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Douglas H. Pearson Ph.D. (Doug)
Partner

Contact

(T) +1.202.879.3825
(F) +1.202.626.1700

Education

  • Georgetown University (J.D. cum laude 2003); California Institute of Technology (Ph.D. in Applied Physics 1992; M.S. in Applied Physics 1988); University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (B.S. in Physics summa cum laude 1985)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, Virginia, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Government Service

  • Physicist, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Optical Sciences Division/Materials Science and Technology Division, 1992-1999 (including National Research Council Associateship and Office of Naval Technology Fellowship)

Recognized by IAM Patent 1000 as "an impressive former Navy scientist ... specializing in post-grant, litigating proficiently and overseeing associate training in prosecution," Doug Pearson practices both acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property. With 19 years of IP experience, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics, and depth to tackle sophisticated legal and technical issues across a host of technologies, Doug is a dedicated and accessible resource for clients from start-ups to multinational corporations. He focuses on patent litigation before the USPTO's PTAB, the ITC, and district courts and maintains robust patent prosecution and counseling practices. With wide experience spanning software, electrical, mechanical, optical, semiconductor, and wireless technologies, Doug has helped clients obtain hundreds of U.S. and international patents and prevail on case-dispositive litigation issues.

Doug assists clients with tailored IP strategies, IP diligence in M&A and investment transactions, patent landscaping, freedom-to-operate, opinions, partnering agreements, NDAs, and licensing. He works on cross-practice and cross-border teams involving digital health, expert control, and M&A and recently led the IP strategy for a client's rollout of a digital health app for online prescription renewals and sales of medical device consumables. He also provides counseling on trade secrets, IP issues for start-ups, and harvesting untapped IP assets. Areas of technical focus include electronics, semiconductors, digital health, telemedicine, analytics, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, cloud computing, medical devices, materials, optics, wireless, and defense industry technologies.

Doug leads the Firm's associate training in U.S. patent prosecution. He is active in the Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court and the IPO.


Honors & Distinctions

  • BTI Consulting Group "Client Service All-Star" (2018)

    IAM Patent 1000 — World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2018-2019)

    Managing Intellectual Property "IP Star" (2014-2019)

    Washington DC Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in intellectual property litigation (2013 and 2014)
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