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Marc David Peters is head of the Litigation Department
in Morrison & Foerster's Palo Alto office.
He focuses on representing clients in litigation and
counseling involving electronics, semiconductor, and computer-related
technologies. His cases have involved technologies such as
gallium-nitride-based laser diodes and LEDs, semiconductor fabrication
equipment, optoelectronic transceivers, surgical lasers, synchronization
software, modems, ASICs, video-on-demand servers, and network
Dr. Peters's experience also includes representing clients
in a variety of industries (such as semiconductor, medical device, and energy
companies) and in trade secret, antitrust, copyright, and trademark matters. He
has litigated cases in multiple venues, including Texas, Delaware, California,
Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.
Dr. Peters led the team representing Nichia Corporation in
high-stakes patent litigation against Seoul Semiconductor Co. concerning
short-wavelength laser diodes and LEDs. In addition to providing effective case
and discovery management, Dr. Peters developed the technology tutorial and
arguments that led to a successful claim construction outcome for our client.
The case settled favorably shortly after the claim construction hearing.
Recently, Dr. Peters also helped obtain summary judgment on
behalf of California's foster parents, in a pro bono case brought in
conjunction with the Children's Advocacy Institute. California was adjudged to
violate federal law by failing to consider and pay for the actual costs of
raising foster children. As a direct result of the State's failure to reimburse
foster parents as required by federal law, California's foster care system is
less effective and more expensive than it should be. Having obtained judgment
for its clients, the Morrison & Foerster team continues its work to ensure
California begins to comply with federal law.
Before becoming an attorney, Dr. Peters was a member of the
scientific team that discovered the top quark and is a co-author of over one
hundred papers in refereed journals.
During graduate school, Dr. Peters received the UC Berkeley Faculty
Associate Award for excellence in teaching, and authored the Physics 111:
Laboratory Electronics course manual.
Dr. Peters is Co-Chair of the Stanford Alumni Regional Law
Chapter for Silicon Valley, a Life Member of the American Physical Society, and
a Barrister of the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inn of
Court. While earning his J.D., Dr.
Peters was President of the Stanford Law & Technology Association and an Associate
Editor of the Stanford Law Review.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|President's Pro Bono Service Award||California State Bar||2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inn of Court||Barrister||2002 - Present|
|Seoul Semiconductor Co. v. Nichia Corporation||Favorable settlement.|
|See all legal cases|
|Federal Judicial Center||Patent Case Management Judicial Guide||2009|
|13 No. 4 Andrews Intell. Prop. Litig. Rep. 13||California Trade Secret Discovery: Interpretation Of New CCP Section 2019.210||2006|
|145 Copyright World 14-17||A Year of Discontent: File-sharing Litigation and the Public Backlash||2004|
|International Legal Strategy||Federal Circuit Review: Recent Decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit||2004|
|Practicing Law Institute (PLI)||Proof Of Equivalence After Festo: The Impact Of Foresight||2002|
|Stanford Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|University of California - Berkeley||Physics||Ph.D.||1997|
|BCLT/FJC Advanced Patent Program||Claim construction presentation||2010|
|8th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute||Reexaminations after KSR||2007|
|Trade Secret Transactions and Litigation||Creating the Workable and Rational Trade Secret Program||2003|