Qualifications: U.S. Patent Attorney and Attorney at Law
Location: Silicon Valley
Mr. Pitinga has experience with drafting and prosecuting patent applications and reexaminations, providing freedom to operate and non-infringement counseling and opinions, and patent and trade secret litigation. Mr. Pitinga regularly drafts and prosecutes utility patents in a variety of software technology areas including artificial intelligence, virtual machines, search engines, recommender systems, massively multiplayer gaming, blockchain applications, streaming platforms like Hadoop YARN, and distributed processing using MapReduce. Mr. Pitinga’s more recent litigation experience includes working on a major patent and trade secret lawsuit involving nanotechnology as well as numerous proceedings before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Before returning to school to get his master’s degree in computer science, Mr. Pitinga was a litigator for ten years in Colorado, including two years as a prosecutor specializing in toxicology, where he tried dozens of jury trials and drafted legislative proposals for the governor’s task force on drunk driving. Following that, Mr. Pitinga specialized in expert-centric civil litigation in the areas contracts and business torts, including securities fraud, where he utilized his strong background in accounting. During this time, Mr. Pitinga tried many more jury and court trials, often as first chair, and argued numerous cases in front of the Colorado Court of Appeals, including a case involving the Colorado Trade Secrets Act.
Upon receiving his master’s degree in computer science, Mr. Pitinga worked as an object-oriented software engineer for Omni-Vista, Inc., a start-up founded by one his professors, Alan M. Davis, and then for five years as a software developer specializing in backend software at Hewlett Packard/Compaq in Cupertino, California. His experience at Hewlett Packard included porting an assembler and other systems-software tools for the NonStop Kernel operating system to the Itanium processor.
Mr. Pitinga’s varied and extensive experience makes him uniquely equipped to understand a client’s product development strategies and to interface with the inventors who support those strategies.
- M.S., Computer Science, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1998), selected as Graduate Student of the Year
- J.D., University of Washington at Seattle (1983)
- M.B.A., with emphasis in accounting, University of Washington at Seattle (1983)
- B.A., Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder (1978)
- State Bar of California
- State Bar of Colorado
- District of Columbia Bar
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Master’s Thesis, “On Finding the Significant Points of a Human Contour with a Distance Skeleton” (1998)