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David  St. John-Larkin

David St. John-Larkin

Perkins Coie LLP

Denver, CO, USA


Dave St. John-Larkin, a partner with the Perkins Coie's Intellectual Property practice, regularly handles licensing, patent prosecution and patent analysis matters. Building on more than a decade of private practice and in-house legal experience, Dave represents numerous clients, including leading companies in telecommunications, software, content creation and distribution, semiconductors, drones, wearables, and space and satellite industries. 

As a registered patent attorney, Dave counsels companies about developing, protecting and monetizing their intellectual property. A leader within Perkins’ IP Value Group, he has successfully guided the offensive and defensive evaluation of third-party patent portfolios, in some cases exceeding thousands of patents, while adhering to strict client deadlines and budget expectations. Dave also assists clients with enforcement, licensing and litigation matters, with a focus on defending clients against non-practicing entities (i.e., patent trolls).

Early in his career, Dave worked with one of the FORTUNE 500’s busiest and most demanding legal departments. As an in-house attorney at EchoStar Communications Corporation (now Dish Network and EchoStar), he worked firsthand with executives on numerous commercial agreements, licensing, litigation, prosecution and standard-setting matters. Having thrived in this grueling environment, Dave is no stranger to the increased demands placed on today’s in-house counsel.

Dave has a rigorous technical background in computer hardware and software. From building his first computer (with an Intel 80286 processor) to programming at Michigan Tech and beyond, Dave is fluent in a variety of languages including C, C++, Java, C#, Ruby, and SQL. He is equally at home with Microsoft-, Linux- and Unix-based client-server systems, as well as numerous mobile and enterprise computing platforms. Prior to working as an attorney, Dave gained programming experience in a wide range of industries, including e-commerce, industrial waste management, medical software, and telecommunications.

Active in the community, Dave is a board member with the Silicon Flatirons Center and with the Denver Language School (a public charter immersion school in Denver).  He is also an avid drummer, a longtime Rush fan, and he spends much of his free time with his wife looking after their three energetic boys.
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