Kauffman Founders School, Peter D. McDermott,
Intellectual Property, Intro >>In the early part of my career I was an in‑house
patent attorney at Ford Motor Company. It was an excellent opportunity for a broad range
of training and experience in intellectual property law. My practice now involves advising
clients on intellectual property issues. That includes patent strategy for protecting new
products and for protecting new technologies. My name is Peter McDermott. I’m a patent lawyer
in the Boston office of Banner & Witcoff. Being a patent attorney is just great. It
gives you an opportunity to come in when most of the hard work has been done. A lot of the
technology has already been developed. You get to come in and enjoy the results of that
hard, hard work. And to help them then turn that hard work into a product in the marketplace.
That’s exciting. I’ve been fortunate. I’ve been able to work with companies from Fortune
500 to the smallest startup. And I have been fortunate I think and privileged, most patent
lawyers feel to be able to help companies in our small way contribute to the their bringing
forward into the marketplace new products, new technologies. It’s been rewarding and
it’s been fun.