R. David Donoghue

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R. David Donoghue is a trial attorney and the deputy practice group leader of Holland & Knight's Intellectual Property Group, focusing his almost 15 years of experience upon intellectual property litigation and particularly upon patent disputes. Mr. Donoghue's most recent trial experience includes a jury verdict finding of willfulness, a full trebling of damages and a full award of attorney's fees in the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Donoghue has also been chosen as lead trial counsel in RPXIS’s insurance program defending companies against non-practicing entities.

In addition to his focus defending retailers and their supply chains against non-practicing entities, Mr. Donoghue’s practice spans diverse technology areas, including internet technologies, cellular telephony, computer software, WiFi, pharmaceuticals, automotive technologies, electrical technologies, television production equipment, nutritional supplements and numerous medical devices.

Mr. Donoghue was previously with Delphi, the world's largest automotive supplier, where he was a founding member of Delphi's Technology Licensing and Litigation Group and handled substantial international intellectual property litigation and licensing matters. 

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 recommended Mr. Donoghue in 2014. The 2015 write-up states "David Donoghue is an excellent attorney who holds himself to the highest standards. More than any other attorney, he is personally concerned about his clients' business and provides pragmatic advice that renders decision making easy. Several years in-house have given him a keen commercial sense and he is an upfront communicator with leading expertise on retail industry affairs. The Holland & Knight supremo writes the well-received Chicago IP Litigation blog and is always up on the case law." Mr. Donoghue has served as an adjunct professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching legal research and writing and intellectual property courses. At the beginning of his legal career, Mr. Donoghue served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gordon J. Quist, federal district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Patent Law, 2015-2017; Litigation - Patent, 2016, 2017 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2017
  • IAM Patent 1000, the World’s Leading Patent Professionals - Litigation, International Asset Management magazine, 2014, 2015
  • Chicago's Rising Stars: 40 Under 40, The National Law Journal, 2013
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property magazine, 2013-2015 - Patent Contentious, Trademark Contentious, and Licensing
  • Current Developments Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Chicago Bar Association Herman Kogan Media Award
  • Chicago Business Lawyer magazine 2010 40 and Under 40, 2010


  • PTAB Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Law360 Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board
  • University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Alumni Association, Board Member