Don J. Pelto


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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • False Advertising, Lanham Act and Unfair Competition
  • IP Licensing, Technology and Commercial Transactions
  • Patent Litigation
  • Life Sciences and FDA
  • Patent Prosecution and Counseling
  • Trademark Applications and Prosecution
  • Trademarks and Trade Dress
  • Technology Transactions
University University of Maryland, B.S., Biological Sciences, 1982
Law SchoolUniversity of Baltimore, J.D., 1985
Admitted1985, District of Columbia and Maryland; 1989, California; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Don Pelto is a partner practicing intellectual property and patent litigation in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He serves as co-leader of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group and Life Sciences team.

Mr. Pelto is a registered patent attorney and represents domestic and international clients in intellectual property litigation, counseling, technology transfer and procurement. Specifically, he has particular experience with technological developments in the fields of molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical small molecules, diagnostics, medical products and devices, and surgical methods and devices.

Mr. Pelto's litigation experience includes interferences, Section 337 actions, District Court infringement actions and Federal Circuit appeals. He has written opinions on freedom to operate, noninfringement and invalidity. In addition, Don has experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and licensing and technology transfer. Mr. Pelto has successfully asserted and defended against patent, trademark and copyright infringement claims, both in the U.S. District Courts and the International Trade Commission. He has also successfully represented clients in appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Before entering law school, Mr. Pelto was a Research Biologist with the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes on Aging where he performed original research in conjunction with the Laboratory of Neurosciences and the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Sciences.


•Healthcare: Life Sciences, Legal 500, 2013, 2014

•Martindale-Hubbell Intellectual Property Washington, D.C. Top Rated Lawyer, 2014

•Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rated

•Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2009


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Don J. Pelto

Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20005-3314


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