Daniel J. Burns

Daniel J. Burns

Daniel J. Burns

Dan Burns, a partner in Goodwin's Business Law Department and a member of its Patent Prosecution and Technology Transactions Practices, focuses his practice on domestic and international patent prosecution in the areas of software, Internet, information retrieval, cloud computing, renewable energy, machine learning, image processing, 3-D graphics, web technologies and bioinformatics, among others. His work includes performing invention harvests with client engineering teams and serving as a liaison between the teams and in-house counsel, as well as reviewing and revising intellectual property agreements, preparing clients for licensing negotiations and performing open source investigations. Mr. Burns also has experience investigating patent holdings and providing recommendations for design-around and licensing opportunities. He joined Goodwin in 2013.

Professional Activities

Mr. Burns is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Burns was a partner at Fish & Richardson in Silicon Valley. Before beginning his legal career, he worked as a software engineer and manager for 10 years and is fluent in Java, C++, MS-Windows and various flavors of Unix. His previous technical experience also includes work as an engineer in the Space Physics Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.


In law school, Mr. Burns was on the editorial board of the Loyola Law Review.

Areas of Practice
Scientific Experience
Technical Experience



J.D., 2001
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
M.S., Computer Science, 1997
California State University
B.S., Computer Science, 1986
Old Dominion University
(cum laude, Phi Beta Phi)



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
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