Pete Thurlow is an experienced patent lawyer, focused on presenting strategies to help protect inventors, small businesses, and multinational corporations’ intellectual property rights. Pete’s practice involves the full spectrum of patent law. In particular, he has extensive experience in the following areas:
• Advising clients on all aspects of patent practice with respect to the client’s business needs - from conception of the patentable idea, to manufacturing of the commercial product to commercial release, to monitoring business competitor’s intellectual property portfolio, and to understanding its effect on our client’s business needs
• Preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), noting in particular that the current patent system is operating under two patent systems, i.e., the pre-March 16, 2013 first to invent system, and the post-March 16, 2013 first inventor to file system
• Providing freedom to operate (FTO), invalidity, and patentability opinions, and helping clients implement a proactive FTO program to monitor business competitor's weekly published patent applications, issued patents and the status of pending continuation patent applications
• Representing clients in post-grant reissue and ex parte reexamination proceedings in the USPTO’s Central Reexamination Unit
• Representing clients in post-grant patent trial and appeal board (PTAB) proceedings, including inter partes review and covered business method proceedings
• Providing litigation support for patent matters in U.S. federal courts
Pete is the current President of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA), the primary intellectual property law association in New York with more than 1,000 members. Based on Pete's extensive experience working on matters at the USPTO, he served on the USPTO's Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) from 2012 to 2018 based on an appointment from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The PPAC includes nine experienced patent practitioners that advise the Undersecretary of Commerce and Director of the USPTO on USPTO patent policies and procedures. The PPAC provides an annual report to the White House, U.S. Commerce Department, House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and the USPTO.