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Professor of Law

Local Address: Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
217 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
United States

Company Description: Thomas Cooley Law School The Thomas Cooley Law School provides an excellent legal education program with leading faculty members and a variety of facilities. Mr....   more

Employment History


  • bachelor's degree
    University of Michigan
  • J.D.
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To learn how the decision will ..., 17 June 2013 [cached]
To learn how the decision will affect research and the biotech industry, Singularity Hub contacted Professor David Berry, director of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School's Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law.
SH 134_#7 Professor Berry said, "The USPTO has been granting patents on isolated human genes and similar molecules for many years.
Berry thinks the decision will also benefit genetic researchers as they no longer face the threat of infringement. "If the decision results in expanded research and innovation, then the public at large will win, since investment in innovation results in new products, better products, and less expensive products."
All that said, no one knows exactly how the decision will play out.
According to Berry, patent law has been subject to "enormous" change since 2005. Apart from the Supreme Court, the lower courts, Congress, and even the White House have had a hand at it. Berry says, "The most pressing issue in the patent field right now is for the USPTO, the courts, and patent owners to sort through all the changes, and understand what it all means."
Professor David C. Berry, ..., 18 Oct 2013 [cached]
Professor David C. Berry, Director of Cooley's Graduate IP Program and a council member of the State Bar IP section, stated that, "We received a record number of entries in this year's writing competition, demonstrating the expanding interest in intellectual property law at law schools across the state.
Cooley Law School Professor ..., 27 Dec 2010 [cached]
Cooley Law School Professor David Berry has gone from practicing patent law at a private Boston firm to teaching intellectual property courses to law school students. And he wouldn't have it any other way.
Now after seven years of being involved with the International Trademark Association (INTA), Berry has been recognized for his service with that legal trade organization, having been awarded the Volunteer Service Award for the Advancement of the Association. The INTA announced Berry's award in November.
Berry is the Director of Cooley's Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law and he works out of the school's Auburn Hills campus.
"I found out about it about a month before the announcement and it came as quite a surprise," said the Flint native.
The award recognizes individuals who provide exemplary volunteer service to INTA during the past year, and often for long-term service spanning multiple years. INTA recognized Berry for his efforts to increase the participation of academic members in association programs. He played a key role in initiating the annual INTA Trademark Scholarship Symposium, open to intellectual property professors and scholars worldwide, and a special "Academic Day" of programming at INTA's annual meeting.
Both projects have succeeded in increasing the involvement of professors and law students in INTA.
"The association has decided back in 2003 when I first jointed that it needed to have a stronger involvement with law school professors from around the country," Berry said. "The symposium allows professors and scholars to present papers and get comments from peers and people representing clients in trademark issues."
One challenge with being a law school professor is that it can be difficult to keep current with what is happening in the real world, especially without regular client contact, Berry said. The INTA's annual symposium, of which Berry has played a major role for the last seven years, allows law school professors to have an opportunity for continuing education on a variety of IP-related topics.
That is particularly critical in a specialty where ongoing changes with the Internet and social media lead to evolving legal issues and statutes.
INTA is an international organization that before the early part of the 21st Century was considered more as a lobby for IP brand owners. But over time it became more of an organization that reflects trademark and brand needs from a legal perspective, Berry said.
"We try to support professors who are working on research," Berry said.
Berry made the decision to focus on teaching law nearly a decade ago. Cooley was looking for lawyers with corporate experience for its then brand-new Auburn Hills campus.
"I had done (the private practice job) and I just thought that I needed to do something that was a little more for me -- something that piqued my interests," Berry said. "I wanted interaction with students and looked forward to building something from the ground level. I can truly say that I haven't looked back on that decision -- at least on most days," he added with a chuckle.
And during that time local and national interest in IP law among law school students has increased, said Berry, a University of Michigan Law School graduate. One reason is simple demand -- more professionals encounter IP issues in businesses.
"Entrepreneurs are becoming more innovative so we have to worry a lot about IP," Berry said.
That was very rare 10-15 years ago, Berry said. Now the school caters to these professionals, who have technical backgrounds.
"Many of them are entering the IP field and law schools are forced to expand these programs to remain current with the trends," Berry said.
David Berry, co-director of ..., 23 May 2012 [cached]
David Berry, co-director of Cooley's graduate program in Intellectual Property Law and a patent law professor, was pleased that the Mitchell Report on Intellectual Property Curricula confirmed the progress that Cooley has made in the past several years to develop a first-rate IP law curriculum.
"Many law schools suggest that they teach IP law but lack the comprehensive curriculum that Cooley has developed," says Berry. "As we understand the study methodology, researchers examined the IP-related courses taught at all U.S. law schools by comparing them to a set of predetermined subject areas. Cooley earned 24 points for the number of different IP courses offered, which ranked first in the nation. In addition, Cooley offered at least one class in 15 of the 18 possible subject categories, which ranked second nationally."
Berry and his colleague, professor and program co-director Gerald Tschura, joined the Cooley faculty in 2002 specifically to create a comprehensive intellectual program, including a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) program in IP Law.
Berry and Tschura are registered patent attorneys who have used their 30 years of combined experience in private and corporate IP practice to plan and develop the IP curriculum.
Berry has represented companies in patent and license disputes in such fields as consumer products, biotechnology and biochemical engineering, semiconductor fabrication, computer devices, financial services, and e-commerce. He, too, has argued successfully before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
"From the beginning, Cooley's IP Advisory Board, chaired by William Coughlin of Ford Global Technologies LLC, set as a goal a high-quality program that combined substantive knowledge and real-world skills to give our students the experience they would need to be successful IP practitioners," says Berry.
Cooley's program differs from those at other law schools in that it offers an L.L.M. degree program in IP, an IP concentration for J.D. students, and a Joint J.D./L.L.M. program for J.D. students who want to take graduate-level IP courses and later apply them to an L.L.M. degree. The curriculum includes foundation courses in the major IP disciplines and practical skills courses in patent and trademark office practice.
"Cooley's IP L.L.M. program is unique in that it has a required foundation course in Licensing of Intellectual Property-a complex area critical to a well-rounded IP practice," adds Berry.
Professor Berry explains that Intellectual Property Law is now recognized as one of the most important legal specialties for the modern U.S. economy.
Berry appreciates the opportunity to work with the students in his classes who will comprise the next generation of attorneys in this cutting-edge field.
"Almost every semester, the courses I teach involve important changes to the law that are taking place from week to week," says Berry.
Ardent Partners, Inc., 25 Oct 2004 [cached]
David Berry - Network, Security & Wireless & IP Telephony EngineerDavid is certified as a Cisco Certified Network & Design Professional (CCNP/CCDP).In addition he has served as a Cisco Certified Security Specialist and as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).Dave has solid experience in designing, troubleshooting and installing networks ranging from a few nodes to thousands of nodes.He has also been instrumental in the design and installation of Intrusion Detection Systems and Firewalls.Having practical experience and training through Proxim, Cisco Systems (WLANSE/FE), Apple Computer and Lucent in wireless applications, Dave has designed and implemented many wireless networks.Being certified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in Messaging (MCSE), certified in the Apple OSX, and an Novell (CNE), he has a great deal of experience installing file servers and dealing with cross platform issues.
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