Peter Gratzinger is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice focuses on representing technology and entertainment clients in intellectual property, antitrust and commercial disputes. In 2012, Mr. Gratzinger was part of a trial team that defended dick clark productions against a lawsuit brought by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over the rights to the Golden Globe Awards show. The result in that case was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top Verdicts" of 2012. He was also part of the Munger Tolles team that represented ABC in defeating an effort by CBS to enjoin the reality show "The Glass House" based on allegations of copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. Recent results in Mr. Gratzinger's patent cases include a favorable settlement for a leading developer and manufacturer of solar energy technology accused of patent infringement in the Northern District of California, and a judgment of invalidity in the Eastern District of Texas, later affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, on patents relating to peer-to-peer networking technology.
Mr. Gratzinger also maintains an active pro bono practice and has provided pro bono representation in various cases involving immigration, First Amendment law, election law and other issues. For example, Mr. Gratzinger tried a case in the Lancaster Immigration Court that resulted in the release from detention of a Kenyan refugee seeking political asylum. Mr. Gratzinger is on the Board of Managers of the Ketchum Downtown YMCA, a non-profit serving the downtown Los Angeles community.
Mr. Gratzinger graduated with honors from Stanford Law School in 2003. During law school, he served as executive editor of the Stanford Law Review. Mr. Gratzinger completed his first year of legal studies at New York University School of Law, where he earned the John Norton Pomeroy Prize for academic excellence.
"Was the Telescope Obvious? An Inquiry into Simultaneous Invention," 13 The Columbia Science and Technology Review 71 (2011)
"Machines and Transformations: The Past, Present, and Future Patentability of Software," 8 Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property 247 (2010)