David A. Costa

Email: dcosta@olgip.com
Phone: 303-938-9999 x260

David is a Registered Patent Attorney specializing in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of international and domestic patents. David’s practice includes counseling clients on patent strategy, drafting and filing patent applications, and conducting patent prosecution in front of the USPTO. Additional practice areas include prior art searches, patentability and freedom to operate opinions, patent infringement analyses, cease and desist letter, and litigation support. Additionally, David can prepare patent-related contracts, such as nondisclosure agreements, and also support corporate licensing initiatives.

David is an honors graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he received a Juris Doctorate and Certificate Degree in Intellectual Property Law. Prior to attending law school, David received his Ph.D. in the Medical Sciences (emphasis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) and his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering all from the University of South Florida (USF). His master’s studies focused primarily on the role of robotics in medical engineering and design. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. He received his B.S. with honors in Microbiology (minor in Chemistry) from the University of Florida.

David technical experience includes an assistant professorship at the USF Department of Engineering, and a fellowship at the Johnnie B. Byrd Sr. Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute.

Practice Areas

  • Biological, pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech, and life science
  • Pneumatic and hydraulic systems, vibratory structures, process control systems, and general mechanical and electrical
  • Design patents


  • 2011: J.D., with honors, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Certificate Degree in Intellectual Property
  • 2006: M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (with focus on robotics)
  • 2005: Ph.D. in Medical Science, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University Graduate Fellowship, College of Medicine Honor Counsel
  • 1999: B.S. in Microbiology (with minors in Chemistry & Sociology), with honors, University of Florida

Legal Publications

  • D. A. Costa. In Pari Delicto and Crop Gene Patents: An Equitable Defense for Innocently Infringing Farmers, 3 Ky. J. Equine. Agric. & Nat. Resource L. 179 (2011)
  • D. A. Costa. Venor v. AutoDesk: An Erosion of the First Sale Doctrine, 30 Rutgers L. Rec. (Summer 2011)

Technical Publications

  • L. N. G. Nilsson, S. Gografe, D. A. Costa, T. Hughes, D. Dressler, and H. Potter, “Use of fused circulations to investigate the role of apolipoprotein E as amyloid catalyst and peripheral sink in Alzheimer’s disease,” Technology and Innovation 2012 Feb 1;14(2):199-208.
  • D. A. Costa, J. Cracchiolo, A. D. Bachstetter, T. Hughes, K.R. Bales, S.M. Paul, R. F. Mervis, G. W. Arendash, H. Potter. Enrichment improves cognition in AD mice by amyloid‐related and unrelated mechanisms. Neurobiol Aging 2006 May 24.
  • D. A. Costa, L.N.G. Nilsson, K.R. Bales, S.M. Paul, H. Potter. (2004). Apolipoprotein is required for the formation of filamentous amyloid, but not for amorphous Aß deposition, in an AßPP/PS double transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. J Alzheimer’s Disease 6(5): 509‐519.
  • G.W. Arendash, M. Garcia, D. A. Costa, J. Cracchiolo, I. Wefes, H. Potter (2004). Environmental enrichment improves cognition in aged Alzheimerʹs transgenic mice despite stable beta‐amyloid deposition. Neuroreport 15(11): 1751‐4.
  • Leighty R, L.N.G. Nilsson, H. Potter, D. A. Costa, M. Low, K.R. Bales, S.M. Paul, G.W. Arendash. Use of multimetric statistical analysis to characterize and discriminate between the performance of four Alzheimerʹs transgenic mouse lines differing in A‐beta deposition. Behav Brain Res 153(1): 107‐21.
  • L.N.G. Nilsson, G.W. Arendash, R. Leighty, D. A. Costa, M. Low, M. Garcia, J. Cracchiolo, A. Rojiani, X. Wu, K.R. Bales, S.M. Paul, H. Potter. Cognitive impairment in PDAPP mice depends on ApoE and ACT‐catalyzed amyloid formation. Neurobiol Aging 25(9): 1153‐67.

Technical Skills

  • Computer programming proficiencies: Assembly Language, C, C++, Visual Basic
  • Computer software experience: AutoCAD r14, Solid Works (3D solids modeling), Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Front Page, GraphPad Prism (Statistics)
  • Fabrication proficiencies: Machining operations (Lathe, milling machine, surface grinder), Welding (SMAW, GMAW, Oxy-fuel)
  • Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) – Certified Installer (1998 expiration)
  • ASE Certified Automobile Technician (Spring 2013)

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