Mr. Peter L. Michealson


Mr. Peter L. Michealson

Mr. Peter L. Michealson, Esq.
Arbitrator, Mediator and Attorney

Law office of Michaelson ADR Chambers, LLC, New York, NY (New York), US (United States)

ADR Certified Designation : Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb), FCIArb

VanIAC Panel(s) : International Arbitration

Practice Areas : Corporate Commercial, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Life Sciences (Biotech, Pharma & Medical Devices), Technology, Telecommunications

Professional Experience

Principal ADR Experience — 1991 to present

Arbitrated international and domestic:

(1) intellectual property (IP) disputes (including patent disputes spanning a wide range of technologies; trademark, domain name and trade secret disputes);

(2) information technology (IT) disputes; and

(3) technical and technology-related disputes across many industries and industrial sectors, including, e.g., aviation, biotech, defense contracting, energy, general manufacturing, infrastructure (including investment), electronics (hardware and software), lighting, major appliances, medical devices, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals; and

(4) commercial disputes across a wide range of other substantive areas including, e.g.: antitrust (merger), breach of contract, consumer credit, consumer fraud, consulting, joint ventures and partnerships, licensing (including university technology transfer), mergers & acquisitions, securities and financial, and telecommunications (including reciprocal compensation).

Mediated and served as a Court-appointed expert in patent law in numerous patent litigations in the U.S. District Courts involving complex technology across various industries. Mediated, on a Court-annexed basis, Hatch-Waxman based pharmaceutical disputes. Also mediated trademark litigations in the U.S. District Courts.

Also mediated disputes across a wide range of other substantive areas including, e.g.: breach of contract, credit and financial, employment discrimination, franchises, healthcare, insurance coverage and liability, intellectual property (including validity, infringement and misappropriation), licensing (including university technology transfer), professional malpractice and fee disputes, real property (including leases), technology and warranties.

Collectively, arbitrated and mediated over 700 disputes with amounts in contention ranging from a few thousand dollars to between US $ 400‑800 Million dollars.

Non-ADR Experience — 1979 to 2012

Served as General Counsel (on a virtual basis) for Direct Grid Technologies, LLC handling wide variety of general corporate issues, including intellectual property.

Conducted intellectual property and unfair competition litigation in the U.S. Courts; and inter-parte and ex-parte proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office involving patents and trademarks, including, e.g. patent appeals, patent reissues, patent interferences and trademark oppositions; and (with foreign counsel) overseas patent and trademark oppositions.

Specifically, my experience includes having:

(a) acted as counsel in patent infringement cases involving, e.g., software-based systems, electronic hand­held calculators, video equipment, electronic instruments, and electronic point‑of‑sale terminals and computer systems utilizing these terminals;

(b) prepared patent validity and infringement opinions involving complex electronic technology; prepared trademark validity and infringement opinions;

(c) counseled in intellectual property, antitrust, unfair competition, and privacy law;

(d) prepared/prosecuted several hundred patent applications, both U.S. and foreign, covering a wide range of electronic and mechanical technologies, e.g.; microprocessor and computer hardware and software including massively parallel processing systems; operating systems; cryptography (including blockchains); business methods; decision-theoretic processing; complex electronic systems (both computer and non-computer based) in the technical areas of, e.g., industrial process control and measurement, digital data transmission, communications including radio, wireline and mobile wireless, digital transmission and ISDN, VoIP, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and general packet and circuit switching, networking, high definition television (HDTV), video and image processing including image compression and enhancement, video cameras, avionics, speech recognition and processing, radar and medical electronics; semiconductors and semiconductor fabrication; fiber optics; photographic apparatus; displays, including liquid crystal displays (LCDs); electronic circuitry; and mechanical devices and metallurgy; and

(e) prosecuted many U.S. and foreign trademark applications.

Experienced in patent and trademark licensing, including F/RAND licensing.

Between July 1984 – April 2012 (approximately 28 years), I owned and successfully operated my law firm, Michaelson and Associates (and its predecessor firms).  In so doing, I was responsible for: marketing, finance, purchasing (including capital asset acquisition and long-term leasing of office space and certain equipment), IT and office automation, personnel (both professional and administrative, including hiring, termination, supervision, benefits, employment policies, and compensation), billing and all other functions attendant to running a small business. During that time, I had complete and sole “bottom line” profit/loss responsibility.

Positions Held

Arbitrator, Mediator and Attorney — Michaelson ADR Chambers, LLC (2011-present), Principal and Attorney, Arbitrator and Mediator, Michaelson & Associates (1984-2012), and General Counsel (virtual), Direct Grid Technologies LLC (2010-2012); Associate Attorney, Pennie & Edmonds (1982-1984); Corporate Patent Attorney (Member of Legal and Patent Staff), Bell Telephone Laboratories (1979-1982); Electronics Development Engineer, Rockwell International Corporation (1977-1979) and Aluminum Co. of America (Alcoa) (1976-1977); Electronics Project Engineer, Control Systems Research, Inc. (1975-1976)

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Managing the Process with E-Discovery 2.0 (10/2018) and Arbitrating in a Digital World — Fair, Expeditious Management of e-Discovery (10/2017), American Collee of e-Neutrals; e-Discovery Negotiation Training (2/2018), The Sedona Conference; International Symposia on Advanced Case Management Issues (12/2017, 9/2016, 2/2009), ICDR; 2015 Joint Columbia Law School — Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Course on International Commercial Arbitration (05/2015); Advanced Mediator Training (10/2004), CPR; Advanced Mediator Skills, Mediation and Training Alternatives in association with CEDR/London (05/2004); AAA Arbitrator II-Adv. Case Management (10/2002); AAA Arbitrator 1-Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process (12/2001); 6th Annual Int’l Summer School, Mediator Skills Training, CEDR/London, (8/2001-9/2001); Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers: The Lawyer as Negotiator, (06/1999), Adv. Mediation, (11/1997), and Mediation (06/1996), and Program on Negotiation: negotiation workshops (06/1993); WIPO – Workshop for Arbitrators (11/1996) and Mediation of Intellectual Property Disputes training (05/1995).

Professional and Other Activities

Chair Emeritus and Co-Founder – New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)

Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)

Member — “Tech List”, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC) (US)

Fellow — College of Commercial Arbitrators (US)

Member — American Bar Association (US)

Fellow — American College of e-Neutrals (US)

Member — International Arbitration Club of New York (US)

Member — National Association of Distinguished Neutrals (US)

Member — New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC) (US)

Member — Alaska and New Jersey State Bar Associations (US)

Peter Michaelson conducted considerable number of seminars, extensively served as speaker and provided numerous presentations concerning various aspects of IP law and IP-related ADR to various legal groups, and organizations; and authored many articles on various aspects of arbitration, IP-related ADR and IP Law. See Peter Michaelson’s CV for detailed lists of his seminars, speaking engagements, presentations and publications.

Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated attorney with Peer Review Rating of 5.0 of 5 (“Preeminent”) Avvo Rating 10.0 out of 10 (“Superb”)


Academic Qualifications

New York University School of Law, LLM (Trade Regulation), 1985
Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1979
(Senior Staff Member — Duquesne Law Review)
Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, MSc., Electrical Engineering, 1975 and Electrical Engineering and Economics, CMU, BSc., 1974