As a former Professional Engineer, Pete Sistare draws on his technical experience to advise clients on patent law in mechanical and electrical technologies. Pete prosecutes patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and manages international patent portfolios. He also provides infringement and validity opinions, conducts freedom-to-operate investigations, manages dispute resolutions and advises on due diligence matters.

Before becoming a lawyer, Pete served in the U.S. Coast Guard, holding the rank of Lieutenant Commander. As chief of the machinery branch, he was responsible for ensuring that main propulsion and auxiliary engineering systems designs for U.S. flag cargo, tank and passenger vessels, and offshore drilling and oil production platforms were in compliance with respective standards. He also conducted on-site technical inspections of such commercial vessels in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa and performed operational and maintenance engineering of main propulsion and auxiliary systems on Coast Guard vessels.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Former Licensed Mechanical Professional Engineer — Virginia


University of Maryland School of Law
J.D. (2003)

Naval Postgraduate School
M.S.M.E. (1995)

United States Coast Guard Academy
B.S. (1989)

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