David F. Underwood, Ph.D.

President, Registered United States Patent Agent

David F. Underwood

David F. Underwood, Ph.D.
President and Registered United States Patent Agent

Dr. Underwood has extensive experience in the fields of ultrafast laser spectroscopy, alternative energy, nanotechnology, and advanced materials. Dr. Underwood began his career in science with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Colorado State University. From there, he obtained a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, with a focus on ultrafast spectroscopy, photovoltaics, and nanotechnology from Vanderbilt University. As a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Underwood built ultrafast laser systems and performed cutting-edge research in ultrafast spectroscopy. As an author or co-author of over 20 scientific publications, Dr. Underwood enjoyed a distinguished career in experimental science before transitioning to the field of patent law. Dr. Underwood is a registered United States patent agent who developed his legal skills during his tenure at the law firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. During that time, he was engaged in both litigation and prosecution matters in a wide variety of technology areas. Dr. Underwood is a father of three, pilot, retired skydiving instructor and captain on a metropolitan fire department, and an avid fan (and player) of ice hockey.

Practice Areas:

  • Nanotechnology
  • Physics
  • Mechanical devices
  • Spectroscopy
  • Medical devices
  • Renewable energy
  • Firefighting and EMS
  • Lasers
  • Software
  • Chemistry

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