Thomas Peistrup, Esq. is a lawyer with experience in intellectual property (copyright, trademark, trade secrets), information security, and related fields. His practice includes privacy, data security and breach, and risk management. He also has specialized expertise in anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting management and litigation, with subject-matter experience in film, television, music, print, technology, direct response and consumer goods (including cannabis). Thomas has a deep business understanding and international experience, as well as experience with executive teams.
Thomas presently serves as General Counsel at two consumer products companies, one of which is directly adjacent to the cannabis space. As such, Thomas develops viable IP, marketing, corporate, regulatory, and other legal strategies in an uncertain cannabis landscape.
Thomas also serves on the Board and Leadership Council of a nonprofit dedicated to promoting information security standards and fostering collaboration and information sharing on cybersecurity issues between the private sector, government, and law enforcement. Thomas is also actively involved in various other professional organizations and serves as an editor of the annually-updated treatise “California Intellectual Property Laws.”
Thomas graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and earned his JD at UCLA. He has also studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Claremont Graduate University.
Anthony J. Orler, Esq. is Senior Counsel in Buchalter’s Los Angeles office.
Mr. Orler represents clients in intellectual property prosecution matters and counsels clients on business matters and litigation related to intellectual property. Mr. Orler focuses his practice on emerging technologies in the chemical, electrical, electro-mechanical, and semiconductor fields. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, universities, and individual inventors. Mr. Orler has had the honor of drafting applications for three Nobel Laureates.
Mr. Orler’s technical expertise is in the fields of semiconductor devices and materials, inorganic chemistry, and electrical/electro-mechanical hardware design and integration. He specializes in United States and foreign patent prosecution and related issues. Mr. Orler has drafted and prosecuted over 2500 patent applications in the fields of electronics, materials, business models, e-commerce, computer hardware and software engineering, chemical processes, and cellular and telecommunications systems design. Mr. Orler brings a wide-range of technical and legal expertise to this field, as he has worked on litigation in fields outside of the intellectual property realm; as an example, Mr. Orler was named counsel on an amicus curiae brief in Demore v. Kim, 538 U.S. 510 (2003), cited in Justice Souter’s opinion, on an immigration law matter; Mr. Orler also obtained summary judgment in a water rights lawsuit involving federal lands.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Orler spent fourteen years as a design engineer and senior member of the technical staff, working for well-known organizations such as the Santa Barbara Research Center, Hughes Aircraft Company, General Electric Astro-Space Division, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). During that period, Mr. Orler helped design and build several spin-stabilized and three-axis stabilized satellites for government, telecommunications and military use. Mr. Orler was the lead engineer on the Telemetry Control Unit for the Cassini spacecraft mission to Saturn.
Mr. Orler was also the lead inventor on U.S. Patent No. 5,020,887, entitled “Conformally Doped Optical Elements,” which he invented during his tenure at Hughes Aircraft Company, and which describes technology directed to infrared optical windows used on low radar-signature (stealth) aircraft. Mr. Orler also was an inventor on several other issued United States and foreign patents for telecommunications systems and Global Positioning System (GPS) location-based systems.
Stephen J. Strauss, Esq. is a Shareholder and Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Entertainment Industry Group. For over 30 years, Mr. Strauss has specialized in domestic and international trademark, copyright, and unfair competition matters, including licensing, Internet domain name disputes, and litigation. He has prosecuted over two thousand U.S. and foreign trademark and service mark applications, and won over 60 UDRP decisions.
Mr. Strauss represents a number of internationally recognized celebrities, sports personalities, recording artists, chefs, authors and media and entertainment companies. He also represents a wide range of diverse clients including restaurants, banks and financial institutions, clothing and toy manufacturers, and magazine and book publishers.
Mr. Strauss is a member of The Television Academy, the Recording Academy (NARAS), Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, and the Visual Effects Society, a non-profit professional, honorary society representing visual effects practitioners in all areas of entertainment. He is also an Adjunct Professor and member of the Executive Board of the Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of the Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law Alumni Association (SWEIP) at Southwestern Law School. Mr. Strauss lectures widely in the areas of entertainment intellectual property law and celebrity branding. He has lectured before the American Bar Association, the International Trademark Association, the USC Gould Institute of Entertainment Law and Business, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.