- Mechanical Engineering
- Automotive Technology
- Aerospace & Aeronautics
- Medical Devices
- Internet & E-Commerce
- Additive Manufacturing
- Design Patents Practice
- Due Diligence in IP Acquisitions
- IP Transactional
- Patent Landscaping and Risk Analysis
- Post Grant Practice
- Strategic IP Portfolio Development and Management
- State of California, 2007
- United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1997
- Not admitted in Connecticut
Concord Law School, J.D., 2006
- Moot Court 2005
- Best Oral Argument, Plaintiff and Distinguished Brief, Plaintiff, 2006
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1994
University of Hartford, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1990
- Guest Lecturer, University of Connecticut School of Law
- Guest Lecturer, Western New England University School of Law
Dave currently focuses on assisting clients in protecting their inventions in both U.S. and foreign patent offices in a variety of technical fields, including automotive, electrical power distribution and transmission, renewable energy, and optical measurement systems. He also has significant experience in assisting clients in developing cost effective strategies for building and managing their intellectual property portfolios. Dave further counsels startup to medium sized clients in preparing their portfolios for investment financing and associated due diligence activities.
Dave chairs the firm's Additive Manufacturing Practice Group. Before beginning his career as an IP attorney, Dave was as an engineer, where he gained hands-on experience in additive technologies such as 3D printing, manufacturing and product design.
Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2014-present
Counsel, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2013
Associate, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2007-2012
Director of Intellectual Property, Distributed Energy Systems Corp., 2002 - 2007
Manager of Intellectual Property, General Electric, 1997 – 2002
Design Engineer and Patent Specialist, E. I. DuPont de Nemours, 1990 – 1997
- Legal 500 USA 2018June 4, 2018
Cantor Colburn LLP has been recommended as a Leading Firm by the Legal 500 United States 2018 in Intellectual Property for Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings). This is the ninth consecutive year that Cantor Colburn has been recognized for this highly selective honor.
- June 30, 2017
Cantor Colburn has been recommended as a Leading Firm by the Legal 500 United States 2017 in Intellectual Property for Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings). This will be the firm’s eighth consecutive year as being recognized for this highly selective honor. Partners Michael Cantor, Phil Colburn, Leah Reimer, Pamela Curbelo, Andy Ryan and Dave Christensen received special recognition from the editors of the publication. Dave Christensen was also recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer.
- Law360April 10, 2014
Four of Cantor Colburn’s attorneys were recognized in Law360’s law firm elevations list for the first quarter of 2014.
- January 1, 2014
Cantor Colburn LLP, one of the nation’s leading intellectual property law firms, welcomes the new year with the election of four partners and two counsels. Dave S. Christensen, Daniel R. Gibson, M. Brad Lawrence, and Leslie- Anne Maxwell, Ph.D. have been elevated to partner, and Thomas J. Mango and Jeffrey L. Waters have been elevated to counsel.
- IP FrontlineAugust 17, 2006
Partner Dave Christensen’s article, "The Tools to Make Your Patent Valuation Look Better," was published by IP Frontline (August 17, 2006). In it, Dave examines a method of quickly assessing and formulating a valuation for a large volume of patent assets. This process used secondary parameters available from commercial suppliers along with depreciation techniques for communicating the value of the patent assets to financial members of the team.
- March 28, 2018Southington, Connecticut
The Women of Innovation® awards gala on March 28, 2018, celebrates the women who make Connecticut's businesses and institutions strong leaders on the cutting edge. The event is presented by the Connecticut Technology Council, and Cantor Colburn attorneys Taylor Coon and Jamie Sternberg are judges, working to evaluate the finalists' contributions and select award winners.
- March 23, 2018New York City
Cantor Colburn is proud to sponsor the New York Intellectual Property Law Association's 96th Annual Dinner in Honor of the Federal Judiciary on March 23, 2018. The firm is a longtime sponsor of the Judges' Dinner.
- March 7, 2018Chicago
- March 31, 2017New York, New York
- Business Model for Licensing2001WRG Conference, Philadelphia PA
- Internet Tools for Technology Licensing2000Yet2.com Conference, Amsterdam, NL
American Bar Association
- Knowledge Strategy Committee
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Intellectual Property Owners Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Legacy Council Member, MakerspaceCT
Co-Chairman, Board of Trustees, Harwinton Public Library, 2010-2016