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The Principal

Steve Peterson; Principle of Peterson IP Consulting

 After receiving an engineering degree in Material Science from California State University at San Jose in 1967, Stephen Peterson joined the Battelle Memorial Institute as a research metallurgist. His field of research was the mechanical properties of irradiated ferrous metals, powder metallurgy and explosive forming. He is the author of several technical papers in the area of testing of radioactive nuclear reactor materials.

In 1969, Mr. Peterson enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a private and served in a reserve infantry company until 1975.  From 1970 to 1974, he worked as a patent agent in the patent and legal department of Battelle Columbus Laboratories and attended law school in the evenings. In 1974, he joined the marketing section of the Battelle Development Corporation and, along with conventional market research, he dealt with many small technology-based businesses in connection with an innovative type of research program. He received his J.D. from Capital University Law School in 1974 and joined Finnegan Henderson Farabow and Garrett (now Finnegan Henderson, LLP) in 1975. 

In addition to practicing conventional Intellectual Property law, Mr. Peterson specialized in litigation of patent and trade secret cases for small technology-based organizations. He was made an equity partner in 1981 and retired in 2013.

Formerly the group practice leader for the Chemical/Metallurgical Practice Group at Finnegan, he was involved in patent litigation in U.S. District Courts before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and litigated trade secret cases in various state courts. He has extensive expertise in alternate dispute resolution, early neutral evaluation and has acted as a special master. He has litigated a number of design patent cases and supervised attorneys at Finnegan in that area of the law. He represented the successful Australian syndicate in patent and trade secret matters in the 1983 America's Cup challenge and successfully protected the famous "winged keel." He has done extensive patent work in the area of high performance materials, magnetic recording, ceramics, powder metallurgy, advance materials fabrication, reactive and passive armor, welding, and advanced weapons and projectiles. He has managed the creation and prosecution of patents for large and small clients. He developed much of the infrastructure and many of the procedures Finnegan uses for supporting patent prosecution with a support staff of non-attorneys.  He has lectured at Georgetown University School of Business, and before various technical societies regarding intellectual property, design patent law, technology transfer, and the use of intellectual property as the basis for starting a technology-based company.

He is the past chairman of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright section of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and the past president of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

The Support

The practice is supported by experts in all aspects of intellectual property and its use in business. Whether it is in finance, monetization of intellectual property, litigation, transactional work, or issues of compliance with government laws and regulations, Peterson IPC has the expert resources prepared to support its work. 

Our Testimonials

Kim Marvin, President
American Industrial Partners

American Industrial Partners  buys companies. We support and enhance the purchased company with our operating expertise, engineering and technical skills and innovative financial structuring techniques to add to its value. We recently purchased a company and shortly after the purchase, it was sued by its major competitor for patent infringement. Our acquisition also had patents in the same technical area and we counter sued its competitor, also alleging patent infringement. We attempted to resolve the litigation with a cross-license, but our efforts were rejected. Our efforts to sell the company were significantly impacted because of the expense and uncertainty associated with the outcome of the on-going patent litigation.

We contacted Mr. Peterson to determine if he could devise a way to extricate the company from the litigation. We met and he suggested using a major customer common to both our competitor and our company to induce a settlement. Because the customer did not want a single source of supply, it urged the competitor to settle the litigation with a cross-license. The tactic worked and a cross-license resolved the litigation. With a license to the competitor’s intellectual property and the litigation resolved, the company was sold for several multiples of its purchase price. The value Mr. Peterson added to the company can be measured in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

We value his expertise and services. We will use him again when our investment companies have problems associated with intellectual property or need strategic planning relating to intellectual property.

Joseph Benini, President
SinterFire Inc.

SinterFire started as an idea for a new product. The company progressed from a start-up to one that captured ninety percent of the market for a specialty product. While Mr. Peterson created the intellectual property that protected our developments, that was not his only contribution. During the life of the company his strategic advice with respect to the business aspects of owning and creating intellectual property added significant value to the company. That value was recognized in a recent sale of the company to an investment group. His expertise and ability to solve difficult intellectual property problems has significantly impacted the value of SinterFire.
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