Peter Byrne advises clients on intellectual property (IP) matters, with a focus on trademark and copyright issues. Peter helps clients select, secure, and enforce trademark rights in the United States and abroad. He also advises clients on IP issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and licensing transactions. Peter has litigated IP matters in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Peter advises clients on IP matters across many industries, including the sports, technology, medical, finance, automotive, and building sectors. In addition to his IP work, Peter also counsels clients on franchise matters, including issues relating to the acquisition of franchise systems and regulatory requirements. Peter’s active pro bono practice includes immigration, prisoners’ rights, and nonprofit film work.
Peter spent his first-year law school summer working on criminal defense matters at the Federal Defenders Office in Boston. Prior to law school, he helped his father found a clean energy design firm in California. He also worked as a sportswriter for several newspapers.
Harvard Law School, 2014, J.D., cum laude
University of California, Berkeley, 2009, B.A., with High Distinction
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)
Recipient, Morgan Lewis Pro Bono Challenge Award (2015–2021)
Recipient, Morgan Lewis Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award (2016, 2018)
Member, State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law Section
Member, San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, American Bar Association
Recipient, Harvard Law School Dean’s Scholar Prize