David Olson

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Affiliate Scholar
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David Olson is an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society. David’s current research interests are in the areas of software/business method patents, subject matter patentability, the law and economics of the U.S. patent system, and international regulation of intellectual property. Before joining CIS, David was an associate in the intellectual property department at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. David was in Kirkland’s New York office and then moved to Kirkland’s newest office in San Francisco after that office opened in 2003. While at Kirkland, David worked on trademark cases and on patent cases in the areas of business methods, software, advanced silicon chips, bio-technology, and mechanical devices such as casino card shufflers. David received his B.A. with honors in economics from the University of Kansas in 1997 and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2000. From 2000-2001 David served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston, Texas. David is admitted to the bars of New York and California, and in various federal courts including the Federal Circuit.