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David Franklin Sawrie Ph.D.

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David Sawrie brings an extensive knowledge base and working background in the areas of applied mathematics, computer science and electrical engineering.

Professional Biography

After earning his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University, David practiced corporate law at Perkins Coie in Menlo Park, California, where David counseled emerging growth technology companies in corporate governance matters, private placement financings and key liquidation events. He also practiced law at Sherrard & Roe in Nashville, Tennessee, providing transactional services in the areas of corporate representation, employment and real estate.

After several years in practice, David decided to seek additional training in math and science and completed a Ph.D. in Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his doctoral training, he worked as a scientist in the arena of health care outcomes research. David conducted statistical analyses and provided data management support in clinical trials ranging from small sample studies to a large multicenter phase III clinical trial. His dissertation addressed new approaches to issues of power analysis in small sample studies through novel applications of sample size re-estimation methods.

While pursuing his research in statistical methods, David also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His background in the electronic arts includes interests in digital signal processing and database backed web-application programming environments.

David also holds a Master's degree in German Studies from Stanford University. He has studied abroad at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg in the Southern Black Forest and speaks German.

Patent Prosecution and Analysis

  • digital signal processing
  • electrical circuits
  • mobile device memory management
  • firm over the air mobile device updates
  • cloud based bring your own device solutions
  • database backed web applications
  • gesture based operating systems
  • wireless networks
  • file differencing
  • web/electronic interfaces
  • encryption
  • predictive data analysis including machine learning
  • fraud analytics
  • global positioning systems
  • electrical animal containment systems
  • medical devices
  • wireless networks


  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.S.E.E., 2010
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ph.D. (Biostatistics), 2007
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Stanford University, M.A., 1995
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1992


  • California, 2002
  • Tennessee, 1999
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2012

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