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Schwabe Expands Intellectual Property Practice with Addition of Prominent IP Attorney

June 4, 2010


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatthas expanded its intellectual property practice with the addition of attorney Peter E. Heuser within its Portland office. With more than 30 years of intellectual property experience, Heuser joins the firm as a shareholder. Heuser will continue to focus his practice in the area of intellectual property (IP), with an emphasis on patent litigation and prosecution.

Heuser has spent most of his career as a strategic litigator, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials. His success is documented by positive jury verdicts for clients in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and cyber-squatting matters. Often called upon to assist as an expert witness in other intellectual property cases, he is recognized as a leader in the area by legal colleagues who recount his professionalism and integrity.

"Intellectual property is a robust business area for Schwabe, and Peter is a respected litigator whose experience and knowledge adds greater depth to our seasoned bench," said Mark Long, Schwabe's managing partner. "We're glad we are now on the same team."

Heuser has represented a number of Oregon and Northern California companies, and is a member of the California, Idaho, Illinois, Oregon and Wisconsin state bars. In a recent survey by Oregon Super Lawyers, Heuser was named one of the top 50 lawyers in Oregon. He has also been recognized as Best Lawyers' 2010 Intellectual Property attorney of the year for Portland. He has taught intellectual property related courses at the University of Oregon Law School.

Heuser is a mechanical engineer by training. He holds a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Heuser is a past president of the City Club of Portland and a two-term past president of the Oregon Patent Law Association. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and has served the U.S. District Court of Oregon as a Special Master. Heuser graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School with a juris doctor degree and received his formal training in mediation at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University.