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David Hayes concentrates his practice on intellectual property counseling, litigation and audits, and technology licensing, distribution and transfer. He is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. David counsels a wide range of high technology companies on establishing and maintaining procedures to protect the company's intellectual property and on avoiding infringing the rights of others. He represents numerous clients on high profile, complex technology transactions, including patent license transactions and acquisition strategies for both component technologies and turnkey systems. He counsels numerous clients on complex open source issues. He is a nationally recognized expert on copyright issues related to the Internet and digital media. David has published dozens of articles and given many speeches on various IP topics. Over the past decade, he has been recognized more than 140 times as one of the top practitioners in various fields of intellectual property law and strategy by leading publications and ranking organizations. David has been included in Chambers USA every year since 2002, in Chambers Global since 2008 and in Northern California Super Lawyers since 2004. He was recently named by Best Lawyers as the 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" for Information Technology Law in San Francisco.
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