Education

  • George Washington University (JD)
  • Air Force Institute of Technology (MSEE)
  • US Air Force Academy (BSEE)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Pedro focuses on all aspects of patent law, including the strategic planning and development of IP portfolios, the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, the rendering of opinions on infringement and validity, patent monetization, IP due diligence investigations in M&A transactions, litigation, and client counseling, with an emphasis on software, wireless communications, medical devices, wireless medical devices, and consumer products.

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 prepare and prosecute strategic, high-value patents.  Pedro also draws on his technical and legal experience to assist venture funds and high-tech companies conduct IP due diligence investigations in connection with the acquisition and/or monetization of IP assets. Pedro has also litigated patent infringement and validity disputes before several US district courts, in matters involving multiple patents and complex technologies. 

Representative technologies include all aspects of wireless networks; communications protocols, including GSM, CDMA2000, 3GPP, Wi-Fi, WiMax, LTE, and 5G; artificial intelligence including machine learning, data mining, face recognition, and neural networks; spread spectrum; millimeter wave; database platforms; cloud computing; optics including optical devices and networking; network security including  encryption and virus protection; data compression; search tools; pattern recognition; web-based advertising; GPS based systems; and laser-based surgical devices.

Before joining Mintz Levin, 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 spread spectrum and millimeter wave 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 wired and wireless communication systems, and his engineering career culminated in his serving as the lead designer of a major network development.

Pedro has also lectured on intellectual property, including a presentation on “De-Mystifying Intellectual Property” to technology entrepreneurs at the University of New Mexico. 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.

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

Representative Matters

  • Zero Gravity Inside, Inc. v. FootBalance Systems OY – all claims upheld in IPR challenge; institution denied in second IPR challenge
  • 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

Recognitions & Awards

  • San Diego Daily Transcript: Top Attorneys (2010)

Professional & Community Involvement

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