Aldo Noto concentrates his practice in the area of domestic and international intellectual property rights, including patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks, with an emphasis on contested matters. He is a recognized industry leader in software patent portfolios -- the development, procurement, sale, litigation, and licensing of software patent portfolios.
Having worked at highly regarded international law firms, Mr. Noto brings over 25 years of big law firm experience to bear on solving client’s intellectual property problems. His litigation experience includes intellectual property rights litigation in the "Rocket Docket" Eastern District of Virginia, Eastern District of Texas, before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and U.S. International Trade Commission, as well as the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition to litigation, Mr. Noto’s work includes patent portfolio development, management and exploitation, licensing, technology agreements, and providing opinions and advice regarding patentability, freedom to practice, infringement, and validity issues. His experience includes both patent prosecution as well as proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
His industry focuses include electronics, telecom, digital media, interactive television, e-commerce, computer and business methods. His software patent portfolio experience includes a string of successful development and monetizations totaling $100’s of millions including the following portfolios: Discovery Communications’ cable television portfolio sold to Comcast, Daniel Egger’s Software Rights Archive (SRA) internet page searching portfolio asserted against Google, Telequip’s (TQP) encryption portfolio, Bascom’s (DSS) social media linking portfolio, Discovery Communications’ electronic book portfolios, Strikeforce’s two factor authentication portfolio and others going as far back as the development and prosecution of CyberOptics’ portfolio for detecting an object in continuous motion and its ultimate sale in 1994 to Yamaha.
Mr. Noto served as an adjunct law professor for Marymount University’s Masters Program, teaching Computer Law from 1992-2000. From 2000-present, he has taught “Software and Business Method Patents: Procuring and Enforcement” at Patent Resources Group, Inc., the leading provider of CLE in patent law. He frequently writes and presents on the topic of software patents and intellectual property law for leading industry forums and publications.
In 2015 and 2016, Mr. Noto was recognized as a Washington, D.C., “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers. He was also named "One of the World's Leading Patent Practitioners" in Intellectual Asset Management magazine's IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2014-2015).
Mr. Noto earned an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and his J.D., with honors, from George Washington University. He received a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the State University of New York, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Mr. Noto was an active duty U.S. Coast Guard Officer from 1985-1990 and made arrests for drug offenses on the high seas.
Court and bar affiliations and memberships
Mr. Noto is a member of the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Fourth Circuit as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.