Dalbert (Dal) U. Shefte has practiced IP law in Charlotte for over 50 years in the firms of Shefte Pickney and Sawyer, which merged with Kennedy Covington and Hickman, which merged with K&L Gates.

Dal specializes in patents, trademarks and copyrights, including counseling clients in evaluating, protecting and exploiting inventions, trademarks and copyrights – as well as litigating on behalf of clients on infringement matters.

He has obtained hundreds of U.S. and foreign patents and trademark and copyright registrations for clients in various fields of technology and business. Additionally, he has litigated cases in the U.S. District Courts asserting intellectual property rights against infringers and defended clients against allegations of infringement.

Dal has testified as an expert witness on matters of intellectual property in 57 cases in U.S. District Courts in 16 states. He also served as a mediator and as a Special Master presiding over the trial of a patent infringement case.

Dal graduated from the Technological Institute of Northwestern University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and from Northwestern University Law School with a degree of Juris Doctor.

Dal is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of North Carolina, the U.S. District Courts of North Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Patent Office.

Association Involvement:
Dal has been a member of the American Bar Association, having served on the Federal Practice and Procedure, Patent Experts, Willful Infringement and Inequitable Conduct and Judiciary Committees of the intellectual Property Section. He has been a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, serving on Federal Litigation, Experts and Opinions Committees. He has also been a member of the International Trademark Association, past President of the Carolinas Patent Trademark Copyright Law Association, and past Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Dal has been elected by his North Carolina peers to the status of Legal Elite, and by lawyers in America to the status of Best Lawyers. Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.