Peter T. Wakiyama is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. He focuses his practice on intellectual property and technology law, including intellectual property and technology transactions; general counseling, protection, enforcement and commercialization of intellectual property rights; information technology; Internet and e-commerce matters; data privacy and security; and media/new media/social media, publishing, entertainment and the arts.
Before joining Pepper, Mr. Wakiyama was a partner and practice group co-chair in the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Practice Group at WolfBlock in Philadelphia. Before commencing his law practice in 1995, Mr. Wakiyama worked in the technology industry, serving as a senior technical analyst with U.S. Defense Department contractor Planning Research Corporation (PRC), which is now part of Northrop Grumman. At PRC, he worked with leading edge technologies in support of the development of information systems for government clients, including the Navy. Before joining PRC, he worked for a large Philadelphia-based insurance company.
Since the mid-1990s, Mr. Wakiyama has represented a wide range of domestic and international clients across many industries, including software, Internet/e-commerce, telecommunications, cable television, entertainment, financial services, manufacturing, fashion, retail, health care, consumer packaged goods, packaging, food and beverage, higher education, hospitality and real estate (residential and commercial). In addition to representing established companies, Mr. Wakiyama regularly represents entrepreneurs, start-up companies and emerging growth companies on a wide range of matters.
Mr. Wakiyama has advised clients for over two decades through dramatic technological changes, starting with the Internet in the mid-90s, followed by the dot-com explosion and more recently cloud-based, mobile and wireless technologies. His background in technology, deep knowledge of day-to-day intellectual property law, and familiarity with many different industries makes him a trusted legal advisor for a wide range of clients in multiple industries with a diverse range of intellectual property and technology related needs.
Mr. Wakiyama regularly provides clients with a variety of training and education services on intellectual property and technology topics, including intellectual property basics, open source software, social media intellectual property issues and information technology transactions. He also presents on intellectual property topics at local colleges and universities, including University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Temple University, La Salle University and Philadelphia University (formerly Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science).