The Importance of UAF’s Intellectual Property Lawyer

October 5, 2020

David Park
David Park is an intellectual property lawyer for OIPC. Photo courtesy of David Park.

In Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress is given the power to “promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”

The very legal heart of the United States provides the foundation for intellectual property rights like patents over discoveries. Accordingly, intellectual property lawyers serve as advocates and advisers counseling clients about many forms of creation including patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights, the four main areas of intellectual property law.

Whether inventing a new device like a novel dog leash or an improved spectrometer, developing a secret process after trial and error, thinking up a great name for a company or gadget, writing a screenplay or taking a photograph, an intellectual property lawyer can help the inventor, engineer, business owner, author, professor or student secure and protect intellectual property rights over their discoveries and creative works.

OIPC, UAF and UAS are luck to have David Park as our intellectual property lawyer. Prior to working at UAF, David worked as an intellectual property attorney for over 15 years with a particular focus on high technology clients, patent procurement and patent portfolio management. He counseled and developed long-term relationships with engineers and scientists, university technology transfer offices, in-house counsel and corporate executives. Before going to law school, David worked for three years as an engineer/consultant for an environmental engineering company. David's professional education includes a JD from the UCLA School of Law and a BS in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).