Dean A. Pelletier is the Managing Director of Ocean Tomo’s Trade Secret practice, which provides trade secret strategy, investment, risk management, transaction and expert testimony services. Dean works on the management and monetization of all intellectual property (IP) assets, with a particular focus on assisting companies in proactively developing, protecting and capitalizing on their trade secret portfolios.
Prior to joining Ocean Tomo, Dean practiced IP law for 17 years. Most recently, he was a Board Member and Shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. in Chicago, where he focused on litigating and trying trade secret and patent cases and counseling clients on trade secret and patent issues. Those cases and that counseling involved a variety of proprietary technology and information and a variety of industries, products and services. Dean has experience in such industries as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and imaging, railway products, foods and beverages, electronics and lighting, alternative energy, chemical processing, heavy construction equipment, film, entertainment and publishing.
Notably, Dean represented Amsted Industries Incorporated, the prevailing complainant, in a recent, significant trade secret misappropriation case before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. That case, TianRui Group Co. v. ITC, 661 F.3d 1322 (Fed. Cir. 2011), involved “what might have been the single biggest intellectual property heist of all time,” according to Dean.
Dean has published in various IP areas and spoken about various IP topics, including trade secret and patent law, IP strategy and ITC litigation.
Dean is a guest lecturer on trade secrets at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and at Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business.
Dean is a keynote speaker, panelist and presenter on trade secrets, patents and other IP at multiple Infocomm International and Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) trade shows, regional roundtables and meetings.
Dean, a Massachusetts native, received his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1995 and his B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in 1991. Dean is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is also a registered U.S. patent attorney. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), including the AIPLA Trade Secret Committee, is the Chairman of the AIPLA Trade Secret Valuation and Damages Subcommittee, the Chairman of the AIPLA Trade Secret Best Practices Subcommittee and a member of several other professional associations, including the Intellectual Property Owners Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, ITC Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association.