David Fonda graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Mathematics. After programming cryptography algorithms for the National Security Agency for a couple of years, he went to law school at Gonzaga University School of Law, where he was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Gonzaga Law Review.
David is a licensed patent attorney who practiced with IP law firms for 12 years before becoming in-house patent counsel and chief legal officer for Ceramatec, Inc., a research and development company specializing in advanced material science. David spent 10 years at Ceramatec and was in charge of all legal matters, including drafting and negotiating technology deals, managing Ceramatec’s large patent portfolio, and compliance with the government funding provisions for over one hundred million dollars of government grant awards.
David has experience negotiating with lead counsel for government agencies such as the Department of Energy and has a successful track record in assuring company ownership of government-funded IP prior to the sale of the company and/or its technology. After helping with the sale of Ceramatec to a multi-national heavy oil upgrading company, David started R&D Legal Solutions which specialized in helping R&D companies with their legal needs.
David is currently partnered with Intellectual Strategies, a law firm and patent strategy specialist catering to the needs of startup companies.