Daniel Valenzuela is an associate in the Intellectual Property Department of Barnes & Thornburg's Dallas office. As a registered patent attorney, Daniel focuses his practice on virtually all phases of complex patent litigation. This includes pre-suit investigation, drafting and responding to complaints, temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, motion practice, hearings, offensive and defensive discovery, invalidity contentions, claim construction, depositions, mediations, trials, appeals, and inter partes reviews (IPRs).
He represents clients who work with a wide range of technologies and in various fields, including location tracking systems, internet business methods, two-way radio communications over the internet, personalized marketing technology, navigation and mapping systems, gaming technology, optical switches, plant patents, solar-powered and color-changing lighting products, low profile LED light fixtures, aircraft maintenance systems, and telecommunications.
Daniel has assisted clients with overcoming U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejections and helping them obtain patents and trademarks. Specifically, he has handled patent prosecution issues for smart card technology involving biometric authentication and other security features to prevent identity theft. He also has analyzed multiple patents relating to computer software and hardware for licenses and provided strategic direction on the protection of intellectual property for soft-drink bottling technology.
Further, Daniel served as the law clerk and staff attorney to Judge Mike Herrera of the 383rd District Court in El Paso County, Texas. He conducted extensive research and analysis, and provided recommendations on complex legal and procedural matters.
Active in the community, he has delivered IP presentations and led panel discussions for college students admitted to law schools.
He earned a J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he was a member of the North Dakota Law Review. He also spent his entire second year of law school at the University of Texas School of Law as a visiting student concentrating in intellectual property. Prior to law school, he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and facilitated in designing a million-dollar project known as the Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) in El Paso, Texas.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, Intellectual Property Section of the Dallas Bar Association
Member, Dallas Hispanic Bar Association