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Peter A. Hecker, PhD


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Peter concentrates his practice on US and international patent prosecution and strategic counseling on patent issues, primarily for clients in the biotechnology industry. He regularly conducts patentability, non-infringement, and freedom to operate analyses and performs IP due diligence for financing and acquisitions. Peter has experience with a variety of technologies, including large- and small-molecule therapeutics, CRISPR, and diagnostics.

Prior to joining Mintz, Peter was an associate at an international law firm and at a US-based law firm, where he handled patent matters related to biotechnology, therapeutics, and diagnostics and performed IP diligence.

While earning his JD, Peter served as executive editor of the Brigham Young University Law Review and as an extern for the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Before law school, Peter worked as a postdoc. He concentrated his research on cardiovascular metabolism, studying how whole-body metabolism affects the heart at the University of California, San Francisco, and microRNA effects on heart health at Washington University in St. Louis. His PhD dissertation focused on glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, macronutrient intake, and heart failure, and aimed at determining the effects of NADPH production on heart failure development, particularly when a person’s heart failure is exacerbated by high sugar intake.


Imagine excitedly filing a patent application, waiting years for the case to be examined, and then finding your application rejected on grounds that it is obvious or anticipated by your own previously published work. This is a common situation, but it may be avoided with careful planning.

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At its heart, a patent grants the right to stop another person from doing whatever falls within the scope of the patent’s claims. A patent is not a right to practice what is included in the patent, or a government stamp of approval on everything within the scope of its claims.

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Recognition & Awards

  • Patent and Trademark Office Society, Rossman Memorial Award (2018)

  • Rex E. Lee Moot Court Competition, Best Brief Award (2015)

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