Mr. Petro specializes in patent prosecution and counseling, drawing on nearly a decade of experience as an engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur prior to entering the legal field. Before joining the firm, Mr. Petro was a microprocessor design engineer who performed design verification, microcode development, logic design, and circuit design at companies including Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corporation. Mr. Petro was a cofounder of Intrinsity, Inc., an Austin-based microprocessor design firm that was ultimately acquired by one of the world’s largest and most successful manufacturers of mobile devices. While there, he contributed to the invention of Intrinsity’s proprietary logic and circuit design methodology, and is a coinventor on over two dozen U.S. patents.
Mr. Petro is comfortable applying his practical experience to virtually any aspect of computing technology, ranging from device-level semiconductor design through application-layer software development. He also has experience with inventions involving wireless communications, digital signal processing, graphics, storage technologies, distributed/cloud computing, and geophysical data acquisition and processing.
In addition to patent procurement, Mr. Petro has extensive experience in evaluating and managing patent portfolios, performing licensing/pre-litigation analysis, and counseling clients regarding litigation risk, including the preparation of informal and formal opinions of counsel relating to noninfringement and invalidity. Mr. Petro has also been successful both in attacking and defending the validity of issued patents before the Patent Office, including patents involved in disputes with tens of millions of dollars at stake.
Additionally, for clients interested in taking an active role in shaping patent policy, Mr. Petro has experience with administrative law and the federal rulemaking process. He has counseled clients on policy implications of the America Invents Act (AIA) and has drafted public comments on behalf of clients seeking to influence Patent Office AIA rulemaking.