THOMAS L. PETERSON
Thomas L. Peterson has been in private practice for more than 25 years and counsels clients in a wide range of intellectual property and business law matters. He has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Toshiba Corporation, Scientific-Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific, Nike, and Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). He has successfully prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications before the U.S. and foreign patent offices, been engaged in numerous contested proceedings involving intellectual property matters and has assisted clients in negotiating and concluding many technology transfer agreements.
Mr. Peterson counsels clients in a wide range of intellectual property law matters, including patent and trademark application preparation and prosecution, litigation, unfair competition, licensing and related antitrust and trade matters. During the course of his career, he has held numerous positions having major responsibility for the patent portfolios of many industry leaders in the electrical and electronics fields.
In addition to advising clients, Mr. Peterson has taught as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law and Howard University School of Law. He has also written numerous papers and articles on various intellectual property law matters and participated in many panel discussions before law and business groups related to intellectual property law.
Prior to entering law school, Mr. Peterson was an engineer at the Packard Electric Division of General Motors. After graduating from law school, Mr. Peterson worked for a year at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner before entering private practice. Mr. Peterson was a partner at Merchant & Gould, P.C. prior to joining the firm.
- J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1981
- B.S., Youngtown State University, Electrical Engineering, 1977
- District of Columbia
- United States Supreme Court
- Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Court of Appeals, District of Columbia