Prior to founding Pelletier Law, Dean was a managing director at an intellectual capital merchant banc and a board member/shareholder at another intellectual property (IP) law firm.
Dean has been a member of the Chicago legal community and working with IP for nearly two decades. His practice focuses on leveraging patents and trade secrets.
In his practice, Dean accounts for the IP and technology at issue as well as corporate, marketplace and global realities. His experience encompasses various industries, technologies and assets and has been honed in various venues and across multiple cultures. Subject matter with which Dean has worked includes: steel manufacturing processes, motor vehicles, food additives, lighting control devices, medical devices, chemical processes, mechanical devices, apparel, financial services, fuel cells, pharmaceuticals, electromagnetic detection technology, internet/e-mail marketing, VOIP technology, metal injection molding and professional services.
Dean has first chair and extensive experience successfully litigating and trying IP cases and counseling clients on various IP matters. Dean has litigated and tried cases in U.S district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and state courts and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Dean’s litigation and trial experience provides him with an informed perspective. That perspective and corresponding insights are extremely valuable when conducting early IP case assessments, preparing IP litigation templates, conducting an IP audit, rendering formal IP opinions, drafting or reviewing IP agreements, counseling on IP matters or serving as “outside in-house” IP counsel.
Dean’s litigation and trial experience includes representing Amsted Industries, the prevailing trade secret owner, in TianRui v. ITC, 661 F.3d 1322 (Fed. Cir. 2011), a case that has had a profound impact on U.S. trade secret law and U.S. trade secret owners. That case was tried at the ITC, upheld on appeal and, according to Dean, involved “what might have been the single biggest IP heist of all time.” Importantly, Amsted obtained a 10-year limited exclusion order and 10-year cease and desist orders against the Chinese and U.S. respondents.
Dean also successfully litigated and tried a patent infringement case that resulted in an $ 80 million award.
Dean has been a keynote IP speaker, panelist and presenter at multiple Infocomm International and Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance trade shows, regional roundtables and meetings.
He has been a guest IP lecturer at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business.
He also has written multiple articles on IP law, including:
- Trade Secret Law Needs An Informed Protective Measures Template
- Effective Trade Secret Management: Under the First-Inventor-To-File System, U.S. Utility Patent Applications May Become a Bigger Part of a Balanced IP Portfolio
- Valuable, but vulnerable – Dean Pelletier sets out a 7-step approach to effectively mitigate trade secret misappropriation risks in the cyber-age global economy
- Recent Developments in Trade Secret Law Confirm Trade Secret Owners’ Opportunities and the Fundamental, Strategic Choice between Trade Secret and Patent Protection
- Litigating Trademark Cases at ITC vs. District Court
- Top 10 Provisions of the America Invents Act
- FOCUS – Never Give Up . . . and You Could Score a Big ITC Win
- Competitive Advantages of Intellectual Property
- A Strategy for, and Benefits of, Securing Prompt Claim Construction Rulings
- Access Denied – Under What Circumstances Should In-House Counsel Fight to See the Other Party’s Confidential Materials in Patent Litigation?
Dean is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a registered U.S. patent attorney. He is a member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois.
He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), including the AIPLA Trade Secret Committee, the Co-Chairman of AIPLA Trade Secret Best Practices Subcommittee, and a member of several other professional associations, including the Federal Circuit Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.
Dean is a Massachusetts native, but his educational roots are in the Midwest. He received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1995 and his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in 1991.