Areas of Practice
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., Managing Editor, Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, 2008
  • Rutgers University School of Business, M.B.A., magna cum laude, 2005
  • Rutgers University School of Engineering, B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, cum laude, 2004
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • US District Court, District of Delaware
  • US District Court, District of New Jersey
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • US Patent and Trademark Office

David L. Hecht

1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York NY 10036
TEL: +1 212 506 3905
FAX: +1 212 506 3950

David Hecht is an associate in Steptoe’s New York office, where he is a member of the Intellectual Property Group.

Mr. Hecht focuses his practice primarily on assisting with intellectual property litigation and intellectual property counseling.  His experience includes handling both district court litigation and Section 337 investigations before the US International Trade Commission (ITC), licensing negotiations, as well as preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Hecht handles matters across a variety of industries and technical areas, including medical devices, mechanical and electrical devices, wireless devices, semiconductors, and business methods.  His experience also includes contractual and antitrust issues related to standard-essential patents (SEPs) and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing.

Mr. Hecht’s practice also includes technology transactions, including counseling, structuring and negotiating such deals in industries such as cloud computing, big data, patent licensing, software, internet and new media.  He drafts and negotiates patent, technology, data and software licenses as well as agreements for distribution, software-as-a-service (SaaS), hosting, maintenance, and support, for companies including one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare malpractice insurance.

Mr. Hecht has an educational background that includes undergraduate work in engineering and a graduate degree in business.  In addition, while in law school, he worked as a patent agent.

Representative Matters

  • Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al., (N.D. Cal.) – Former associate on the licensing team that achieved a favorable jury verdict for Samsung with respect to all of Apple’s FRAND defenses and antitrust claims, including breach of contract and attempted monopolization in violation of U.S. antitrust laws.
  • In the Matter of Certain Mobile Electronic Devices, USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-794 – Former associate on the licensing team that obtained the first exclusion order against Apple products for infringement of declared essential patents.
  • In the Matter of Certain Semiconductor Chips, USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-753 – Former associate on the technical team that achieved a complete victory against Rambus on behalf of Respondents MediaTek, Broadcom, nVidia, STMicroelectronics, Cisco, Motorola, Oppo Digital, and others. Not only did the ITC find each and every one of Rambus’s patents invalid, including patents relating to DRAM data transfer scheduling, it also issued a seminal opinion concluding that unclean hands, based in part on spoliation, barred Rambus from enforcing its patents.  The case settled favorably while on appeal.


  • New York Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Intellectual Property, 2015-2017

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Professional Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Council, Member, Intellectual Property Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Member
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Member