Gale R. (Pete) Peterson


Information Technology
Intellectual Property
Patent Infringement

Recognized nationwide in the area of intellectual property law, Pete Peterson has served federal district courts from Georgia, Texas and New York to the state of Washington as a court-appointed special master and technical adviser in more than 70 diverse cases involving today’s leading technology companies, covering a wide range of cutting-edge technologies from atomic force microscopes to semiconductors to telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. Pete has served as a mediator or arbitrator in more than 30 cases and as an expert witness in some 40 cases for many of the nation’s prominent companies. Emerging growth to well-established companies frequently turn to Pete for litigation and transactional representation in intellectual property, information technology, e-commerce and related unfair competition law. 

Pete, having served as an examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as technical adviser to the late Chief Judge Howard Markey (of what is now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit), has been an invited speaker at more than 170 seminars and institutes, chairs the Advanced Federal Circuit Patent Law course for Patent Resources Group, and regularly provides comprehensive presentations on legal developments for the State Bar of Texas, Oklahoma State Bar Association, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Institute for Law and Technology of the Center for America and International Law, American Bar Association, Practicing Law Institute, Intellectual Property Owner’s Association, as well as for E.I. DuPont De Nemours Co. 

Among other honors, Pete has received the Chair’s Award of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® annually since 1991, as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics Magazine, in Who’s Who Legal: Texas (patents and trademarks) and in Scene in SA, “San Antonio’s Best Lawyers.” 

Honors Membership Awards



  • Registered Patent Attorney


  • Texas, 1978
  • Virginia, 1975
  • District of Columbia, 1976
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas


  • American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, Council, 2007-2009
  • International Trademark Association, Publications Committee, 1987-present 
  • Chairman, Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 1989-1990 
  • President, Forum on Entrepreneurship, 1986-1988 
  • Texas Business Hall of Fame, Director, 1986-2016
  • Society of International Business Fellows, Director and former President, 1987-present 
  • Patent Resources Group, Advanced U.S. Patent Practice: CAFC Current Awareness, Chair, 1980, 1986, 1989-present


  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Peer Review Rating
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America®, 1991-present
  • Selected for inclusion as a "Texas Super Lawyer", 2003-present
  • Society of International Business Fellows, 1987-present 
  • Who's Who Legal: Texas


  • George Washington University, LL.M., with highest honors, 1978
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1975
  • University of Nebraska, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1970