Dave Bourgeau, US Patent Attorney

My Background

Before becoming an attorney, I was an engineer for fifteen years, first in the Navy and then at a few Fortune 500 companies.

During my time in the Navy, I served as a nuclear power-trained officer in charge of reactor controls and electronic systems on the cruiser USS California (CGN-36). From there, I went on to work extensively with industrial automation and industrial robots in the automobile manufacturing sector. After my Navy and automotive industry days, I proceeded to work as an engineer and manager in the shipping and food industries, focusing mainly on manufacturing systems and equipment, software application development, process design, project management, root cause analysis, and complex planning.

With this technical experience and leadership background, I’m as comfortable speaking with your engineers and developers about the details as I am discussing high level business strategy with your leadership team.

I grew up and went to college in Michigan but I’ve lived in Oregon for over a decade now. I currently reside in Portland with my wife, three daughters, and our two dogs. We love to visit the Oregon coast, and I enjoy being a photographer in my spare time.

My Practice

I’m a partner at the law firm of Kolisch Hartwell, in Portland, Oregon. My practice includes the full range of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters. With a strong technical background in industrial engineering, computer science, and nuclear engineering, as well as extensive practical experience in manufacturing and business, I advise companies on both technical and non-technical matters.

As an intellectual property attorney, my focus is on helping your business identify and strategically protect its intangible assets. As a registered patent attorney, I can assist with every aspect of IP law, including patent preparation and prosecution, portfolio strategy, licensing, and freedom-to-operate.

In my patent work, I represent a broad array of industries. In general, though, I tend to focus on complex mechanical inventions, typically involving electronics and software controls.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School: Intellectual Property Law Certificate; Evening Student Award; Gantenbein Scholar; Lewis & Clark Law Review (Articles Editor)
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Industrial & Operations Engineering, University of Michigan: Scabbard and Blade Honor Society; Navy ROTC; Harvard Prize recipient
  • Nuclear Power School, United States Navy

Bar Admissions and Organizations:

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Patent Law Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Executive Committee, Technology Section of the Oregon State Bar
  • Oregon Patent Law Association (OPLA)
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Portland New Generations

Areas of Expertise:

  • Patent application drafting
  • Patent prosecution
  • Utility patents, design patents, provisional patents
  • Patentability
  • Patent-related legal opinions (noninfringement, invalidity, etc.)
  • Patent strategy
  • Patent portfolio development
  • Trademark prosecution
  • Trademark strategy
  • Trademark Clearance
  • GDPR
  • PCT Applications
  • Patent Licensing
  • Trademark Licensing


About Kolisch Hartwell

Kolisch Hartwell, P.C. is a full-service intellectual property (IP) law firm serving clients from offices in Portland, Oregon and Palo Alto, California. For over 65 years, we have maintained a high-performing, highly experienced team of attorneys, patent agents and technical consultants, building a respected reputation for a full range of services in patent, copyright, trade secret, and trademark law.

We protect, license, and litigate IP rights for a broad range of clients from individual inventors and startups to high-visibility Fortune 500 brands and internationally-based companies. We maintain the technical depth and legal experience to handle any matter within the realm of intellectual property law, while remaining small enough to avoid the high overhead costs of a big firm.

Learn more at www.KHPatent.com.