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David P. Lhota

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David Lhota is a partner with the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Lhota is a registered patent attorney and Florida Bar certified expert in intellectual property. He focuses his practice on protecting, enforcing and defending clients’ valuable intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks and copyrights. 

Mr. Lhota has more than 25 years of experience obtaining patent, trademark and copyright registrations for his clients, drafting and negotiating licenses, intellectual property sales agreements, marketing agreements, non-compete agreements and related business contracts and enforcing and defending intellectual property rights in federal and state courts. He works with clients to seamlessly guide them in bringing their inventions from conception to market as well as branding their products and services.  Mr. Lhota has enforced and defended clients’ valuable intellectual property rights in federal and state courts, including the United States Patent & Trademark Office, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Florida state courts and other U.S. District Courts pro hac vice.

Mr. Lhota has broad patent prosecution experience in a wide-range of electronics, eletcro-mechanical and mechanical fields, including software, mobile communication apps, control systems, wireless networks and communications, computers, local area networks, server data traffic management, intelligent controllers, electro-hydraulic and pneumatic control systems, automated measuring instruments, radios, medical instrumentation, medical food, marine equipment, sports equipment, toys and games.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Lhota founded and led his own firm for eight years. Before attending law school, he served as an Electrical Systems Design Engineer with Sikorsky Aircraft and Hamilton Standard, both Divisions of United Technologies Corporation. While working at Sikorsky, Mr. Lhota designed and developed software driven electro-hydraulic test systems for performing static and dynamic stress analysis testing on aircraft and aircraft components, including transmissions, rotors, blades, and servos. During his time with Hamilton Standard, he helped develop software driven diagnostic test systems for performing diagnostic testing on electronic engine controls, environmental control systems and fuel controls.


American Bar Association, Member

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

Broward County Bar Association, Member

Florida Bar Association, Member

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Past Member

Patent Law Association of South Florida, Member

Community Involvement

BiG Children's Foundation, Board Member

Broward County Legal Aid

Dade County Legal Aid

Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo


University of Miami School of Law, JD, 1994

Tulane University, BS, 1987

Bar Admissions


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

United States Patent and Trademark Office


Florida Bar Certified Expert in Intellectual Property