Peter Harter

Gene Quinn

Peter Harter has over 20 years of experience bridging the ecosystems of technology, business, law, venture finance and politics by providing advice to management, boards and investors on legislation, regulation, court cases, media, standards, treaties, political campaigns, capital, property and labor. As the founder of The Farrington Group, Peter advises public and private companies, investors, startups and nonprofits on risks from legislation, regulation, court cases, standards, politics, and more. He also helps identify relationships for sales, finance and and executive recruitment. Peter’s career began in 1993 as an Internet lawyer. He broadened in Silicon Valley as head of global government affairs for Netscape and EMusic.com and in business development and sales for Securify. He deepened his experience in policy in Washington, DC, lobbying on patent reform for Intellectual Ventures. Peter has expertise in the areas of patents, copyrights, open source, cybersecurity, export controls, voting, antitrust, nuclear energy, big data, and medical research reform.

To contact Peter please connect with him via LinkedIn.


Posts by Peter Harter


Rule 36, Collateral Estoppel and Unequal Treatment at the Federal Circuit

IntegraSpec was denied the opportunity to make its case here because of collateral estoppel based on the reasoning that they already had a full and fair opportunity …
By Gene Quinn & Peter Harter
4 days ago 7

How IPR Gang Tackling Distorts PTAB Statistics

If you are having trouble figuring out how Zond could have had 371 claims, lost all of them, but only 1,220 claims were instituted out of 1,377 claims challenged, you …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
24 days ago 5

The Federal Circuit should never use Rule 36 if a patent claim is invalidated

What happens if a patent owner who suffered that Rule 36 summary loss to Google at the Federal Circuit were to decide to sue another party – perhaps Apple – …
By Gene Quinn & Peter Harter
2 months ago 8

Rule 36: The Ides of March for the Federal Circuit?

Based on how often the Supreme Court reverses the Federal Circuit, what percentage of the Court’s Rule 36 decisions are wrong? Perhaps 90% of them? Then again it …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 3

Is it time for the Federal Circuit to award costs and fees in Rule 36 judgments?

Erich Spangenberg commented on our most recent Rule 36 article, “Does the Federal Circuit’s use of Rule 36 call into question integrity of the judicial process?” He raised …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

Does the Federal Circuit’s use of Rule 36 call into question integrity of the judicial process?

The Federal Circuit is using Rule 36 as a docket management tool, which allows the real problems facing the patent system to fester like an open wound. Between …
By Gene Quinn & Peter Harter
2 months ago 2

Infringe at Will Culture Takes Hold as America’s Patent System Erodes

Perhaps when the Senate Banking Committee convenes to consider the nomination of Wall Street attorney Jay Clayton as the new head of the Securities and Exchange Commission …
By Gene Quinn & Peter Harter
3 months ago 29

Rule 36: Unprecedented Abuse at the Federal Circuit

The principal manner in which the district courts are divining their guidance from the Federal Circuit is by review of the precise language of claims that court …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
4 months ago 6

Politics of Patent Venue Reform: SCOTUS Taking TC Heartland to Delay Push for Venue Reform

The genesis of the patent venue “problem” is simple: Many patent infringement defendants complain about traveling to the Eastern District of Texas. They feel that it is …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
4 months ago 2

Patent Forecast 2017: Will Patent Courts Be Great Again?

While Congress seems to pass some form of patent legislation roughly every 9 to 11 years, the more important changes with regard to business predictability and economic growth tend …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
4 months ago 3

Doing the Math on Patent Trolls: The U.S. patent system is a most efficient government program

Patents and the innovators who own them do not “cost” the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars each year. This claim has been repeatedly and …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
5 months ago 0

Tea Leaf Readers in Demand as Team Trump Meets with Silicon Valley Giants

Peter Thiel, Reince Priebus and Jared Kushner are hosting technology industry giants for a policy discussion at Trump Tower on December 14, 2016. Patent reform is likely to be …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
5 months ago 6

Wilbur Ross: Zero Tolerance of IP Theft

Wilbur Ross, Trump's nominee to run Commerce, has a zero tolerance for IP theft, which indicates a possible change in direction for US patent policy... Ross has …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
5 months ago 7

Pence, Conservative Views on Patents Likely to Influence Trump

Congressman Pence worked mostly on patent reform bills via the Republican Study Committee, a well-known group of House Republicans focused on inserting conservative views into public policy …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
6 months ago 8

Trump on IP and Patent Reform: What Silicon Valley Doesn’t Understand

Of course, the implication being if you are not in favor of a never ending revision of U.S. patent laws then you are somehow an ignorant …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
6 months ago 32