Mr. Harlow has over 40 years of experience in legal matters related to intellectual property and technology. This includes both litigation and transactional matters, as well as the prosecution of patents, trademarks and copyrights, and the protection of trade secrets, plant varieties, software, and databases.
David Harlow is an intellectual property attorney who concentrates his practice in the area of trademarks, and in the general representation of technology and life science companies. He served as lead trial counsel for the federal government in the environmental litigation surrounding the building of the important Jordan and Falls of the Neuse Reservoirs, which today form a key infrastructure frame for the growth of the entire Research Triangle Region. This successful representation in science-based litigation led to David settling in Durham, and to being asked to act as lead counsel in the first major software litigation filed in North Carolina. Today, David remains in the forefront of area attorneys handling matters for technology and life science companies.
Mr. Harlow has represented a wide variety of business entities in litigation both as primary counsel, and as local counsel, throughout North Carolina and beyond. This includes numerous matters involving a variety of science and engineering issues, as well as all aspects of intellectual property. The latter includes extensive trademark matters, as well as chemical trade secrets, seed varieties, software and databases, unfair advertising, copyrights, and chemical and mechanical patents.
Mr. Harlow has an extensive trademark practice including the prosecution of trademark registrations and the litigation and licensing of trademarks. He has filed and prosecuted over 600 trademark applications both in the United States and in countries around the world. David has been an active member of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) for 25 years, and currently serves INTA as a member of both the Internet Committee and the Local Counsel Forum. He has also been an active member of the prestigious invitation-only Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (“PTMG”) of the pharma and life science industry for 20 years, and has served PTMG as a speaker on U.S. litigation and mediation topics.
On the transactional side, David has done trademark and patent M&A and licensing deals for Fortune 500 companies, as well as smaller entities. The larger of these deals have involved hundreds of millions of dollars and dealt with legal issues around the world. David has brought his across the board experience to bear in these transactions, including extensive substantive intellectual property knowledge and litigation and trial experience, as well as traditional transactional experience.
Mr. Harlow’s industry experience includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, adhesives, crop science and crop protection, seed varieties, genetically modified organisms, computer software and databases, laser printers and cartridges, and telecom electronic measurement equipment. David has been recognized by both The Best Lawyers in America© (2013-2016) and Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite (2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015) in the field of intellectual property.