Antigone Peyton


Antigone is the Director of Legal and Policy at Ridgeline International, Inc. a technology integration company. She also provides privacy, Intellectual Property, and technology law counseling though her boutique law firm, Cloudigy Law. Antigone is a registered patent attorney with over 20 years of legal experience, focused on the intersection of privacy, cybersecurity, information governance, tech law, policy, and regulation. She regularly speaks about legal and policy implications of the digital economy, including social media, IoT, AI, blockchain, and cloud computing. She has been recognized among the Virginia Legal Elite and WIPR Leaders by her peers and a SuperLawyer for her work involving intellectual property law. You can find Antigone’s musings about IP law, privacy, and tech topics at the blog and follow her on Twitter @AntigonePeyton.

Before moving in-house and restarting her boutique firm, Antigone managed the IP and Tech Group at a large Virginia law firm and she managed the e-Discovery group at the international IP firm Finnegan LLP. Antigone has counseled a wide variety of tech-startups and Fortune 500 companies over the years. Before becoming a lawyer, she conducted scientific research at a large university medical center and has supported the National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR seed fund program for over 10 years as a commercial panel reviewer of early development proposals and an awardee conference participant. All of these experiences honed her passion for exploring the intersection of cutting edge science and technology, law, and policy.

Having worked for former Chief Administrative Law Judge Paul Luckern at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Honorable Kimberly Moore at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Antigone brings a practical perspective to her litigation and client counseling practice.

She received a B.S. in Chemistry from The College of William and Mary, pursued graduate Bioethics and pre-clinical research work at the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. in law with an Intellectual Property focus from the Scalia School of Law, George Mason University, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and a member of the Moot Court.


  • Representing artists and IP protection and licensing associations before the US Supreme Court and the courts of appeals in cases involving protection of IP rights for creatives and their licensing partners
  • Business and influencer consulting around US and international privacy and data protection regulations including development of compliant processes, policies, employee education, and technology integration
  • Developing strategies relating to blockchain implementation, IP protections, and investigations involving discovery of blockchain transactions
  • Developing IP and contractual protection strategy for Artificial Intelligence tools and resulting “creative works”
  • Offensive and defensive patent, trademark, and copyright litigations involving between $20 million and $4 billion in damages
  • Represented a large commercial general contractor and real estate developer in an architectural copyright infringement lawsuit and received attorneys fees award
  • Represented Netscape in its first offensive patent infringement suit involving Web cookies technology
  • Defended Eli Lilly in a suit filed by Pfizer related to the ED drug Cialis®
  • Conducted an analysis of a biologic patent portfolio for a large pharmaceutical company
  • Represented Abbott in a patent suit involving assays used in pregnancy tests
  • Represented United Technologies Corporation in a patent suit involving jet engine technologies
  • Represented Aventis in a patent suit involving a biologic hemophilia product
  • Provided strategic patent and trademark portfolio management counseling to multi-national luxury goods company
  • Developed trade secret protection processes and employee training materials for defense contractor and cyber security technology company
  • Conducted IP portfolio audit and facilitated asset sale for dormant portions of technology company’s patent portfolio (over 200 patents)


  • The Connected State of Things, A Lawyer’s Survival Guide in an Internet of Things World,” 24 Cath. U. J.L. & Tech. 369 (2016)
  • Kill the Dinosaurs, and Other Tips for Achieving Technical Competence in Your Law Practice,” 21 Rich. J. L. & Tech. (2015)
  • Coauthor, “Trial Lawyers Tackle Twitter,” ABA Law Practice Magazine (2013)
  • Coauthor, “Social Media War Stories from Litigation,” ABA Law Practice Today (2013)
  • Inventorship and the Inequitable Conduct Defense: PerSeptive Biosystems, Inc. v. Pharmacia Biotech, Inc.,” The Federal Circuit Bar Journal (2002)
  • Coauthor, “2011 Trademark Law Decisions of the Federal Circuit,” 61 Am. U.L. Rev. 1151 (2012)
  • Coauthor, “On the Horizon: A New Federal Circuit,” The Federal Circuit Bar Journal (2010)
  • Expert Blogs and Tweets: Are They Expert Publications?” Intellectual Property Today (2010)


  • 2020 – 2016 Super Lawyer – Intellectual Property, Super Lawyers, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • 2020 – 2018 World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) Leaders
  • 2018 Women of Legal Tech – ABA Legal Technology Resource Center
  • 2018 IPLS Distinguished Law Alumni Award – George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • 2019 – 2016, 2014, 2012 Virginia Legal Elite – Intellectual Property, Virginia Business
  • 2014 Influential Women of Virginia, Virginia Lawyers Media


  • “Patenting Software: A Big Challenge for AI in Medicine,” Johns Hopkins University (July 2020)
  • Best of ABA TechShow “Bitcoin and Blockchain for Lawyers” ABA Webinar (Jan. 2020)
  • “Technology Assisted Review and AI”, Georgetown Law Advanced E-Discovery Conference (Oct. 2019)
  • “Becoming Iron Man: AI Revolutionizes the Legal Profession”, Masters Conference, Washington, DC (Oct 2019)
  • “2020 information Governance Predictions”, Webinar (Dec. 2019)
  • “Data Privacy,” Webinar (Nov. 2019)
  • “Tips for Avoiding IP Pitfalls and Technology Traps”, Association of Corporate Counsel Conference, Vienna, VA (Sept. 2019)
  • “Application Concepts for AI at the Edge: Building Decision Confidence in an Increasingly Connected World”, AI World Government Conference (June 2019)
  • “Learning from the Past: Legal Issues for the Technology Attorney in 2019”, ABA Webinar (June 2019)
  • “Exploring Ethical Boundaries: Prosecution in the Era of Social Media”, National Association of Attorneys General Program (June 2019)
  • “Building a Litigation Story Through Mobile Breadcrumbs: Leveraging Cellebrite and Mobile Forensics”, DC Bar E-discovery Committee Meeting (June 2019)
  • “The 4th Amendment in the 21st Century Digital Age”, Keynote Speech, Annual Law Day, Yosemite National Park (May 2019)
  • Bitcoin and Blockchain for Lawyers” and “Internet of Things: Friend or Foe?,” ABA TechShow 2019 – Chicago, Ill (March 2019)
  • Blocks of Authenticity: Chains Forevermore-Blockchain, What it is, its promise, and likely disruptive future in practical use,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel -Austin, TX (Mar. 2019)
  • The Future of Privacy Regulation,” 2019 Catholic University Journal Of Law & Tech. Symposium (Jan. 2019)
  • AI in Legal,” AI World Conference 2018 – Boston, MA (Dec. 2018)
  • Consumer Surveillance and The Connected State,” CA Eastern District Bench & Bar Conference, Yosemite, CA (Oct. 2018)
  • “‘Discovering’ Blockchain Evidence,” Arizona State University Ctr. for Law, Science & Innovation – Phoenix, AZ (Nov. 2018)
  • Leveraging the Power of the Cloud for Innovation“, ILTACON 2018 (Aug. 2018)
  • Alexa, is this IoT Edvidence Admissible?”, ABA Techshow 2018 (March 2018)
  • Playing in the Big Leagues: E-discovery in Large, Complex Litigation”, ABA Techshow 2018 (March 2018)
  • Blockchain and the Law: What Lawyers (and Their Clients) Need to Know About This Cutting-Edge Technology”, Logikcull Webinar (March 2018)
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency”, Mindshare (Feb. 2018)
  • 2018: Emerging Trends in eDiscovery”, Logikcull Webinar (Feb. 2018)
  • The Fitbyte Revolution: Dealing with Disparate Data”, Technology in Practice 2017 Conference (Nov. 2017)
  • BlockChain Discussion”, The Masters Conference 2017 – Washington, DC (Oct. 2017)
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Grantee Workshop”, The National Science Foundation (Sept. 2017)
  • Talk about BlockChain!” Women Data Scientists DC, (Sept. 2017)
  • Smart Speakers as Discoverable Evidence: Helper or Witness for the Persecution?”, American Bar Association (Aug. 2017)
  • The Social Media Takeover: Is your Organization Ready?” The Masters Conference, New York (July 2017)
  • The Impact of Brexit on IP Protection Strategies”, British-American Business Association Forum (June 2017)
  • Corporate eDiscovery and Cybersecurity User Group Panel, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists Event (May 2017)
  • Practical Guidance for Protection of Client Data in the Age of Cybercrime, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists Event (March 2017)
  • Presentations involving legal issues relating to IoT and digital discovery requests from the Government, ABA TechShow Conference, Chicago, IL (March 2017)
  • Phase I SBIR/STTR Grantee Workshop, National Science Foundation (March 2017)
  • Creative Upstarts and Startups: How IP Creates Opportunities and Open Doors” Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Fourth Annual Fall Conference (Oct. 2016)
  • Faster, Bigger, Better eDiscovery: Leveraging TAR Technology” and “Spanning the Gap: Discovery Counsel and Project Management” The Masters Conference (Oct. 2016)
  • Demystifying Mobile Discovery” DC Bar, eDiscovery and Information Governance Group (Sept. 2016)
  • A Litigator’s Guide to the Internet of Things (IoT)” JOLT Symposium (Feb. 2016)
  • How Should We Practice in the Cloud? Understanding Privacy & Confidentiality Concerns,” (Oct. 2015)
  • Kill the Dinosaurs, and Other Tips for Achieving Technical Competence in Your Law Practice,” JOLT Symposium (Feb. 2015)
  • Protect That IP! Or the Art of Doing Business with the Government if You Sell Products in the Commercial Market,” Fairfax Government Contracts Bar (May 2015)
  • So What’s This Big Data and Cloud Computing Stuff?” Shandong Cable Interactive Services (Sept. 2014)
  • Using Life Lessons to Rock Your SBIR Phase II Preview Panel,” NSF SBIR Grantee Workshop (Sept. 2013)
  • Intellectual Property, the Environment, and Big Data,” EmeraldPlanet TV, Washington, DC (July 2013)
  • Digital Evidence” Lecture for Information Policy, Computer Security & Information Assurance Program, George Washington University (April 2013)