As a registered patent attorney and litigator, Daniel Valenzuela delivers problem-solving skills, legal strategies, and zealous advocacy to meet clients’ objectives. He has practiced law for over a decade with a focus on complex patent litigation across the country and post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Daniel represents clients who work with a wide range of technologies, primarily in the telecommunications, automobile, LED, and gaming industries. Specifically, he has worked with location tracking systems, “error-proof” fastening systems, remote checking technology, video conferencing over IP networks, angioplasty with shockwave technology, Internet business methods, two-way radio communications over the Internet, personalized marketing technology, navigation and mapping systems, gaming technology, wireless communication systems, back lighting technology, optical switches, plant patents, solar-powered and color-changing lighting products, low profile LED light fixtures, and aircraft maintenance systems.
In his litigation experience, Daniel has taken the lead in motion practice, invalidity contentions, discovery disputes, depositions, claim constructions, hearings, and trials. He has also represented multiple clients in reexaminations and inter partes reviews (IPRs), one in particular resulted in preparing an opposition brief to an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court with a favorable outcome.
Further, Daniel 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.
Daniel has also represented several pro bono clients in federal and state courts, where he has obtained positive resolutions. This work included breach of contract cases where he served as first-chair trial attorney; briefing and arguing motions in the Central District of California that resulted in significant sanctions entered against the opposing parties in a § 1983 civil rights action; and a federal appeal of a high school student’s right to a Free Appropriate Public Education under the Individual Disability Education Act.
Active in the community, Daniel has delivered IP presentations and led panel discussions for college students who have been admitted to law school.
Prior to private practice, he served as the law clerk and staff attorney to Judge Mike Herrera of the 383rd District Court in El Paso County, Texas.
While earning his electrical engineering degree, Daniel facilitated the design of 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
Member, Hispanic National Bar Association