dboundy @ cambridgetechlaw.com
David Boundy is a patent attorney with expertise in Intellectual Property and Administrative Law. Mr. Boundy has a Master’s degree and ten years’ engineering experience in computer and communications engineering. After graduating from Columbia University Law School, David held positions as senior in-house IP counsel for a billion-dollar company, and in two top-25 law firms practicing intellectual property and business law.
Mr. Boundy has represented and counseled inventors, investors, startups, and established companies in intellectual property matters. The scope of representation has included patent prosecution, licensing, counseling to avoid litigation, opinions, financing and public offering transactions, due diligence, acquisitions, and spinoffs. His special expertise is computer hardware, software, and algorithms, especially systems software and mathematically-intensive computation such as medical imaging.
In executive branch rulemaking matters, Mr. Boundy led the teams that successfully quashed the Patent Office’s 2006-09 Continuations, 5/25 claims, IDS, Appeal, and IDS regulations, and has consulted on comment letters and legal challenges to other rules. In Article III litigation and appeals, Mr. Boundy has provided specialty consultation to lead counsel on issues at the intersection of Patent Office procedure and administrative law.
Legal Representations and Engineering Experience
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property, and equity partner, at Cantor Fitzgerald, now the largest independent investment bank, and among the most patent-savvy broker-dealers on Wall Street. Licensing, amicus briefing in Supreme Court and Federal Circuit cases, patent prosecution. Strategic response to troll inquiries. Actively participated in several organizations’ advocacy activities, including meeting with Senators and Representatives during consideration of the AIA, amicus briefing in patent and administrative law cases.
In fifteen years with the premiere law firms of Willkie Farr and Gallagher, Shearman & Sterling, Morgan & Finnegan, and Fish & Richardson, represented clients in a broad spectrum of intellectual property issues including litigation, defensive opinion letters, pre-assertion validity and infringement vetting, licensing, due diligence, intellectual property aspects of M&A and IPO transactions, and highly-leveraged bank lending against intellectual property. Built patent prosecution practices for Willkie and Shearman.
For Hewlett-Packard, Apollo Computer, and a Massachusetts Route 128 startup, compilers, operating system internals, processor architecture, fault-tolerant diagnostics, networking. For a furniture manufacturer and an accounting firm, accounting and resource management applications software. Invited to lecture at M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science on compiler construction.
- J.D. with honors, Columbia University Law School, New York, NY
- non-degree graduate studies in electrical and computer engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA.
- M.S. in Computer and Communication Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
- B.S., triple major in mathematics, computer science, and physics, Hope College, Holland MI
Mr. Boundy is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and several federal courts.
Mr. Boundy is a member of IEEE (the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers), and is an active member of IEEE’s Intellectual Property Committee. He is also a member of the ABA, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and Boston Patent Law Association
- David E. Boundy, Administrative Law Observations on Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, American Bar Ass’n, Landslide (the magazine of the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section), vol. 9 no. 3 (electronic edition) (Jan-Feb 2017).
- David E. Boundy, Why Administrative Law Matters to Patent Attorneys—In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC, Patently‑O (Feb. 9, 2015).
- David E. Boundy, Why the 2011 America Invents Act is Bad for Entrepreneurs, Bad for Startups, and Bad for America—and How to Fix It, International In-House Counsel Journal, Cambridge UK (Jun, 2012)
- Opportunity to Reform Existing PTO Regulations and to Ease Patent Application Paperwork Burden, IP Watchdog (Apr 25, 2012)
- David E. Boundy, Why Patent Reform is Bad for Startups, Small Business, Patent Attorneys and America. Westlaw Journal of Intellectual Property – expert commentary series (Jan. 2012)
- Renee Kaswan, David Boundy, Gerald Barnett, Supreme Court Case Could Deprive Inventors & Businesses Ability to Commercialize Inventions, IP Watchdog (Dec 15, 2010)
- David Boundy, Renee Kaswan, Ron Katznelson, eds., Special Issue on Patent Reform, Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Medical Innovation & Business vol. 2 no. 2 (Jun 2010) .
- David Boundy and Matthew Marquardt, Patent Reform’s Weakened Grace Period: Its Effects On Startups, Small Companies, University Spin-Offs And Medical Innovators, Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Medical Innovation & Business vol. 2 no. 2 pp. 27-37 (Jun 2010) .
- David Boundy and Salem Katsh, Festo, Shmesto – Patent Prosecution for Literal Infringement, Patent Strategies and Tactics (Apr 2001)
- David Boundy, Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, A Survival Manual: First-Inventor-to-File, sponsored by IEEE‑USA (Oct. 16, 2012).
- Corporate IP Counsel Summit, World Research Group (Apr. 27-28, 2010)
- PLI, Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop
- Complier Construction, Rules of Thumb, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science invited lecture (1992)
- David is frequently asked to brief as amicus curiae in patent cases, and was lead author in IEEE‑USA’s briefs in Bilski v. Kappos at certiorari stage, in CLS v. Alice at the Federal Circuit, in Hyatt v. Kappos, and other cases.
- In Tafas v. Dudas, Briefs of amicus curiae Polestar Capital et al. These briefs received considerable coverage in the major patent law blogs:
- Brief Highlights Patent Office’s Suspicious Procedures, Patent Baristas (Jan. 11, 2008)
- Oops, They Did It Again — Patent Office has “Typographical Error”, Patent Baristas (Jan. 14, 2008)
- Letters to Patent Office and Office of Management and Budget opposing 2008 Appeal Regulations raising issues under the Paperwork Reduction Act, which ultimately resulted in OMB ordering the PTO to stand down on these regulations:
- Notice and Comment letter to PTO (Aug 18, 2008)
- Letter to Office of Management and Budget on economic effects of 2007 IDS Regulation, on behalf of 27 signatory companies (Oct 17, 2007). These letters were discussed in the prominent patent law blogs:
- The OMB Isn’t Listening, Either, Patent Docs (Dec. 11, 2007, 2008);
- Cantor Fitzgerald VP Criticizes IDS Rule in Letter to OMB, Patent Docs (Oct 18, 2007)
- Letter to Office of Management and Budget on budget effects of 2007 Continuations and Claims regulations, on behalf of 26 high technology companies (Jul 3, 2007)
- Presentation at White House Conference Center to the Office of Management and Budget on the effects of the 2007 Claims and Continuations Rules, on behalf of 27 high technology and pharma companies (Jun 15, 2007)
Papers on Software Engineering
- David Boundy, Software cancer: the seven early warning signs, ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes (Jan 1993).
- David Boundy, A taxonomy of programmers, ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes (Jan 1991).
Quoted in Congressional floor debate on patent laws
- Dianne Feinstein, Senate Floor Debate on S.23, S.Amdt. 133, Mar. 2, 2011, describing effect of America Invents Act on small inventors, quoting David extensively
- James Sensenbrenner
- Donald Manzullo
- Michelle Malkin, The Bipartisan ‘Stick It to Individual Inventors’ Act, The National Review (May 22 2015), quotes David.
- Skip Kaltenhauser, From the USA, Not so Intellectual Property, International Bar Ass’n Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law (Oct 2011) quotes David.
- Top Stories of 2008: #5 to #1, Patent Docs blog (Jan. 5, 2009)— David’s win in an administrative law case was the number 2 event of 2008.
- New Patent Appeals Rules: Delayed by White House OMB, Patently-O (Dec. 9, 2008) notes David’s role in blocking the 2008 PTO appeal regulations.
- Managing Intellectual Property [interview]
- PTO Publishes Comments on Proposed BPAI Rules, Patently-O (Nov. 8, 2007).