Nicholas Petrella

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP

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Porter Drive 3160
Palo Alto 94304 CA US

Nicholas D. Petrella focuses his practice on litigation, client counseling, and patent prosecution, primarily in computer and electrical technology areas. He draws on his experience working as a software engineer with startups as well as with an established industry innovator to counsel clients on patent strategy and portfolio development.

Nick has litigation experience in various federal district and appellate courts, California state court, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

His work includes all aspects of pre-trial preparation, including drafting initial pleadings, motion practice, infringement and validity analysis, claim construction, legal research, litigation strategy, managing large scale discovery procedures, working with experts and expert reports, client counseling, and contributing to appellate briefs. Nick has counseled clients extensively on patent invalidity and has advised clients on legal issues related to the creation and use of open source software.

Nick also drafts and prosecutes patent applications related to both hardware and software devices and technology, including networking management and infrastructure, digital advertisement, digital content management, electronic security, virtualization technologies, mobile technologies, data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and healthcare information technology.

He counsels clients on application strategy and developments related to software patent eligibility and patent portfolio strategy, and he works with counsel in a variety of foreign jurisdictions to secure patent protection internationally.

Prior to joining Finnegan, Nick spent almost 10 years as a software engineer involved with a variety of technologies such as high availability and scalable computing systems, software development and design, full stack internet technologies, social networking, software APIs, databases and data analytics, mobile applications, technical aspects of visual effects, and mechanical sensor and control systems.

Nick worked as a full stack web developer at Socialize Inc. and ShareThis, Inc., developing and maintaining a social networking infrastructure, APIs, and front end web services built on various cloud storage and service platforms. This work included using these platforms and a variety of other technologies to develop, deploy, maintain, and update SaaS applications.

While working for Sony Pictures Imageworks he provided production support for major motion pictures, including developing software systems for managing large scale data and render pipelines built on clustered storage and computing networks, automating digital image acquisition, conversion, and processing, and developing workflow management systems.

Nick also developed various components for Medtuity, an electronic medical record software application, to allow electronic sharing of medical information according to established standards.

Nick’s pro bono experience includes representing military veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, representing non-profit companies in domain name trademark disputes, and assisting individuals facing eviction proceedings with settlement negotiations in conjunction with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto.

Education :

  • Georgetown University Law Center J.D., 2014
  • University of Notre Dame B.S., Computer Science, 2005

Admissions :

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities :

  • American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section)
  • San Francisco Bay Area IP Inn of Court
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association


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