David VanVliet is an attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, he focuses on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications in the chemical and biotechnological arts.

A former chemist, pharmaceutical scientist and chemistry teacher, David has extensive scientific industry knowledge that he leverages when advising clients. He works with in-house counsel and investors in a large range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, polymers, biotechnology, vaccines, medical devices, chemical coatings, material science, solar energy, steel, lubricating oils, ceramics, LEDs, semiconductors and food science. 

In the litigation area, David assists with patent infringement issues, preparation of noninfringement and invalidity opinions, patentability analysis, due diligence, and patent landscape preparation. In these instances, he conducts searches, evaluates the results and provides ideas on modifying designs to alleviate risk.


  • Charlotte School of Law  (J.D., 2013)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  (Ph.D., 1998)
    • Medicinal Chemistry
  • University of Southern California  (M.S., 1994)
    • Organic Chemistry
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  (B.S., 1991)
    • Chemistry


  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Prior to joining the firm, David was in private practice at a Virginia area firm.