Doug Clark is involved in all aspects of civil litigation, with a strong focus on intellectual property litigation (including patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks). During his career he has brokered and facilitated the favorable settlements in several dozen matters.
Doug has successfully argued before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) resulting in the invalidation of an opponent's patent. He won an arbitration regarding a contractual matter and an International Trade Commission (ITC) trial regarding vape pens. He has represented clients in diverse technology categories, including semiconductors, cell phones, digital content processing, MMS/SMS (multimedia messaging services/short message service), wireless communications, memory card readers, thumb drives, solar power, wire design, aircraft fire inerting systems, pharmaceutical cancer drugs, gene therapy, bovine vaccines, baby products, truck aerodynamics, exercise equipment, and aircraft seating.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Doug was a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy where he completed the Navy's rigorous nuclear power program and qualified as a nuclear engineer. During his naval career, he addressed NATO allies at a NATO Submarine Conference in Portsmouth, England regarding submarine information sharing and connectivity; acted as a U.S. liaison officer with the Swedish Submarine Force to coordinate the first ever public visit of a Swedish submarine to the Mediterranean; and managed divisions of up to 45 men while on board the USS Columbus out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Doug is co-president of the Tom Homann LGBTQ+ Law Association, director/treasurer of SDIPLA (San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association), member of SDCBA (San Diego County Bar Association), former president of OCIPLA (Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association), and former director of OCLBA (Orange County Lavender Bar Association).
Battling Boredom While Building Virtual Cities: PTAB Denies Claims as Patent-Ineligible, PTAB Litigation Blog
- January 10, 2022
Exchange on Equity Roundtable: Leading as Community
- October 28, 2021
Tom Homann LGBTQ+ Annual Dinner — President's speech
- June 2, 2021
Podcast, Time to Meet & Confer! (E16) - Recognizing the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association
- January 18, 2017
IP Year in Review
- February 26, 2015
Hot Topics in IP Law and How to Get Hired, Western State University College of Law
- May 16, 2013
Design Patents in Light of Apple v. Samsung, Orange County Patent Law Association
- November 28, 2011
Intellectual Property Career Paths and the Job Market, panelist, Western State University College of Law
- University of Southern California (J.D. 2011; Order of the Coif; Roger Sherman Memorial Prize in Intellectual Property for scholastic achievement; Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal; Beatty Inn of Phi Delta Phi; Recipient of numerous AmJur Awards for highest academic achievement); Chapman University (First year of law school, 2008; Treasurer, OUTlaw; Recipient of several CALI Awards for highest academic achievement); University of Notre Dame (B.S. in Computer Engineering cum laude 1994; B.A. in Spanish Literature cum laude 1994)
- California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California; and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Submarine Officer and Lieutenant, United States Navy (1994-2002); Decorations: 2 Navy Commendation Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, NATO Kosovo Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, 2 Meritorious Unit Commendations, and 2 National Defense Service Commendations: Persian Gulf War & 9/11
"Rising Star" in intellectual property litigation, San Diego Metro Super Lawyers 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021
Recognized as a top rated intellectual property litigation attorney in San Diego by Super Lawyers
Named a "key lawyer" in The Legal 500 2021 rankings for trade secrets