Peter J. Cuomo


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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Post-Grant Proceedings
  • IP Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.348.1854
Fax: 617-542-2241
University Trinity College, B.S., Biology; Johns Hopkins University, M.S., Biotechnology
Law SchoolBoston University, J.D., Honors
Admitted2004, Massachusetts; Federal Circuit Court of Appeals; United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; United States Supreme Court; US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
•Member, Boston Bar Association
•Member, Boston Patent Law Association


Peter's practice includes a variety of civil litigation, including trademark and patent litigation, trade secret disputes, and complex commercial litigation. Peter's primary focus is in patent litigation, and he has experience in many aspects, including expert discovery, Markman Hearings, and pretrial motion practice.

Prior to joining the firm, he practiced in the intellectual property litigation practice in the Boston office of another international law firm. Peter has also previously worked in and supervised an academic laboratory focused on researching infectious diseases.

He is a co-author of multiple scientific papers and spent time in Zambia investigating the co-infection of measles and HIV. During law school, Peter was an editor on the Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law and a research assistant in intellectual property and the Health Law Department.

•Featured in Mintz Levin Adds More from Edwards Wildman, Bingham McCutchen, The American Lawyer (01.08.2015)

Awards & Recognitions
•Paul J. Liacos Scholar, Boston University School of Law
•Dean's Award for Corporate Law, Boston University School of Law

Recognitions & Awards
•Paul J. Liacos Scholar, Boston University School of Law
•Dean's Award for Corporate Law, Boston University School of Law

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Represented a national office supply company in a patent and trademark infringement suit through trial and appeal. Secured stipulation of dismissal of two of the asserted patents before trial and prevailed on trademark infringement claim on summary judgment. On appeal, trademark ruling was affirmed and the Federal Circuit adopted new claim constructions, under which a third patent was not infringed and under which a fourth patent was found invalid and not infringed. Defended a financial service provider on appeal from a suit alleging infringement of a patent directed to a method of processing financial transactions. In a case largely determined by the proper claim construction, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court's summary judgment decision of noninfringement. Represented a global packaging company on appeal following a bench trial awarding the company with permanent injunctions against two direct competitors. While considering numerous challenges to infringement and validity from both defendant-appellants in a consolidated appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed, inter alia, the district court's decisions on infringement and did not disturb the injunctions awarded to our client. Represented a medical device company as the third-party requester in a complex inter partes reexamination at the United States Patent and Trademark Office involving nearly 300 claims related to video laryngoscopy. On appeal and after more than six years, the Patent Office invalidated all but one claim that did not pose a risk of infringement to our client. Represented a major Massachusetts hospital at the Federal Circuit following the appeal of an inventorship dispute successfully resolved at summary judgment. The Federal Circuit affirmed. Member of a trial team that represents major international pharmaceutical companies and has successfully litigated cases at both the district court and appellate level in ANDA patent infringement actions under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Represented a biotechnology company in a trade secret misappropriation case in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Helped secure a multimillion-dollar jury verdict for the client at trial. Represented an orthopedic medical device manufacturer in separate trade secret and patent infringement disputes. Advised a national office supply company in patent infringement, trade dress, and design patent cases, including two that resulted in summary judgment victories for the client. Part of the team that successfully represented a major electronics company in a patent infringement action involving 29 patents covering various aspects of photocopier technology and more than 200 accused products. Analyzed validity and infringement and assisted with claim construction positions. While pending in the Eastern District of Texas, the case ultimately settled on favorable terms.

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Fed. Cir. Defers to PTAB Finding of Obviousness in First Pharma IPR Reviews (Merck v. Gnosis)
Peter J. Cuomo,Richard G. Gervase, December 29, 2015
On December 17, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a precedential decision affirming a determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) that patent claims related to methods of treating elevated homocysteine levels were invalid as obvious. In Merck & Cie v. Gnosis S.P.A.,...

For the First Time PTAB Upholds Validity of Pharma Patents
David Cotta,Peter J. Cuomo,Adam P. Samansky, February 27, 2015
On December 9, 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) upheld the validity of three Supernus Pharmaceutical’s patents relating to once-daily formulations of doxycycline. The trio of decisions is significant because one of the three patents had been at issue in a Hatch...
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