David G. Henry is a partner practicing in the Munck Wilson Mandala’s technology/intellectual property law group and guides expansion efforts in Waco. He is routinely recognized for his extensive experience assisting clients in identifying, strategically managing, and protecting domestic and foreign intellectual property assets, prosecuting or defending patent infringement and trademark infringement claims in federal courts throughout the U.S., and in identifying and managing Export Control issues. David has litigated patent cases involving a wide range of technologies including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, computer hardware and software, telecommunication devices, and networks.
David utilizes his private pilot license to travel on cases and projects throughout the U.S. as various clients need. For over two decades, David has served in a number of capacities with Baylor University, including (since 1994) that of Professor of Patent and Trademark Law and Litigation, Faculty Advisor to several undergraduate student organizations, and a member of Baylor’s Judicial Board. His ability to pilot himself to and from a non-hub city allows him to reside in the Waco area and now spearhead the firm’s growth into a rapidly-demanding market. Since the arrival of Judge Albright to the Federal Bench, and the emergence of the Waco court as the largest patent litigation docket in the U.S., David has had the unique advantage of actively participating in the transition Waco has made from a nice place to live to also the center of significant legal activities.
At any given time, David is involved in a number of federal court patent infringement or trademark infringement actions throughout the U.S. as well as select activities at the United States Patent & Trademark Office. His experience and circumstances are such that he is particularly well-suited for assisting clients in intensive, fast-paced patent litigation arenas, such as the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Alongside his longstanding legal career, he has served as a patent law professor at Baylor Law School since 1994 and now teaches in the Entrepreneurship Program of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.
While David’s primary focus is on patent litigation, he routinely handles other complex intellectual property and transactional matters. These include trademark infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and antitrust cases. He also advises clients in corporate transactions and in the negotiation of intellectual property licensing and other technology-related agreements. David is a certified Mediator and utilizes his experience in litigation to assist in the ADR resolution of IP and other complex commercial disputes.
Anyone who is familiar with the fortunes of Waco, Texas over the past few years will recognize the remarkable transformation of the city in most every respect. This is often attributed to Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer-Upper” fame. The legal world has its own version of a “fixer-upper” success story in Waco, and it has nothing to do with any renovation television series. With the arrival of Judge Alan D. Albright a little over two years ago, the Waco division of the Western District of Texas began its own transformation in every respect.
Marshall, Texas has been, and will likely continue to be, one of the major patent litigation cities in the United States. But, Waco, Texas is quickly becoming the new mecca for patent infringement lawsuits due to recent case law and the arrival of a patent-savvy district judge. In the world of patent litigation, we all know Marshall, Texas. The Eastern District of Texas—which includes the Marshall Division—is known to be one of the largest as far as numbers of patent litigation lawsuit filings in the U.S. The economic impact on the region has been significant, as service industries such as hotels, temporary offices, restaurants and catering companies grew to serve the regular flow of litigators and their clients coming to Marshall for hearings and trials from around the country. Several national and regional law firms specializing in patent litigation opened satellite offices in and around Marshall to serve their frequent needs for access to the busy courthouse.