Pete’s practice focuses on all aspects of trademark law, in addition to copyright, domain name, and related intellectual property matters. He has extensive experience in trademark selection, clearance, and portfolio strategies. He oversees the prosecution of trademark applications domestically and internationally, and heads up global enforcement matters involving many famous marks. He also handles many opposition and cancellation matters before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and assists with federal trademark litigation.

Pete also has substantial experience drafting trademark and copyright-related agreements. He frequently counsels on copyright and domain name issues, and has handled numerous successful UDRP arbitration cases. He also regularly addresses matters involving social media, online advertising, and other new technologies that pose challenges to traditional IP protection and enforcement.

Pete began his career as a trademark examining attorney at the US Patent and Trademark Office, making determinations on thousands of trademark applications and representing the Office in ex parte appeals, prior to entering private practice.

Experience

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  • Managed global trademark portfolio of sports apparel company and played central role in the multi-million dollar sale of its IP assets
  • Protected client’s rights abroad by invalidating the European Union trademark registration of a competitor on “bad faith” grounds, based on client’s use of the same mark in the US
  • Performed complex risk assessments for hundreds of proposed trademarks of Fortune Global 500 companies, and devised strategies for securing US registration in the face of competing marks
  • Secured transfer of 17 domains used by counterfeiters to client, by way of single consolidated UDRP proceeding against multiple domain owners
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Bar admissions

2005, Califorina

2011, District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., 2005, George Washington University
  • B.A., 2002, Wake Forest University, English
    • cum laude
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