David P. Britton



David Britton is an associate with Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the firm’s Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice, Life Sciences Industry Team, and Automotive Industry Team. David has experience drafting patent applications, prosecuting patent applications before the U.S. Patent Office, managing worldwide patent portfolios, preparing freedom-to-operate opinions, and identifying targets for enforcement and monetization of intellectual property rights. David’s patent prosecution and counseling practice spans various interdisciplinary technologies, including surgical robotics, medical devices, smart buildings, and control solutions for energy optimization.


David earned his law degree from Duke Law School (J.D., 2017). He was awarded Duke Law's Interdisciplinary Studies Award.

While at Duke, David also earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University – Pratt School of Engineering (M.S., 2017). His master's research included neurosurgical device development and scholarship at the intersection of law, robotics, and human-machine interaction. His thesis focused on regulatory approaches to managing the risks of emerging autonomous technologies.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin (B.S., comprehensive honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 2014), where he majored in physics and history of science and received a certificate in mathematics. He was also a member of the UW Marching Band.


David is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and is registered to practice as a patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.