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Peter  Kirk

Peter Kirk

ABBYY USA Software House, Inc.
Associate General Counsel/Director of Litigation
Milpitas, CA, USA


Peter Kirk
Associate General Counsel / Director of Litigation at ABBYY USA Software House, Inc

Location

Milpitas, California (San Francisco Bay Area)

Industry

Legal Services

Overview

Current
  • Associate General Counsel / Director of Litigation at ABBYY USA Software House, Inc.
Past
  • Intellectual Property Attorney / Of Counsel at Holland & Knight LLP
  • Intellectual Property Attorney / Senior Associate at Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Sr. Associate at Fish & Richardson P.C.
Legal Expertise

I am a seasoned litigator and have managed all or parts of more than 25 patent litigations – all resolved in my clients’ favor. Winning verdicts were awarded on motions, at trial, and on appeal.

Accomplishments:

  • Helped obtain the first jury verdict of no patent infringement ever awarded to Microsoft. Verdict selected by The National Law Journal as one of the “Top 10 Defense Verdicts” for 2004 (March 2005). (Arendi U.S.A. Inc. v. Microsoft Corp).
  • Successfully defended LG Electronics’ mobile phone handsets against claims covering image compression. Managed all non-infringement, invalidity and unenforceability defenses for six parallel patent litigations worldwide. (U.S. Philips Corp. v. LG Electronics, Inc., et al.).
Technologies litigated: computer software, hardware, and electronics, as well as networks, robotics, power supplies, medical and mechanical devices, control systems and cell phones.

Other issues litigated: contract and licensing disputes, theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, trade dress infringement, false marking, design patents, standards setting organizations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and antitrust violations.

Additional skills: drafting contracts and license agreements, freedom to operate analyses, opinions on infringement, validity and enforceability, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets.

Experience

Associate General Counsel / Director of Litigation
ABBYY USA Software House, Inc.

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Computer Software industry
July 2011 – Present (2 years 4 months) Milpitas, California
As ABBYY’s Associate General Counsel and Director of Litigation, I help manage ABBYY’s intellectual property rights, including patent litigations and patent prosecution, as well as governmental affairs.
ABBYY is a leading provider of document conversion, OCR data capture and linguistic software products. ABBYY's recognition technologies help people manage information by delivering powerful software tools to automatically acquire data, as well as to process, store, retrieve and translate valuable information.

Intellectual Property Attorney / Of Counsel
Holland & Knight LLP

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry
February 2009 – June 2011 (2 years 5 months)

Intellectual Property Attorney / Senior Associate
Fish & Richardson P.C.


Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Law Practice industry
2001 – 2009 (8 years)

Sr. Associate
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Law Practice industry
2001 – 2009 (8 years)

Attorney
Fish & Richardson P.C.

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Law Practice industry
2001 – 2009 (8 years)

Northeast OEM (VAR) Manager
Tektronix
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; DHR; Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing industry
June 1992 – August 1997 (5 years 3 months)
At Tektronix' color printer division (later acquired by Xerox), I developed OEM / Value Added Reseller sales channels and helped coordinate sales and marketing activities in the Northeastern U.S. I established Tektronix' first OEM color printer reseller (Digital Equipment Corporation), and specialized in color proofing technologies for the pre-press industry.

Northeast Regional Sales manager
Sharp Electronics
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Consumer Electronics industry
July 1989 – May 1992 (2 years 11 months)
At Sharp Electronics, I developed and managed the Northeastern U.S. dealer network for resale of computer, printer, and commercial color scanner technologies.

Eastern U.S. Sales Manager
Cricket Software
June 1988 – July 1989 (1 year 2 months)
I helped establish Cricket Software's Eastern U.S. reseller channel for graphics software applications. In its heyday, Cricked owned 95% of the market for postscript drawing / graphics software applications with a package called Cricket Draw. They also had presentation, paint, and graphing applications.
Cricket was acquired in July 1989 by Computer Associates.

Education

Boston College Law School, JD (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif),
1997 – 2000

Bates College, B.A., Psychology,
1981 – 1985
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