Peter is a partner and leader in the Technology Transactions practice within Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group. He has an electrical engineering and intellectual property background, and had worked in the computer science industry prior to his career in the legal services industry. He has extensive experience advising corporate clients regarding tech transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs, and complex IP transactional matters, in each case in the intellectual property, information technology, cyber security and privacy practice areas. Peter has provided counsel on numerous intellectual property portfolio and patent prosecution matters. Peter also has extensive experience litigating complex IP matters, with a focus on patent litigation involving technology in the electrical engineering arts.
Peter is a member of Reed Smith’s Tech & Data team and a lead Tech Transactions partner in the science, engineering, and software space and handles matters all industries and technologies, including matters for clients in diverse technology fields such as computer software, microelectronics, IoT and other Internet technology, blockchain, cryptocurrency. He is also a member of On-Chain: Reed Smith’s Crypto & Digital Assets Group which represents clients relating to Cryptocurrency and related mining matters as well as matters relating to other Digital Assets such as Tokens and Stable Coins, and related fractionalization, FinTech, Health / MedTech, InsurTech, information technology systems, telecommunications, media technology, virtual reality, solar, defense and aerospace technology, cyber security, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data and analytics technology, and data protection.
Prior to his legal career, Peter gained more than four years’ experience as a lead negotiator for IP licenses and agreements for IBM in the Intellectual Property & Licensing (IP&L) of IBM’s Headquarters Division and more than 15 years’ experience as an engineer and manager for IBM in the microelectronics division, during which time, he performed such tasks as card-level electronics design and testing, software development, and semiconductor research and development.
Peter is admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut, and before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He has appeared in federal and state courts across the country, including in precedent setting telecommunications and trade secret cases. In addition to being a registered patent attorney, Peter is an inventor on several patents, including U.S. Patent Nos. 6,488 778, 6,387,754, 6,278,147, 6,268,621, 6,178,660 and 6,758,223, and associated foreign counterparts.
He received his J.D. cum laude from Pace Law School in 2004, and M.S. in 1990 in electrical engineering with a Certificate in Microelectronics Manufacturing from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in 1988 in electrical engineering with a minor in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.