Pieter specializes in cross-border commercial disputes. In addition to trying cases in state and federal court, Pieter has arbitrated before AAA, ICC, ICDR, JAMS, and JCAA tribunals in English and Japanese. Pieter has particular experience with IP licensing disputes — complex cases involving a mix of trade secret, patent, tort, and contract claims relating to technology development and implementation. He has also handled M&A, venture capital, and joint venture litigation. Outside of the hearing room, Pieter advises clients on how best to mitigate risk, settle, or avoid disputes altogether.
Pieter maintains an active public interest practice. He is part of the cross-office team that exposed conditions in U.S. Customs and Border Patrol detention facilities and secured a permanent injunction compelling their improvement. For this work, Pieter and the team were awarded the MLK Award for Civil Rights Advocacy by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, the American Heritage Award by The American Immigration Council, and the Courageous Luminaries Award by the National Immigration Law Center.
After law school, Pieter clerked for Judge Leonard Sand, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and Judge John Noonan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. During law school, he served as an articles editor for the New York University Law Review.
Until 2017, Pieter practiced in the firm’s Tokyo office and taught law at Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. He previously attended Tokyo University as a Japanese Ministry of Education Scholar and Kyoto University as a Fulbright Scholar. He speaks Japanese and has a working knowledge of Dutch and Italian.Show More
(Multijurisdictional litigation). Represented Toshiba Corporation in its trade secret claim against SK Hynix. The suit sought damages for the wrongful acquisition and use of proprietary Toshiba information on NAND flash memory, which Toshiba pioneered in 1987. Pursuant to settlement, Toshiba received $278 million.
(International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration). Represented Immersion in breach of contract action.
(multijurisdictional litigation). Represented Toshiba Corporation in its litigation and arbitration against SanDisk regarding a dispute over the Japanese firm’s plans to sell its $18 billion chip unit. The dispute involved three California state court proceedings, two Tokyo district court cases and three International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations. The matter was settled favorably after Toshiba successfully obtained favorable rulings before the California state court and the arbitral tribunal.
Represented a multinational corporation in a multibillion dollar contractual dispute regarding the scope of a patent cross-license agreement.
(ITC, 337-TA-855). Represented complainant Hitachi Metals and its U.S. affiliate in a landmark investigation involving 29 respondents before the U.S. International Trade Commission regarding infringement of certain Hitachi Metals patents by the sale into the United States of certain sintered rare-earth magnets. Following favorable settlements with virtually all respondents, the investigation was terminated by Hitachi Metals prior to trial.