Pete Thurlow is an experienced patent lawyer, focused on presenting strategies to help protect inventors, small businesses, and multinational corporations’ intellectual property rights. Pete’s practice involves the full spectrum of patent law.
Pete has built a versatile and sophisticated practice largely focused on companies actively engaged in innovation and looking for funding to get started. To address this need, he hosts a variety of investor meetings and events aimed at facilitating relationships between businesses and family-owned investors with national and international portfolios. This activity has led to partnerships with the Center for Advancing Innovation, 361 Firm, Ivyfon and other major players in the family investor niche of global investment.
Pete was the President of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) in 2018-2019, the primary intellectual property law association in New York with more than 1,000 members. Based on Pete’s extensive experience working on matters at the USPTO, he served on the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) from 2012 to 2018 based on an appointment from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The PPAC includes nine experienced patent practitioners that advise the Undersecretary of Commerce and Director of the USPTO on USPTO patent policies and procedures. The PPAC provides an annual report to the White House, U.S. Commerce Department, House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and the USPTO.
Having spent a decade in the U.S. Navy Reserve following graduation from the U.S. Merchant Academy, Pete has coupled his military background with his legal experience in his current work with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). As an Advisor to DARPA, he is helping DARPA with IP and patent matters, identifying opportunities for DARPA to commercialize their technology, especially with respect to national security matters, and introducing DARPA to strategic partners.