David C. Dotson


  • David C. Dotson
  • Phone: +1 404 253 6982

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    1075 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1700
    Atlanta, GA 30309-3929

David C. Dotson practices in the area of intellectual property litigation and is also a member of the firm's Patent Trial and Appeal Board practice group. Mr. Dotson is a registered patent attorney and has extensive experience litigating patent infringement cases in various United States District Courts. Mr. Dotson has litigated patent infringement actions relating to a wide variety of telecommunications and networking technologies, including internet and network security, anti-virus, mobile devices and mobile Internet technology, xDSL, VoIP, Wi-Fi, MPLS networks, cloud computing, content delivery networks, network security, and Multimedia over Coax (MoCA); liquid crystal display (LCD) circuitry; computer hard-drive technology; automated/database marketing systems; and integrated circuit manufacturing.

Mr. Dotson is a 2007 cum laude graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he was galleys editor of the Journal of Technology Law & Policy and earned a Certificate of Intellectual Property, and a cum laude graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S., Industrial & Systems Engineering).

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Patent Infringement Litigation

Representative Matters

  • Represented Palo Alto Networks—a leader in network security and a Fortune Future 50 company—in a six patent infringement action concerning identification of applications by Palo Alto Networks’ network firewall equipment. Plaintiff Implicit LLC was seeking nearly $100 million in damages, plus treble damages due to alleged willful infringement, but Implicit withdrew four of the patents, and the parties ultimately resolved the litigation, to the client’s satisfaction, prior to trial. Implicit LLC v. Palo Alto Networks, Inc., 6:17-cv-336 (E.D. Tex.) (J. Gilstrap)
  • Represented network security company in patent litigation matters involving network security and anti-virus technologies.

  • Represented computer networking company in various patent litigation matters involving VoIP technology, wired and wireless networking technologies, and network security.

  • Represented computer networking company in patent litigation matter involving network security appliances and software.

  • Represented semiconductor manufacturer in patent litigation involving semiconductor fabrication processes.

  • Represented service provider in patent litigation involving content delivery networks and video-on-demand technology.

  • Represented various telecommunications providers and hardware manufacturers in multiple patent litigations involving cloud computing, modem technology, xDSL, and multimedia over coax (MoCA) technologies.

  • Represented service provider and computer networking company in patent litigation involving MPLS networks and multicast VPN technology.

  • Represented plaintiff in patent infringement litigation involving multimedia device interfaces.

  • Represented pro bono client in a landlord-tenant dispute through mediation and eventual entry of default judgment in client's favor.


  • Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007
    - Galleys Editor, Journal of Technology Law & Policy
    - Certificate of Intellectual Property
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., cum laude, 2004


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2017-present
    - Associate, 2010-2016
  • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP
    - Associate, 2008-2010

Honors and Awards

  • Member of Atlanta IP team recognized in 2015 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Member, 2014 Managing Intellectual Property North America Awards: Top Patent Litigation Practice in the Southern United States
  • Co-recipient of Cisco's 2011 Litigation Law Firm of the Year Award