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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
quality-of-service monitoring.


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.




Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Intellectual Property: 50%

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  • Barry Norman Young

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Marc is a very capable patent lawyer with outstanding technical abilities.


    Barry Young Patent application Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Morrison & Foerster

755 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA, 94304


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's Pro Bono Service AwardCalifornia State Bar2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2003 - Present
San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inn of CourtBarrister2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Seoul Semiconductor Co. v. Nichia CorporationFavorable settlement.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Federal Judicial CenterPatent Case Management Judicial Guide2009
13 No. 4 Andrews Intell. Prop. Litig. Rep. 13California Trade Secret Discovery: Interpretation Of New CCP Section 2019.2102006
145 Copyright World 14-17A Year of Discontent: File-sharing Litigation and the Public Backlash2004
International Legal StrategyFederal Circuit Review: Recent Decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit2004
Practicing Law Institute (PLI)Proof Of Equivalence After Festo: The Impact Of Foresight2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of California - BerkeleyPhysicsPh.D.1997
Harvard UniversityPhysicsA.B.1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
BCLT/FJC Advanced Patent ProgramClaim construction presentation2010
8th Annual Advanced Patent Law InstituteReexaminations after KSR2007
Trade Secret Transactions and LitigationCreating the Workable and Rational Trade Secret Program2003