David W. Sar - Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

David W. Sar

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 336-271-3175

David Sar represents clients in commercial disputes and matters pertaining to technology and intellectual property. He litigates and tries cases in state and federal courts, as well as before government agencies. He handles business transactions involving trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and technology. He has handled the prosecution or maintenance of over 2,000 trademark and copyright registrations, both within the United States and internationally.  

Honors & Awards
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Intellectual Property Law (2016)
  • Recognized as Best Lawyers' 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" for Greensboro in the area of "Litigation - Intellectual Property; recognized for Intellectual Property Litigation, Litigation--Patent, Patent Law, and Trademark Law (2008-2014), and Trade Secrets Law (2016)
  • Repeatedly recognized as a member of North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Patents and Intellectual Property Law (2005-2008, 2010-2015) and Young Guns (2008) categories by Business North Carolina magazine
  • Recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer and Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation in Law & Politics magazine
  • Recognized by his peers as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Received the 40 Leaders Under Forty Award from Triad Business Journal
Professional & Community Activities
  • Intellectual Property Section of North Carolina Bar Association - Chairman (2011-2012), Vice Chairman (2010-11), Treasurer (2009-10), Secretary (2008-09), Pro Bono / Information Chair (2007-08), Newsletter Chair (2005-07)
  • Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship - Vice-Chairman (2009-13) and Member (2006--) of Board of Directors
  • Trademark Specialty Committee of North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Institutional Review Board of Moses Cone Health System (2005--)
  • Operation Smile - Board of Directors for the Southeast Region (2008--) and Co-Chair of Smiles Galore Gala (2006-2007)
  • Wake Forest Business School Elevator Competition for Entrepreneurs - Judge (2009)
  • Jefferson Wood Homeowners Association Board, President (2010-11)
  • 40 Leaders Under Forty Award Recipient (2007), The Business Journal of the Triad
  • United Way of Greater Greensboro - Chair of Attorney Division Campaign (2005-06)
  • Greensboro Opera Company Board of Directors (2002-07)
  • Leadership Greensboro, Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce (2002-03)
  • University of North Carolina School of Law Adjunct Professor (1998-2000)
  • Intellectual Property Section of American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Articles, Publications & Speeches
  • Speech, "IP/Trademark Issues Relevant to Brewery Law," Mecklenburg County Bar, October 2014 
  • Speech, "Top 10 Myths of Digital Marketing and Advertising," Association of Corporate Counsel, September 2014
  • Presentation, "Intellectual Property, an Interactive Discussion," Triad StartUp Lab for Piedmont Triad Partnership's PTP Next Program, June 19, 2013
  • Speech, "Recent Developments in Internet Law," University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School Festival of Legal Learning, February 8, 2013
  • Presentation, "IP Disputes Relevant to Business Planning in Uncertain Times," Brooks Pierce and Stearns Financial seminar, February 2, 2012
  • Speech, "Current Intellectual Property Issues for Global Business," Conducting a Cross-Border Business From North Carolina, Brooks Pierce and Dixon Hughes Goodman seminar, November 10, 2011
  • The Chair's Comments, IPLinks, North Carolina Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, November 2011
  • Speeches, "Recent Developments in Internet, Privacy and Business Communications Law," University of North Carolina School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, February 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011
  • Speech, "Marketing on the Internet: What's Legal and What's Not," Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, October 2010
  • Speech, "Does Your Trademark Deserve Protection?," Intellectual Property Law Annual Meeting, April 2010
  • Speech, "Art Law: What You Need to Know on Copyrights and Intellectual Property," United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, May 2009
  • Article, "Can an Individual Now Use a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy to Wipe Out an Intellectual Property Judgment?," IP Links, North Carolina Bar Association, January 2009
  • Intellectual Property Advisor, Fall 2008.
  • Intellectual Property Advisor, Summer 2008.
  • Speech, "Putting your IP House in Order -- How to Make Big Money When You Sell Your Business," Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, November 2007
  • Article, "Banking on a Name," North Carolina Bankers Association, October 2007
  • Article, "Trademark Dilution Law Changes," IP Links, North Carolina Bar Association, December 2006
  • Intellectual Property Adviser, Fall 2006
  • Speech, "Document Retention and Destruction," (workshop with Nicole Crawford), February and March 2006
  • Speech, "Internet Piracy and Privacy," Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, November 2002
  • Published in the Stanford Law & Policy Review, 1996
News Seminars & Speaking Engagements

Duke UniversityAB 1992Yale Law SchoolJ.D. 1996
Moses Cone Health SystemAmerican Intellectual Property Law Association

Office Location

Renaissance Plaza, Suite 2000
230 North Elm Street
P.O. Box 26000
Greensboro, NC 27420
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Trade Secrets Law of the Greensboro Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Intellectual Property of the Greensboro Metro Area
David W. Sar has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!David W. Sar has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent
Patent Law
Trade Secrets Law
Trademark Law