University of Texas (J.D. – with honors)
Rice University (B.A. Computer and Electrical Engineering / Economics – magna cum laude)
Mr. Pledger focuses his practice on intellectual property protection in the computer and electronics industries, including patent, trademark, design patent, trade secret and copyright protection of ideas.
Comprehensive areas of technical expertise include consumer electronics, cellular phones, automobiles, toys, video and computer games, electronic stock trading, cryptography, medical devices, artificial diamonds, seismic surveying systems, financial services, electronic stock trading, global-positioning systems, and computer components such as networks, printers, terminals, power supplies and packaging, workstations, graphics processing, microprocessors and integrated circuits, and displays. Comprehensive U.S. and foreign patent prosecution experience.
Before joining Susman Godfrey, Mr. Pledger worked as in-house counsel for the Digital Equipment Corp. and Microsoft. He has held memberships in most major intellectual property bar associations.