The Law Office of Charles W. Peterson, Jr.


12793 Thacker Hill Ct.

Suite 1B
Oak Hill, VA 20171

Tel. (703) 481-0532

Fax (703) 481-0585

Bar Memberships:
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1990)
New York (1991)
Missouri (1992)
Virginia (1998)

Engineering Awards:

IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, 1983

IBM Invention Achievement Award, 1989

Inventor –

U.S. 4,935,646

U.S. 4,456,841

Author on several IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletins





J.D. 1990, George Washington University,
Washington, D.C.

B.S.E.E., 1977, M.S., 1978, Washington University,
St. Louis, Missouri

Bill has more than 20 years of experience in Intellectual Property (IP) Law that began as an in-house IP law attorney at IBM Corporation, providing advice and counsel in IP matters to the IBM/Cirrus Logic MiCRUS partnership, to IBM's e-beam lab and to the joint IBM/Siemens/Toshiba 256Mbit dynamic random access memory (DRAM) design. Bill entered private practice in late 1996 and has handled a broad spectrum of issues and technologies for a wide range of clients, ranging from garage shop inventors to large multinational domestic and foreign corporations.

Bill counsels clients in a wide array of intellectual property matters including IP asset evaluation. He prepares Right-to-Use, validity and infringement opinions, conducts due diligence studies and prepares trademark opinions and clearances. He has experience in software, service and know-how licenses, both in drafting them and in their enforcement. Also, he is quite experienced in drafting and prosecuting original US and foreign counterpart patent applications.

Bill is a member of IEEE and has technical experience in a wide range of technical fields including: semiconductors, special and general purpose integrated circuits (including processors, memories and MEMS), general data processing, voice synthesis, signal/data decomposition and analysis, optics, printer technology, telecommunications systems, personal communications devices, handheld devices, RF circuits, data compression and decompression including streaming video and MPEG, Internet applications, voice over IP, e-commerce, user interfaces, software optimization and image rendering.

Also, as an IBM engineer, Bill was the lead circuit and chip designer on several projects including a Read Only Memory (ROM) which was the qualification vehicle for IBM’s silicon gate NMOS technology. Bill led the design of a CMOS systolic processor chip that demonstrated the performance objectives for the Federally funded Very High Speed Integrated Circuit (VHSIC) technology project, Phase II. Also, Bill was the lead design engineer in IBM’s Entry Systems (PC) Division’s Engineering/Scientific Effort, where he designed a coprocessor card (with all of the function of the IBM-AT) intended to add a multiprocessor system option to IBM’s then neophyte PC family. During his early years in law school Bill shepherded the design of a 256K radiation hardened Static Random Access Memory (SRAM) test site intended for space based applications.