David E.
Wigley, Ph.D.
Partner

404.853.8072

David Wigley, Ph.D. combines his legal experience with years of academic research in chemistry to develop intellectual property strategies that protect both established and fledgling businesses. David focuses mainly on the IP rights of companies involved in chemical, pharmaceutical, materials-related and polymer technologies. Based in Sutherland’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, he works to secure, maintain, license and enforce the IP rights of clients. His track record includes prosecuting patent applications and developing opinions regarding validity/invalidity, infringement/non-infringement and freedom to operate issues.

David, a former professor of chemistry at the University of Arizona, was research director of a program in chemical synthesis and catalysis funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. That experience allows David to leverage a broad understanding of the technology industry and develop IP strategies that align perfectly with the client’s business strategies. He also has proven to be instrumental in IP due diligence related to his clients’ corporate transactions. David is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Awards and Rankings

Postdoctoral study with 2005 Nobel Laureate R.R. Schrock (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship with M.L.H. Green, FRS (Oxford University)

Named Conoco Research Fellow while pursuing a Ph.D. at Purdue University

Professional Activities

Member, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, American Chemical Society

Education
  • J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Law Review and Executive Note Editor, Arizona Law Review
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Purdue University
  • B.S., Chemistry, Mississippi State University
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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