David L. Hecht
David Hecht serves as the co-chair of the firm's intellectual property group. He is a founding partner of the firm's New York and New Jersey offices and manages both offices.
David has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous high-profile patent and trade secret litigations. He has appeared in over three dozen patent-related matters, including inter partes review proceedings, for industry giants including Raytheon, Huawei, and MediaTek. David has tried numerous District Court and International Trade Commission (ITC) cases to verdict involving a wide range of computer, software, communications and medical products related technologies. Among the most notable of those trials was Apple v. Samsung, known as the "patent trial of the century." David was also part of the trial team that secured the first-ever exclusion order against Apple in the ITC.
David holds a rare and highly coveted educational trifecta: degrees in engineering (B.S. in electrical and computer engineering), business (M.B.A.) and law (J.D.). He worked as a network engineer prior to law school and a patent agent while a law student. David also founded several successful startups during the Great Recession, including real estate investment and event production companies. David draws from his diverse background and experience to understand the most intricate details of his clients' business and technology.
Prior to joining the firm, David worked for several international law firms, including Jones Day, Quinn Emanuel and Steptoe & Johnson. He also worked as in-house counsel for a public-traded company focused on licensing and intellectual property assertion.
Since 2015, David has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer and Rising Star, an honor bestowed upon five percent of the total lawyers in the area.
Entertainment & Media Litigation
General Commercial Litigation
Domestic and International Arbitration
Class Action Litigation
Trial Substitution and Crisis Litigation
Defended a leading, multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition in the Eastern District of Texas; matter settled six days into a jury trial scheduled for 12 days.
Defended a major American defense contractor and industrial corporation before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Defended Furniture World, a New Jersey furniture distributor, against allegations of design patent and copyright infringement by Ashley Furniture; matter settled favorably.
Represented music publisher copyright holders against a large Internet Service Provider (ISP) relating to allegations of vicarious/contributory liability for copyright infringement by its customers.
Represented a pharmaceutical patent holder in several Hatch Waxman ANDA litigations relating to opioid dependence treatment medication.
Defended a leading global provider of data encryption and cyber security solutions against allegations of patent infringement relating to an electronic information and cryptographic key management system.
J.D., Fordham University School of Law
M.B.A., Rutgers University School of Business
B.S., Rutgers University School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
New York State Bar
New Jersey State Bar
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States District Court, District of Delaware
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Managing Editor, Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal