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Ned Pejic Partner

Ned is Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property group.  He focuses his practice on patent, copyright and trademark law.  He provides counsel regarding intellectual property litigation, procurement, management and licensing. Ned also serves as co-chair of the Health Care and Life Sciences practice group.


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Ned’s intellectual property practice runs the gamut from patent litigation and legal opinions encompassing infringement, validity and enforceability issues to patent prosecution and portfolio management involving patents, copyrights and trademarks. Ned has worked with clients of all sizes to establish and manage strategic IP portfolios and implementation of internal IP portfolio management and budget control processes.

His litigation experience includes trial and appellate practice before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He has also prepared and prosecuted patent applications involving computers, software, digital and analog circuitry, and mechanical inventions ranging from medical equipment to micro-electromechanical systems.  He also has prosecuted re-examinations and appealed successfully to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.
Ned is a member of the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, Intellectual Property Owners Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Ned is on the firm’s Executive Committee and co-chair of the firm’s Marketing and Client Services Committee.
He is the author of:
  • “Myriad: Unlocking the Deep Secrets of DNA and Patentability,” Impact IP, an Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, May 2013.
  • “Why do Patents Matter ? . . . Because Not Everything is Patentable,” Impact IP, an Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, March 2013.
  • “Last Rites: AIA to bury “First to Invent” on March 16, 2013,” Impact IP, an Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, February 2013.
  • “U.S. Supreme Court to Nike Competitor: You Have No Case or Controversy,” Impact IP, an Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, February 2013.
  • “Patents Can Protect Your Business Innovations,” Managed Healthcare Executive, September, 2010.
  • “Computer, Diagnostic, and Business Method Patents in the Wake of Bilski,” Lexology, July, 2010.
  • “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You:  Having a Website Could Mean You’re Susceptible to Being Sued for Software Patent Infringement,” ACC Docket, November, 2007.
He is also a CLE speaker and has given several presentations including:
  • “Why Patents Matter, Law of Obviousness, before and after KSR:  A New Threshold” and “Intellectual Property Business Planning.”
  • “Computer, Diagnostic, and Business Method Patents in the Wake of Bilski.”
Ned was an electrical engineer prior to law school.  He served as a patent agent with Calfee from 1994 to 1996, becoming an associate with the firm in 1996 and a partner in 2006.