University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
(J.D.) – 2017
Arizona State University
(B.S. Electrical Engineering, cum laude) – 2012
Certified in Design for Six Sigma Business Process Management
District of Columbia
United States Patent and Trademark Office
American Bar Association (ABA)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Arizona Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
Derek Abeyta is a patent attorney with considerable experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications for clients, both in the United States and in foreign countries. Such patent applications relate to a variety of mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical fields, including telecommunications, extended reality systems, camera processing, power electronics, video coding, aerospace systems, autonomous vehicles, and medical device arts.
Prior to joining Harrity & Harrity, Derek practiced as a patent attorney at Quarles & Brady, LLP in Arizona. Previously, Derek worked as an IP associate for Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A. and Knobbe, Martens, Olson, & Bear, LLP. His law practice has focused on patent preparation and prosecution, as well as patent infringement and validity counseling.
Derek attended the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. He also served as President of the Arizona Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society and Co-Founder of Arizona’s Journal of Emerging Technologies. Before working as an attorney, Derek worked as a project and control systems engineer at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix for two years, where he developed and tested commercial and military aircraft engines. While obtaining his electrical engineering degree, Derek also worked as a lab technician for Arizona State University’s Tandem Beam Particle Accelerator.
Derek currently resides in Peoria, Arizona with his wife and kids. Derek enjoys playing softball, exploring the outdoors, and listening to music.
Author, “Hindsight Bias in Patent Examination: How Language Models Can Help,” IPWatchdog (May 2023).