David Albagli | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

David Albagli

Local Partner, Tokyo


David Albagli, PhD is a Local Partner in White & Case's Global Intellectual Property Practice, based in Tokyo. His practice focuses on intellectual property spanning patent litigation, prosecution, opinion work and patent portfolio strategy development as well as pre-litigation counseling and due diligence investigations. Dr. Albagli advises on a wide range of intellectual property matters in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology sectors.

Dr. Albagli has extensive experience advising Japanese and foreign clients on securing and enforcing patent rights in the US and coordinating patent strategies across multiple countries and regions.

He has hands-on experience as a patent attorney and scientist in a wide range of fields, particularly in chemistry, nucleic acid technologies, in vitro diagnostics, electrochemistry, microfluidics, polymers, and biochemistry.

He holds a PhD in chemistry and spent two years on a fellowship working at the Research & Development Center of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation in Yokohama, Japan. He is registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office. He is a frequent lecturer, in English and Japanese, on current topics in US patent law to clients, universities and professional organizations. He is a Registered Foreign Attorney in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi) and a member of the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association.

Bars and Courts

  • Registered Foreign Attorney in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
  • California State Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry
  • BSE, Princeton University, Department of Chemical Engineering


  • English
  • Japanese
  • French


Speaking Engagements

"2017 Pharma Innovation Development Program: Recent Trends in the US and Japan Regarding Life Sciences and a Globalizing Workforce", January 21, 2017: Tokyo Interdisciplinary Life Science Consortium,

"PCT Applications: Strategies and Tips at the International and National Stages", October 14, 2016: The Japan Patent Attorneys Association,

"2016 'Invention Day' Memorial Lecture", April 20, 2016: Japan Foods & Biotechnology Intellectual Property Rights Center (JAFBIC),

"Current Trends in US. Patent Practice", February 6, 2015: Japan Foods & Biotechnology Intellectual Property Rights Center (JAFBIC),

"US Patent Seminar- Basic Course", October 30 – December 25, 2014: Toshiba Techno Center,

"Establishing Support for Claims and Claim Amendments with the Specification and Post-Filing Data" and "Trends in Post-Grant Procedures under the AIA", April 15, 2014: First Annual "Invention Day" Conference, JAFBIC,

"The Evolving Legal Landscape for Patent Protection of Stem Cells", April 13-15, 2013: The 6th Pan Pacific Symposium on Stem Cells and Cancer Research by Taiwan Neurosurgical Society,
Hsinchu, Taiwan


  • Japan Patent Act Amendment: How to Compensate Inventors Now?, Lexology, July 8, 2016, (Co-author)
  • Prior User Rights in Japan: They Can't Take That Away from Me, Financier Worldwide Global Reference Guide 2012: Intellectual Property, September 2012, (Co-author)
  • "The Fastest Routes for Green Patents", Managing Intellectual Property, August 2012, (Co-author)
  • Strategies for Litigating False Marking Cases, Daily Journal, March 30, 2010, (Co-author)
  • Might No One Have Standing to Bring Suit?, IP Law 360, November 2007, (Co-author)