After a two-year stint as a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Pitinga practiced civil litigation for eight years, specializing in business torts. Inspired by the creation of the Internet, he returned to school and obtained an M.S. from the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs), where he was Graduate Student of the Year in computer science. Upon graduation, he went to work for a start-up founded by one of his professors, where he worked as an application program developer. He then worked as a systems software developer for nearly five years at Compaq/HP, where he became familiar with the Intel Itanium microprocessor architecture and open source software. Since returning to the practice of law, he has been involved in patent litigation involving nanotechnology and biotechnology and patent prosecution in the areas of artificial intelligence, distributed operating systems, compilers/translators, search engines, virtualization, packet-switched networks (including the Internet), improvements to open source software, and graphical user interfaces.
Patent prosecution in the logical arts, including:
- J.D.-M.B.A. from the University of Washington (Seattle)
- M.S. in computer science from the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs)
- B.A. in molecular biology from the University of Colorado (Boulder)
Admitted to Practice
- Member of the Colorado, California, and D.C. bars
- Licensed to practice as attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office