Weirich, David

The Proctor & Gamble Company | Vice President and Associate General Counsel - Patents

David Weirich is Vice President & Associate General Counsel for The Procter & Gamble Company’s global Beauty Care business.  P&G is one of the world’s largest consumer products companies with operations in over 180 countries and sales exceeding $76 Billion per year.  P&G has an extensive portfolio of intellectual property assets, including patents, designs and many well-known trademarks.  David has been in P&G’s Legal Department handling IP matters for over 28 years and throughout his time at P&G has supported each of P&G’s different business units.  Currently, David is located at P&G’s headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, but recently completed an assignment in Singapore acting as P&G’s lead IP counsel for Asia.  David’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, designs, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets and copyright.  He handles IP litigation, matters before the USPTO, IP strategy, patent drafting and prosecution, licensing, portfolio management and counseling.  In 2013, David represented P&G in the often-cited CAFC case In re Owens, that helped clarify the law regarding written description, continuation applications, and the use of boundary lines in design patents.  David also leads P&G’s Botanical Resource Compliance team that manages CITES and Access and Benefit Sharing matters (under the Nagoya Protocol) and deals regularly with employee non-compete and trade secret matters globally.  Finally, David leads P&G’s Global IP Services team that provides database and operations support for P&G’s patent and trademark practitioners globally.


David received his JD from Syracuse University (’93) and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University (’90).