Peter Corcoran


Peter Corcoran is Of Counsel at Antonelli, Harrington & Thompson. Mr. Corcoran’s practice is focused on patent monetization, plaintiffs’ contingency-fee patent litigation and trials in the United States district courts, and patent appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Corcoran has litigated dozens of patent infringement cases from complaint through trial and appeal, including fact and expert discovery, depositions, infringement and invalidity contentions, expert reports, technology tutorials, claim construction, and transfer, discovery, dispositive, trial, and post-trial motions. Mr. Corcoran has a unique familiarity with patent law, local patent rules, and procedures in the federal district and appeals courts, especially in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Corcoran served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Randall Rader of the Federal Circuit and to retired Chief Judge David Folsom of the Eastern District of Texas. From these clerkships and his litigation experience, Mr. Corcoran provides his clients with a distinctive understanding and valuable courtroom knowledge of the district courts and the Federal Circuit. Before joining Antonelli, Harrington & Thompson, Mr. Corcoran worked for Kirkland & Ellis and Winston & Strawn—two of the nation’s top patent litigation firms. At these firms, Mr. Corcoran gained the valuable patent litigation experience and skills he continues to provide his clients. During law school, Mr. Corcoran was a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined hundreds of patent applications in the computer software arts. This experience provided Mr. Corcoran with firsthand knowledge of the patent application and reexamination process and Patent Office procedures. Mr. Corcoran also worked for Harris Corporation, developing user-interface software for an air traffic control system. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in intellectual property law, Mr. Corcoran has a deep understanding of electrical, computer, software, semiconductor, and telecommunications technologies and their relationship to patent law. Mr. Corcoran frequently writes and speaks about the latest intellectual property topics and is an active member of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association (Bench bar Planning Committee), Federal Circuit Bar Association (Amicus, Patent Litigation, and Bench Bar Planning Committees), American Intellectual Property Law Association, American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Sections), Texas State Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law, Appellate, and Computer and Technology Law Sections), Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (Chair, Amicus Committee), Houston Bar Association, and the Association of Federal Circuit Law Clerks. Mr. Corcoran is a Commander (O-5) in the United States Navy Reserves, where he has served as a nuclear submarine construction, maintenance, and modernizing engineer and manager. Mr. Corcoran also represents veterans in pro bono cases before the Federal Circuit.

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