler, Dawn Dawson, and David Higer, New Law Reshapes U.S. Patent Landscape, Kirkland & Ellis Private Equity Newsletter (September 2011).
David Higer, Are Patent Rights Headed to the Races?, Chicago Lawyer, Intellectual Property Section (June 2011).
Ann Murphy & David Higer, The 10 Deadly Sins: A Law with Unintended Consequences, 96 Tax Notes 871 (Aug. 5, 2002); 2002 TNT 151-39.
2012, Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
2006, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
2005, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals