Peter Byrne advises clients on intellectual property matters, with a focus on trademark and copyright issues. Peter helps clients select, secure, license, and enforce trademark rights in the US and abroad. He has litigated intellectual property matters in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Peter also assists with IP diligence, including franchise-related issues in M&A, private equity, and investment-related transactions. Peter’s pro bono practice includes immigration, prisoners’ rights, and non-profit film work.
Peter earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School after earning his undergraduate degree with high distinction from the University of California, Berkeley. He spent his first-year summer working on criminal defense matters at the Federal Defenders Office in Boston. Prior to law school, Peter 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 (2015–2020)
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