Dave has over thirty years of experience in intellectual property litigation and licensing and providing strategic advice to clients on how to optimize the value of their intellectual property portfolios. He focuses his practice on strategic intellectual property licensing advice and counsel. As counsel for an international computer software company for many years, Dr. Stephenson won numerous trials for his client, resulting in monetary awards and orders enforcing trade secret and copyright licensing agreements that he was originally responsible for writing and negotiating.
Dr. Stephenson is also an internationally published author and highly-acclaimed public speaker. He has tried cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States and several American Indian tribal courts and has developed an international reputation as an expert on the intellectual property and cultural heritage rights of Indigenous peoples. He has testified as an expert witness internationally in that capacity, and he authored an amicus brief supporting the prevailing parties in one of the most significant heritage rights cases in the history of the Colorado Supreme Court, Lobato v. Taylor, 71 P.3d 938 (Colo. 2002).
Dave is recognized annually by his attorney peers and the judiciary as achieving the highest rating possible, Judicial AV-Preeminent, for both ethical standards and legal ability. He also has been named a Top Denver Lawyer by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and The Wall Street Journal, and as a Colorado Super Lawyer in the field of intellectual property law.
Current Board Member, The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law
Board Member, IPinCH–British Columbia-based international research project on cultural heritage rights, 2003-2016
President, International Society of Ethnobiology, 2011-2012
Advisory board member, University of Colorado Center for Global Health, providing consultation regarding multi-party health intervention projects throughout the world, 2003–2009
Chair, Legislative Affairs Committee, Colorado’s first-ever innovative technology DemoGala, sponsored by CSIA (Colorado’s Software & Internet Association) (now Colorado’s Technology Association) and the Governor’s Technology Office and APEX Awards, 2005–2006
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