CHARLES W. (BILL) PETERSON, JR.
J.D. 1990, George Washington University,
B.S.E.E., 1977, M.S., 1978, Washington
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
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.