Luke Pedersen is the head of the intellectual property section in the firm's Washington D.C. office and Chair of the Tech Transactions Practice Group. He also serves on the firmwide Technology Sector Committee. His practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on technology transfers, licensing, patent portfolio management and litigation involving complex and emerging technologies. Mr. Pedersen is a frequent lecturer on software related topics including the legal implications of cloud computing, software-as-a-service and open source software.
Mr. Pedersen founded the firmwide Post-Grant Practice Committee. During his tenure, the firm filed petitions in hundreds of PTAB trial proceedings.
Mr. Pedersen regularly drafts and negotiates technology transfer agreements pertaining to ownership rights in and to intellectual property in the context of M&A transactions and licensing programs. He has also drafted and/or prosecuted hundreds of patent applications related to a diverse range of technologies, including software, telecommunications, internet infrastructure, aviation, oil and gas production, medical equipment and the mechanical arts.
Mr. Pedersen's litigation experience includes controversies related to misappropriation of trade secrets, patent infringement and breach of agreements governing intellectual property assets. On behalf of several clients, Mr. Pedersen has helped develop and monitor comprehensive intellectual property protection programs. These programs have allowed organizations large and small to identify, protect, exploit and enforce their intellectual property rights.
From 2012-2014, Mr. Pedersen has been identified in Intellectual Asset Management's IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Practitioners. He has been singled out for "his ability to take a complex area of the law and explain it in a clear and simple way."