• Biography

    David McCombs is primary counsel for many leading corporations in inter partes review (IPR) and is regularly identified as one of the most active attorneys appearing before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). His practice spans 35 years and includes appellate argument, patent litigation, and portfolio development.

    McCombs is recognized for having a “strong Federal Circuit patent litigation practice and prominent PTAB expertise.” (Chambers Global 2019). He is described as “one of the best, not just of patent practitioners but practitioners generally” and lauded as “extremely organized, responsive, thoughtful, and calm.” (Chambers Global 2020).

    Nationally ranked, McCombs is highlighted as an “ultra-organized, extremely responsive and sophisticated counselor who is a true pleasure to partner with” and a “zealous but very professional advocate" (IAM Patent 1000, 2020). He has also been described as “a leading practitioner when it comes to the thoughtful and strategic analysis of patents in the marketplace and critical opinion work” (IAM Patent 1000, 2019).

    McCombs is the co-author of “Intellectual Property Law,” published annually by The SMU Law Review (2010-present), and an adjunct professor at SMU Dedman School of Law. He is an Executive Board Member for the Southern Methodist University, Simmons School of Education and Human Development (2020 – present).

    Separate from his law practice, McCombs serves as a Commissioner for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

    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.

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

    McCombs is active in many continuing legal education organizations, and regularly writes and speaks on a variety of topics related to patent law and intellectual property litigation. McCombs 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, and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at Boalt Hall (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).

  • 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 Federal Circuit
    • 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