R. David Donoghue is the creator and author of the Chicago IP Litigation Blog.* But blogging is only one facet of his legal practice. Dave is a litigator focusing on intellectual property disputes, with a particular focus on patent litigation. He practices in Chicago as partner with Holland & Knight. More specifically, Dave asserts and protects his client’s intellectual property assets. His practice spans diverse technology areas including performance athletic devices, cellular telephony, computer software, automotive technologies, satellite radios, electrical and electronic products, television production equipment, nutritional supplements and numerous medical devices. He also has extensive intellectual property licensing experience.

Dave was previously with Delphi, the world’s largest automotive supplier, where he was a founding member of Delphi’s Technology Licensing and Litigation group and handled substantial international intellectual property litigation and licensing matters.

Dave serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching Legal Research and Writing and Introduction to Intellectual Property and at Solo Practice University, where Dave developed and taught a course on federal district court litigation practice.

At the beginning of his legal career, Dave had the privilege of serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Gordon J. Quist, Federal District Judge for the Western District of Michigan.

Dave earned his B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and earned his J.D. cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Mr. Donoghue served as the Current Developments Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.

Dave is a frequent speaker on a broad range of intellectual property topics, with a particular focus on how businesses can leverage their own intellectual property and protect themselves against third party intellectual property. Dave welcomes the opportunity to speak to groups of all sizes about how to avoid intellectual property pitfalls and get the most out of your intellectual property. Here are some examples of Dave’s upcoming and recent presentations:

  • Top Ten Strategies for Cementing Relationships Between Inside and Outside Counsel, October 2009
  • Protecting & Promoting Your Brand With Social Media, September 2009
  • Using Intellectual Property to Grow & Protect Your Small Business, April 2009
  • Understanding and Using Social Media, April 2009
  • Bilski: Are Software and Business Methods Patentable, March 2009 (Moderator)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Intellectual Property Cases, February 18, 2009
  • Better Practice Management Through Technology (Panel focused on blogging and social media), January 23, 2009
  • Successful Settlements: Building Relationships & Managing Expectations, November, 2008
  • Communications Decency Act § 230 ISP Immunity, August, 2008
  • Top Ten Cyberlaw Trends Northern District of Illinois Cyberlaw Trends, February, 2008
  • Leveraging Your Copyrights & Respecting the Copyrights of Others, November, 2007
  • Injunctions Post-eBay: The More You Change, The More You Stay the Same, April 2007


  • In re Bilski: A Midpoint in the Evolution of Business Method Patents?, NORTHWESTERN J. TECH. & IP, expected August 2009.
  • The Uneven Application of Twombly in Patent Cases: An Argument for Leveling the Playing
    Field, J. MARSHALL REV. OF INTELL. PROP., expected November 2008.
  • Making Joint Defense Agreements Work, LITIG. MAG. Summer 2008.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Concurrent Representation, 11 GEO. J. LEGAL ETHICS 319 (1998)
  • “I Will Not Sit Idly By While My Future is Determined:” The Response of the University of Michigan Black Law Students’ Alliance to Grutter v. Bollinger, et al., 8 MICH. J. GENDER & L. 101 (2002)

Member, The Sedona Conference Working Group on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure

Court Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

* If you are looking for more information about the Blog, click here for the Blog’s first post which provides additional detail about the Blog’s purpose and goals beyond simply tracking intellectual property cases in the Northern District of Illinois. While the Blog has evolved in the years since Dave started it, that first post continues to provide a good explanation of the Blog’s purpose and value.