• Biography

    David McCombs is primary counsel for many leading corporations in inter partes review (IPR), reexamination, and concurrent patent litigation in the federal courts and before the U.S. Patent Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His practice spans 30 years and includes Federal Circuit appellate argument, patent litigation, licensing and technology transfer, patent portfolio development and drafting, and dispute resolution.

    Mr. McCombs is the chair of the Technology Practice Group of Haynes and Boone. He has a physics degree and represents clients in diverse technologies that include electronics, semiconductors, software, telecommunications, medical devices, and energy equipment.

    Mr. McCombs helps lawyers inside technology companies that face high-risk and often time-sensitive IP issues, both in the litigation and business context. He works with them to develop and execute intellectual property best practices designed to both maximize value and manage exposure to patent risk, and avoid litigation.

    Prior to joining Haynes and Boone in 1989, he served as in-house patent counsel for a diversified technology company located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, with a long history of developing breakthrough chemical/material science, diagnostic, robotics, and motion management technologies. 

    Mr. McCombs is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.

    Mr. McCombs is active in many continuing legal education organizations, and regularly writes and speaks on a variety of topics. He is the co-author of “Intellectual Property Law,” published annually by The SMU Law Review (2010-present). He serves on the conference planning committee and faculty for the Annual Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute, jointly sponsored by the Stanford Program in Law, Science, & Technology, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at Boalt Hall, and the University of Texas School of Law (2001-present). He also serves on the conference planning committee and faculty for the Advanced Patent Law Institute at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, jointly sponsored with the University of Texas School of Law, George Mason School of Law, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (2006-present). He also serves as the Chair of the Institute for Law and Technology of the Center for American and International Law (2007-present).

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D. , University of Miami , 1984
    • B.S. , Physics , Denison University , 1981
  • Admissions

    • Texas
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas