NAPABA Sidebar Member Spotlight – An Interview With Peter Sabido

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NAPABA Leadership Corner featuring Peter Sabido

Partner, Intellectual Property
Kolisch Hartwell P.C.

Peter Sabido is a partner whose practice includes obtaining, licensing, and enforcing patent, trademark, copyright, and trade-secret rights for his clients. His practice also includes analyzing and opining on the patentability and right-to-manufacture of inventions, the validity and infringement of patents, and the usability and registrability of trademarks and service marks. Peter supports clients from Kolisch Hartwell’s Portland and Palo Alto, California, offices. In July 2013, Peter was named a Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, recognizing him as one of the top intellectual property attorneys in the state.

Q} When and how did you become involved with NAPABA?

I have been a member of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) since it was founded in 2009. I had heard about NAPABA‘s convention but was not able to attend until 2014 in Scottsdale. I was so impressed by the convention and the opportunities to connect with my fellow Asian Pacific American attorneys (and) I wondered to myself why I had not started attending the convention earlier. Since then, I have become more involved with NAPABA and have missed only one convention.

Q} You are currently co-chair of the Solo & Small Firm Network,
a. How did you become involved with this committee?

I attended the Solo & Small Firm Network Boot Camp during my first annual convention. I enjoyed all the sessions and was pleasantly surprised how collegial everyone was at the Boot Camp. I knew then that I wanted to become involved with the SSF Network.

Q} You are currently co-chair of the Solo & Small Firm Network,
a. What does being part of this committee have to offer and how can other NAPABA members get involved?

We provide a community and networking platform for solo and small firm practitioners, as well as those who are interested in starting a solo or small firm practice. Please contact me or my co-chairs, Kristin Haugen and Jason Yee, if you are interested in getting involved. Our contact information can be found here.

Q} What was your career path that led you to your current position?

Practicing intellectual property law is my third career. I was a risk and safety consultant when I graduated from college. I met with operators and engineers of refineries and chemical plants to identify opportunities to improve the safety of their facilities. After that, I was an engineer at Intel Corp. and helped in the startup of the Ronler Acres campus in Oregon. As my engineer friends would say, I then turned to the “dark side” after several years at Intel and went to law school to become an intellectual property attorney.

Q} What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?

I enjoy helping people and companies protect their inventions, branding, and other creative works. I love meeting with inventors and entrepreneurs because you can just sense their excitement and positive energy about their inventions.

Q} What advice do you have for law students and new attorneys?

I would tell them to focus on what you have control over. Do well in school or work and network a lot.

Q} How do you balance work and family life?

I’m still figuring out how to balance work and family life. I have two young boys (4- and 1½-years-old) who are a joy to be around but they keep my wife and I super busy. I am learning to manage my time carefully and to prioritize my activities.

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