Dalton Case, Associate

From patents to prose to programming: A skilled writer and IP lawyer

As an associate in the firm’s San Diego office, Dalton works with clients and inventors to protect their intellectual property. His practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting patents for chemical and computer software technologies. He’s a lifelong learner who thrives when piecing together the complexities of a patent application, regardless of the industry or sector.

At his core, Dalton is a writer. Whether he’s drafting a patent application, writing his next short story or grappling with computer programming languages, Dalton values the power of conveying a message strategically. He values authenticity as a two-way street: He’s not afraid to deliver hard truth when necessary and he’s the first to seek constructive criticism of his own work.

Dalton first joined the firm as a legal intern, conducting research and preparing arguments for USPTO office action responses. He previously served as a legal extern for Magistrate Judge Bernard Skomal of the Southern District of California District Court. Dalton graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he received the Law Faculty Outstanding Scholarship and served as executive problem writer for the Appellate Moot Court team. He also spent a semester volunteering with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Domestic Violence Clinic.

When he’s not working for his clients, you can likely find Dalton on a run, brainstorming ideas for his next writing project. As the middle child of five siblings, he knows a thing or two about compromise, teamwork and friendly competition.

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  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2020
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016