David Shanks

Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
+46 8 59 88 73 38
About David Shanks
David’s career in patents started in 2008 at the Swedish Patent Office, where he was an Examiner and Search Expert. David joined private practice with Zacco in 2015 and qualified as a European Patent Attorney 2019.
David has a general interest in technology and his practice encompasses a wide range of technical fields, including the automotive, medtech, steel, paper and process Industries. Besides patent drafting and prosecution, David also has experience of assisting clients in implementing innovation and IP management processes in-house.
David graduated with a MSc. in Pure and Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde. He holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Uppsala, and has completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Copenhagen in the field of molecular electronics.
David is a member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI), and the Association of IP Professionals in Swedish Industry (SIPF).
In 2019, he was ranked by Managing Intellectual Property as a Rising Star.
Areas of expertise
  • Patent Oppositions and Appeals
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Translation
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Trade Secrets protection
  • Competitor Watch
  • Technology Watch
  • Patent Landscaping
  • Freedom to Operate
  • Patent Drafting
  • IP Strategy Development
  • Patent Monitoring
  • Patent prosecution
Industry Expertise
  • Food & Beverage
  • Aerospace & Defence
  • Sustainability / GreenTech / CleanTech
  • IT & Software
  • Life Science
  • Medtech
  • Energy, Gas, Oil & Power
  • Automotive
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer Products
  • Hygiene Products
  • Paper/Pulp/Wood Industry
Technical field
  • Metallurgy
  • Food Technology
  • Manufacturing & Process Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry
  • Polymers
  • Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Algorithms
  • Biotechnology
  • Sensor and Measurement Technology
  • Process Technology
  • Materials Technology & Nanotech