David Deal, J.D., recently joined the Washington University School of Law as the administrative director of the Intellectual Property and Business Formation Clinic and as the acting associate director of the Center for Research on Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Deal is a 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Engineering. Prior to coming to the University, he was an associate at Thompson Coburn LLP and a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Deal’s practice at Thompson Coburn LLP focused primarily on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications but also included trademark, copyright, trade secret, licensing and litigation matters. His work as a patent examiner included reviewing patent applications, drafting office actions, and working with inventors to place applications in condition for allowance and to ultimately issue as United States Patents.