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Pedro F. Suarez


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Pedro focuses on all aspects of patent law, including IP portfolio development and management, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, freedom to operate and infringement opinions, patent monetization, litigation including Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs), with an emphasis on wireless, software, artificial intelligence, machine learning/neural networks, computer security, and medical devices.

He has extensive experience in handling patent matters for emerging and global high-technology companies as well as universities, and draws on his litigation experience to develop high-value patent portfolios. Pedro has also litigated patent infringement and validity disputes before several US district courts, in matters involving multiple patents and complex technologies. More recently, Pedro represented a Finnish-based patent owner in an IPR, in which all claims of the patent were found valid.

Representative technologies include all aspects of wireless including GSM, CDMA2000, 3GPP, LTE, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MIMO, spread spectrum, millimeter wave, and IoT; artificial intelligence including machine learning, neural networks, face recognition, and pattern recognition; software-based systems including databases, user interfaces, web-based systems and tools, and cloud computing; lasers and optics including optical devices, lenses, and filters; network security including encryption and intrusion/virus protection; and image and data compression.

Before joining Mintz, Pedro worked for an international intellectual property law firm in Washington, DC. Before beginning his legal career, Pedro gained over 12 years of technical experience in engineering positions with the US Air Force, National Security Agency (NSA), and technology companies. As an Air Force engineer, Pedro developed and tested a variety of advanced communication systems as well as advanced image processing systems. He also gained experience in the semiconductor field while working at KLA Instruments. Next, Pedro was employed as a principal member of the technical staff at Litton/TASC in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. In this position, he consulted on a variety of communication and computer/network security matters.

Pedro has also lectured on intellectual property, including a presentation on “De-Mystifying Intellectual Property” to technology entrepreneurs at the University of New Mexico and Stanford University. More recently, he moderated a panel on “Effectively Leveraging Your IP to Finance Your Start-Up” at the University of California, San Diego, participated as a panelist at the San Diego Daily Transcript’s IP Roundtable on Patent Quality, and lectured on "Entrepreneurial Best Practices" at the UC Berkley Haas School of Business.

About Pedro, clients told Chambers USA researchers, "He is one of best prosecution patent attorneys I have worked with", and "He has a very high standard of quality. He commands the same from his associates so we have a cohesive team.”

Pedro is a Lieutenant Colonel (retired) in the US Air Force Reserves.


  • Nortel Networks Corp. v. Ciena Corp.: settled with a $25 million payment to client Nortel
  • PCTEL, Inc. v. Broadcom Corp.
  • Tektronix, Inc. v. LeCroy Corp.
  • UTStarcom, Inc. v. Starent Networks Corp.
  • Telcordia v. Alcatel
  • IPR2015-01769, — U.S. Patent 7,793,433 — Zero Gravity Inside, Inc. v. Footbalance System OY (represented patent owner; all claims survived the IPR).
  • Successful Defense of Multiple IPRs - Individually Formed Footwear: Mintz Levin represented respondent in two IPRs challenging patents directed to individually formed footwear and a related method. PTAB denied institution in response to one of the petitions and entered a Final Written Decision in favor of our client, preserving all challenged claims, in the other. IPR2015-01769, IPR2015-01770
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The new Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the Unitary Patent (UP) system are scheduled to kick off on June 1, 2023, with the Sunrise Period for requesting “opt outs” beginning March 1, 2023.

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Claim language is important. Particularly when dealing with software systems, claims may be held invalid as being indefinite when the claim language is characterized as “means-plus-function” under pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. §112 ¶ 6 (now AIA 35 U.S.C. §112(f)).
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Indefiniteness: Are You Reasonably Certain?

November 21, 2014 | Blog | By Pedro Suarez, Tom Jackman

The indefiniteness standard has, until recently, been very high—only an “insolubly ambiguous claim” was considered indefinite (see, e.g., Honeywell Intern., Inc. v. International Trade, 341 F. 3d 1332, 1338–9 (Fed. Cir. 2003))—but recent events have made it easier to invalidate a claim as being indefinite.
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News & Press

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Mintz is pleased to announce that Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Co-chair Jeremy Glaser and Members Sebastian Lucier and Pedro Suarez have been named to the San Diego Business Journal’s Leaders of Influence in Technology 2024 list. The award recognizes industry leaders in technology and highlights their careers and accomplishments.

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BOSTON, MA – In the 2023 edition of 'IP Stars,' published by Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP), Mintz achieved recognition in two nationwide categories and received acknowledgment for the exceptional performance of nine of its attorneys.

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Pedro F. Suarez, a Member of Mintz's Intellectual Property Practice, was recently named a member of the Board of Directors for technology incubator EvoNexus. Mr. Suarez will be joining representatives from EvoNexus sponsor companies and industry advisors. 
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Events & Speaking


Entrepreneur's Toolkit

UC San Diego


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UC San Diego's IGNITE Conference

University of California San Diego

UC San Diego Price Center, San Diego, CA


Procopio International Business Summit 2016

University of San Diego School of Business

San Diego, CA


Startup 101 Boot Camp

UC San Diego The Basement

San Diego, CA


Arrowhead Intellectual Property Speaker Series: Protecting Your Mobile App

Arrowhead Center

Arrowhead Center at NMSU Genesis Center C, 3655 Research Drive

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Recognition & Awards

  • San Diego Business Journal: Leaders of Influence in Technology (2024)

  • Managing Intellectual Property: Patent Star - United States (2022 - 2024)

  • Daily Journal Top Intellectual Property Lawyers List (2021)

  • San Diego Daily Transcript: Top Attorneys (2010)

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  • Board member, STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico's technology transfer arm
  • Board member, EVONEXUS, San Diego's premier incubator
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Software
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