Jonathan “Jay” Pettit
Intellectual Property Attorney
San Diego Attorney
While serving as in-house counsel, Jay managed all aspects of a large, publicly-traded satellite communication company’s multi-million dollar IP program. This included its patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. He is familiar with developing and managing legal budgets, implementing trade secret programs, and educating senior management and other business and engineering employees about IP best practices.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Jay was a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy. He accumulated more than 1000 flight hours and 200 aircraft carrier landings flying the A-6 Intruder. Jay’s experience provided him the opportunity to see the world and develop outstanding management and leadership skills. Nowadays, he only flies a desk, but in his free time, Jay enjoys spending time with his family, playing an occasional round of golf, and attending UCLA sporting events.
Patent and Trademark Preparation and Counseling: Mr. Pettit has counseled numerous clients concerning worldwide Patent and Trademark strategies, and has filed and prosecuted many applications in the electrical, computer and mechanical arts.
Intellectual Property Litigation: Mr. Pettit has represented numerous clients in complex IP disputes relating to Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets and IP Licensing Rights. Mr. Pettit has been involved in all phases of Litigation including case management planning, TROs and preliminary injunctions, Markman hearings, trial preparation, appeals, settlement negotiations, and various forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Contract Negotiation and Drafting: Mr. Pettit is skilled in negotiating and drafting commercial, academic and government contracts, including development agreements, technology and software license agreements, professional services agreements and non-disclosure agreements.
Numerous Technologies: Mr. Pettit has worked with many different technologies such as satellite and telephonic communication systems, semiconductor chip manufacturing, computer software and networks, Internet/e-commerce technology, analog and digital electronic circuits, medical devices (such as implantable defibrillators), electronic musical instruments, video receivers and imaging systems, voice messaging systems, sunglass lens coatings and optics technologies, electronic gaming devices and ink jet printers.
Law Firm Experience: Mr. Pettit worked for several large international law firms in California and Texas including Paul Hastings LLP; Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP; O’Melveny & Myers LLP; and Baker Botts LLP
In-House Counsel Experience: Mr. Pettit has significant experience as an in-house counsel. As Associate General Counsel of ViaSat, Inc., a global leader of commercial and government satellite communication systems, Mr. Pettit managed all aspects of the company’s multi-million dollar IP program, including its Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets. He is familiar with developing and managing budgets, implementing trade secret programs, educating senior management and other employees, performing IP due diligence and portfolio analyses, and analyzing IP clearance issues for new products.
Military Experience: Before he began his career in law, Mr. Pettit was an officer in the United States Navy for over nine years. After graduating first in his Navy flight school class, Mr. Pettit flew aircraft carrier-based A-6E Intruders while sailing the high seas and exploring the world.
J.D., cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law 1995
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech 1992
B.A., UCLA 1982
State Bar of California
State Bar of Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
American Intellectual Property Law Association, State Bar of California Intellectual Property Section, State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association, San Diego County Bar Association
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