David L. Hecht
A titan in the field of intellectual property, David L. Hecht represents some of the most powerful and influential people and companies in the world. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial disputes, with an emphasis on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and right of publicity cases. David serves as the co-chair of the firm's intellectual property group. He is a founding partner of the firm's New York office and also serves as the Managing Partner of that office.
David’s high-profile cases have been featured in nearly every major publication and newscast in the United States, and the world, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Newsweek, Bloomberg, Variety, Forbes, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly, TechCrunch, The Verge, NPR, CNN, CBC, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and Entertainment Tonight.
A registered patent attorney, David has appeared in dozens of patent-related matters, including inter partes review proceedings, for industry giants including Raytheon, Huawei, and MediaTek. David has tried numerous District Court and International Trade Commission (ITC) cases to verdict involving a wide range of computer, software, communications, and medical products related technologies. Among the most notable of those trials was Apple v. Samsung, known as the "patent trial of the century." David was also part of the trial team that secured the first-ever exclusion order against Apple in the ITC.
David also has extensive experience in copyright cases. He helped secure a $25 million copyright jury trial win for music publishing house BMG Rights Management, named the largest verdict in Virginia in 2015. Currently, he represents a bevy of performers against Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive with respect to copyright, right of publicity, and/or trademark claims.
On the trademark front, David currently represents Chris Aire, known as the "King of Bling" and jeweler to the stars, and his company Solid 21, Inc. in an enforcement campaign of the RED GOLD® mark against the watch and jewelry industry. Solid 21’s near decade-long dispute with a famous Swiss watch manufacturer was settled months after Pierce Bainbridge was engaged, with David leading the charge.
David holds a rare and highly coveted educational trifecta: degrees in engineering (B.S. in electrical and computer engineering), business (M.B.A.) and law (J.D.). He worked as a network engineer prior to law school and a patent agent while a law student. David also founded several successful startups during the Great Recession, including real estate investment and event production companies. David draws from his diverse background and experience to understand the most intricate details of his clients' intellectual property and/or business.
Prior to joining the firm, David worked for several international law firms, including Jones Day, Quinn Emanuel and Steptoe & Johnson. He also worked as in-house counsel for a publicly-traded company focused on licensing and intellectual property assertion.
Since 2015, David has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer and Rising Star.
Entertainment & Media Litigation
General Commercial Litigation
Domestic and International Arbitration
Class Action Litigation
Trial Substitution and Crisis Litigation
Defended a leading, multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition in the Eastern District of Texas; matter settled six days into a jury trial scheduled for 12 days.
Defended a major American defense contractor and industrial corporation before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Defended Furniture World, a New Jersey furniture distributor, against allegations of design patent and copyright infringement by Ashley Furniture; matter settled favorably.
Represented music publisher copyright holders against a large Internet Service Provider (ISP) relating to allegations of vicarious/contributory liability for copyright infringement by its customers.
Represented a pharmaceutical patent holder in several Hatch Waxman ANDA litigations relating to opioid dependence treatment medication.
Defended a leading global provider of data encryption and cyber security solutions against allegations of patent infringement relating to an electronic information and cryptographic key management system.
Solid 21, Inc.
BMG Rights Management
J.D., Fordham University School of Law
M.B.A., Rutgers University School of Business
B.S., Rutgers University School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
State Bar of New York
State Bar of New Jersey
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States District Court, District of Delaware
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, Managing Editor