David M. Tichane

Practice Experience and Education

Practice Experience

David Tichane has over 20 years of experience as in-house and outside counsel in intellectual property including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret related matters.  He has served as intellectual property and patent attorney at Tandem Computers and Sony Corporation of America, where his responsibilities included supervising patenting activities for emerging technology projects, drafting and prosecuting complex patent applications, supervising outside patent counsel, advising and lecturing engineering groups regarding technology law and export regulations, and participating in patent review committees.  David’s experience in private practice includes writing and prosecuting patents involving computer related technology, general physics, and mechanical devices.  He also has appellate experience and success before the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board.


His publications include law journal articles in copyright and trademark law.  In addition, he has published technical articles and symposium papers relating to computer science.


Before his admission to the patent bar, David was a software engineer as well as a senior systems analyst at Prime Computer and Tandem Computers.  At that time, he served as an adjunct instructor at the Pratt Institute’s graduate program in computer science, teaching courses in communications and networking as well as systems programming.  An inventor himself, he has been named on 4 issued patents.  His technical training includes extensive coursework in physics, mathematics, and computer science.




A.B., Government, with honors, and Mathematics, Oberlin College, 1975


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1978


LL.M., Trade Regulation, New York University School of Law, 1993





Professional History and Affiliations

Bars and Courts

  • California, admitted 1979
  • New York, admitted 1980
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, admitted 1993
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, admitted 1979
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, admitted 1981
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, admitted 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, admitted 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, admitted 2010


Law Journal Articles

  • The Maturing Trademark Doctrine of Post-Sales Confusion, Tichane, 85 The Trademark Reporter, July/August 1995 25pp.  [peer-reviewed]


  • Copyright:  Restrictive Notices on Quasi-Public Domain Software, Tichane, 13 The Licensing Journal, April 1993, 8pp.


Technical Articles

  • Pressure Mounting Technology for SMT Devices:  An Alignment and Attachment Solution,” Tichane, Avery, and Suy, IEPS, 1994 International Electronics Packaging Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 1994, 8pp.


  • Software Engineering and the UNIX Development Environment, Tichane,  National Prime Users Group, 12th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 1988, 12 pp.


  • The Source Code Control System within UNIX, Tichane, Prime Systems Symposium, Hilton Head, SC, June 1986, 19 pp.


  • Providing Information about Witnesses:  The Effects on Case-Processing Decisions in Brooklyn Criminal Court, Davis, Russell, and Tichane, Vera Institute of Justice, July 1979, 43 pp.



  • Effective Writing:  A Short Guide to Technical and Business Writing Style, Tichane and Henderson, Prime Spectrum, March 1988. 2pp.


  • Clean Revolution, Tichane, Letter to New York Times, April 3, 2000, p. A24.





  • 5,959,840:  Apparatus for cooling multiple printed circuit board mounted electrical components.


  • 5,881,453:  Method for mounting surface mount devices to a circuit board.


  • 5,615,086:  Apparatus for cooling a plurality of electrical components mounted on a printed circuit board.


  • 5,504,988:  Apparatus for mounting surface mount devices to a circuit board.


  • 2009/0277677:  Electronic Assemblies without Solder and Method for their Design, Prototyping, and Manufacture.


  • Television Simulcast Caption Display and Push Information Service [received SONY Invention award but patent application not filed].


  • Apparatus for Demonstrating Lenz’s law [device constructed and demonstrated but patent not filed].