David R. Syrowik

Electrical & Software Patent Prosecution & Patentability Opinions

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David Syrowik never forgets the importance of the client in the attorney-client relationship. David welcomes any opportunity to bring inventors directly into the patent prosecution and opinion process, based on his belief that lawyers can learn a great deal from their clients. David takes on the role of student when working with clients, absorbing everything that they can teach him about their work and industry so he can better describe their inventions in patent applications and obtain the broadest possible protection. He also relishes the enthusiasm clients bring to their work, saying it is what makes his work so enjoyable.

David takes a similar approach to working with patent examiners. He sees patent prosecutions as a win-win negotiation, not as an all-out battle with the US Patent and Trademark Office. He is willing to work for as long as it takes with patent examiners to gain the broadest possible protection for his clients.

David has authored numerous scholarly articles in the emerging field of computer law. He also teaches on the subject as an adjunct professor at University of Detroit-Mercy Law School through the Intellectual Property Law Institute. David believes that these endeavors make him a better lawyer because they ensure that he stays at the cutting edge in intellectual property. David is committed to the idea that lawyers should give back to their communities and is active in numerous professional and civic organizations.

Organizations and Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan, computer law section- proprietary rights committee (chair and council member)

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section

Computer Law Association, contributing editor

Intellectual Property Law Institute, adjunct professor

Publications

Author, “Recent Developments in Information Technology Law, Third Quarter 2014” September 2014

Author, “Recent Developments in Information Technology Law, Second Quarter 2014” June 2014

Author, “Recent Developments in Information Technology Law, First Quarter 2014” April 2014

Author, “Recent Developments in Information Technology Law, Third Quarter 2013,” October 2013

Author, “Recent Developments in Information Technology Law, Second Quarter 2013,” June 2013

Author, “Recent Developments in Information Technology Law, First Quarter 2013,” March 2013

“Bridging the Gap Between the Abstract and Real Worlds of Patent Eligibility Using the ‘Guideposts’ of Bilski”. Michigan Bar Journal 90 (2011) 27.

Author, “The State of the Computer and Internet Law – 2010,” August 2010

Co-Author, “How to sell and license post-Quanta,” January 2010

Author, “How to sell and license post-Quanta,” September 2008

Author, “How to sell and license post-Quanta,” July 2006

“Column: Recent Developments in Computer and Internet Law.” The Michigan Computer Lawyer 1988-present.

Education

J.D., Wayne State University

B.S., Engineering, University of Michigan