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David G. Conlin


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Dave helps plan, establish, maintain, and enforce clients’ IP portfolios and protect their freedom to operate against improperly alleged IP infringement. His teams have driven the issuance of over 3,700 patents. Dave has successfully litigated numerous infringement cases, including many Hatch-Waxman cases, and upheld and enforced the patent rights of pharmaceutical, high technology, electronics, and software innovators. He serves both plaintiffs and defendants. Dave has negotiated licenses for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and technology companies. His teams have also achieved very favorable results in settlement, mediation, and other ADR procedures. Dave is a collaborative leader who leverages his teammates’ strengths to provide clients with creative, cost-effective strategies. He is regularly recognized for excellence in patent law and IP litigation, and has been listed in Best Lawyers® for 27 consecutive years.

Dave has decades of experience assisting clients in establishing, maintaining, and enforcing their intellectual property portfolios. He serves both plaintiffs and defendants, and focuses on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, chip designs, domain names, and other intellectual property rights. Dave is a collaborative leader, who utilizes the strengths of his teammates to deliver strategic and unique approaches to his clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Dave was co-chair of the IP litigation practice group at another international law firm. He has also worked as a partner at a preeminent US patent firm.

Dave has served as a patent examiner, and worked as a chemical engineer at DuPont.

In addition, Dave was a technical advisor to Judge Baldwin at the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (CCPA), predecessor court to the Federal Circuit. He also served as Special Master in the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire.


  • Georgetown University (JD)
  • State University of New York (BS, Chemical Engineering)


  • Successfully concluded multinational licensing arrangements in electronics and software technologies
  • Obtained key patents for clients in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, electronics, and electromechanical technologies

Recognition & Awards

  • IAM Patent 1000 World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2013, 2015 – 2019)
  • Managing Intellectual Property: Patent Star - Massachusetts (2014 – 2018)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Health Care: Life Sciences (2016)
  • Listed for more than a decade in the Intellectual Property Law section of Best Lawyers
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Intellectual Property Litigation list (2004 – 2006, 2008 – 2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Intellectual Property Litigation (1991 – 2020); Patent Litigation (1991 – 2020); Patent Law (1991 – 2020); Trademark Law (1991 – 2020); Copyright Law (1991 – 2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Boston Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2014)
  • Named one of Boston’s Top Lawyers for Patent Law (2014)
  • Led a group recognized as one of the 10 best US firms in prosecuting biotechnology patents, IP Worldwide (2002)


  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Counselor, Boston IP American Inn of Court
  • Member, Boston Patent Law Association
  • Former President, Boston Patent Law Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Moderators Association
  • Former trustee, Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Charities
  • Former president, Catholic Family Services
  • Town Moderator, Town of Nahant, Massachusetts
  • Former member, Nahant Finance & Advisory Committee

Recent Insights


News & Press

Mintz has secured a string of substantial victories in Hatch-Waxman litigation for innovative drug manufacturers Kowa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., and Nissan Chemical Industries Ltd.
Kathleen Carr and David Conlin, both Members in the Boston Mintz office and patent litigators, were featured in a Law360 article covering the ruling in the matter of a patent infringement trial against Amneal and Apotex.
Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Fifty-three Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2016 and thirty-one have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2016 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers. 
Best Lawyers named 73 Mintz attorneys to its 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America. Mintz attorneys selected for inclusion in this year’s list span 44 practice areas. 



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