Douglas Pearson

Ph.D., J.D.
Partner
Jones Day
Doug Pearson, a former Navy physicist and inventor, assists clients in trials before the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and helps clients develop strong patent portfolios. He also litigates patent cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and district courts. With more than 18 years of patent experience, a Ph.D. in applied physics, and broad technical experience in electronics, signal processing, semiconductors, materials, optics, computational methods, and information technology, Doug has helped clients obtain hundreds of U.S. and international patents and has successfully assisted clients on case-dispositive litigation issues. Doug provides legal services including patent prosecution, enforcement, IP due diligence, partnering agreements, freedom-to-operate assessments, and patent opinions, as well as counseling on portfolio strategy, trade secrets, and IP issues for start-ups. His patent litigation experience covers the full spectrum: pre-filing diligence, pleadings, discovery, expert witnesses, fact/expert depositions, motion practice, trials, and appeal. Earlier in his career, Doug worked in the defense sector as a civilian physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Lab (NRL) on projects involving thin films, semiconductor patterning, optical materials, and nanotechnology. He leads the Firm's associate training in U.S. patent prosecution, is a board member of the Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court, is active on the IPO's Emerging Technologies and Trade Committee, and works in pro bono service.

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