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2012 Federal Circuit Yearbook: Patent Law Developments in the Federal Circuit

Author(s): Derrick A. Pizarro, Gale R. Peterson
Practice Area: Intellectual property
Date: Aug 2012 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402418334
PLI Item #: 38091

An essential resource for every patent practitioner, the 2012 Federal Circuit Yearbook: Patent Law Developments in the Federal Circuit is the easy, effective, and economical way for you to keep pace with all patent decisions published by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit during the past year.

In each edition, the Yearbook’s concise yet comprehensive case synopses zero in on the prime issues, providing you with an expert account of the facts and law of the key rulings in the field. Covering everything from utility to claim construction, nonobviousness to infringement, and inequitable conduct to inventorship, the Yearbook brings you readily accessible summaries packed with authoritative commentary on the CAFC’s legal analyses and its current thinking on pivotal patent concerns. The Yearbook keeps you informed while keeping scientific and legal terminology to a minimum, explaining issues in a way that provides you with the practical legal support you need.

Revised annually, PLI’s 2012 Federal Circuit Yearbook is must reading for patent attorneys and other intellectual property practitioners, as well as a useful reference for corporate attorneys and inventors.

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GALE R. (PETE) PETERSON has more than thirty-five years of experience in intellectual property litigation, prosecution, licensing, and acquisition. He has served as a court-appointed special master or technical advisor to courts throughout the United States in more than seventy diverse cases covering a wide range of technologies from communications to pharmaceuticals, both overseeing discovery and deciding claim construction, and, in one case, conducting trial-on-the-merits. He has also served as arbitrator or mediator in more than twenty-five cases, and as an expert witness in some thirty cases. Before beginning his current practice serving as a “neutral” in IP litigation and a consultant in IP litigation and strategy, Mr. Peterson served as senior shareholder in the intellectual property law department of Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated in San Antonio, Texas for more than thirty-five years. He provided litigation and transactional representation to emerging and established technology-based and research-oriented companies in intellectual property, information technology, e-commerce, and related unfair competition law. He represented clients in obtaining and enforcing domestic and international patent, trademark/trade dress, domain name, copyright, and trade secret protection, as well as defending clients charged with infringing those rights. That representation included covenants-not-to-compete and other restrictive cove¬nants. Mr. Peterson represented clients in litigation, as well as domestic and international technology acquisition and licensing. Mr. Peterson served as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including serving as law clerk to the PTO Board of Appeals. He further served as Technical Advisor to Chief Judge Markey of the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1975, and he received his LL.M. in Trade Regulation Law (with highest honors) from George Washington University in 1978. Among other positions, he is past President of the Society of International Business Fellows, Southwest Chapter, and currently serves on the Board of SIBF, is past Chairman of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and currently serves in leadership roles for the American Bar Association. He is also a member or past-member of the Féderation Internationale des Conseils Propriété Industrielle, the Licensing Executive Society, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, and other professional organizations. He has been selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” since 2003 by Texas Monthly, was selected for Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2003-05, and has been selected in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991. Mr. Peterson has taught the Patent Resources Group’s course on Federal Circuit law since 1989.

DERRICK A. PIZARRO advises clients in procuring, enforcing and commercializing intellectual property rights in a variety of industries.   Mr. Pizarro has counseled clients ranging from venture-backed startups to mature, publicly-traded companies with respect to both transactional and litigation matters.  Before founding the The Pizarro Firm, Mr. Pizarro served as a shareholder in the intellectual property law department of Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated in San Antonio, Texas.  Mr. Pizarro is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Pizarro holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a law degree from Baylor University.