David Kline is a Pulitzer–Prize-nominated journalist, author, and branding and communications expert who has earned acclaim for his reportage as well as his unique ability to generate major thought leadership attention and influence for his clients.
Mr. Kline has worked with thought leaders ranging from Washington policymakers and the senior-most executives of Fortune 100 firms to promising young startup CEOs. For clients who have a worthwhile story to tell or policy issue to discuss, Kline generates major national press coverage and also gets their policy-shaping books and opinion articles published — the former by prestigious publishers like Harvard Business Press, and the latter by the most influential mainstream media in the country.
His clients appear regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Chief Executive Magazine, Fox Business TV, Corporate Counsel, and other decision-making media (see Influential Media for examples).
Although a communications generalist, Kline has also been selected as one of the “World’s Top 300 Intellectual Property Strategists” for his leadership in IP policy communications.
Indeed, his own writings have played a key role in shaping the direction of corporate thinking on patent issues. His book “Rembrandts in the Attic” published by Harvard Business Press in 2000, is considered the seminal work on patent strategy within corporate America.
A former war correspondent, Kline was the first Western reporter to go behind the lines in Afghanistan and report on the developing anti-Soviet war there in the 1980s. He was also the first U.S. reporter to cover the 1983 famine and war in Ethiopia, and the first to get inside the Bolivian “Coca Nostra” and document the failure of the U.S. war on drugs in the region. NPR’s Daniel Schorr once called Kline “one of the world’s best mission-impossible reporters.”
Since then, Kline turned his attention to business and technology issues. He has authored six books, the most recent two being the first-ever IP textbook and video series aimed at general (non-law) college audiences — The Intangible Advantage: Understanding Intellectual Property in the New Economy” — as well as the 2011 business bestseller “Great Again: Revitalizing America’s Entrepreneurial Leadership” published by Harvard Business Press.