Peter M. Brody

Partner

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  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1984; Executive Editor, Harvard Law Review

  • AB, magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1980

Qualifications

  • Maryland, 1992
  • District of Columbia, 1986

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Honorable Carl McGowan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • French
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • President, U.S. Chapter of International Wine Lawyers Association
  • Chairman, Legal Advisory Committee of Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • General Counsel for the District of Columbia Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Active member of the Criminal Justice Act panel of appointed lawyers for the U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Court-appointed mediator, D.C. Superior Court

Peter M. Brody

Partner

Peter Brody has been successfully litigating complex cases in federal and state courts across the United States for over 25 years. A member and former chair of Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property litigation group, Peter has litigated every type of IP case –patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, and false advertising - as well as a wide range of constitutional, administrative, and contract disputes. Peter also has substantial experience in alcoholic beverage laws and regulations. In addition to his trial and appellate practice, Peter has served as lead counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitrations, as well as hearings and proceedings before federal and state administrative agencies. Peter’s broad-based litigation experience enables him to see the big picture and to present complicated and technical matters in a clear and easy to understand manner. His extensive knowledge of intellectual property law, careful case preparation, and skilled advocacy are valued by leading companies in a wide array of business sectors, including consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, financial services, personal care, and food and wine. 

Peter is also an active member of the firm’s social media group. He routinely advises clients on trademark and copyright protection and enforcement in the social media arena, best practices for protecting confidential information and trade secrets from disclosure on social media sites, and federal and state regulation of advertising and promotion via social media. 

Peter also lectures and writes extensively on social media, intellectual property and alcoholic beverage law and practice. 

Experience

  • In re Products Having Laminated Packaging, Laminated Packaging, and Components Thereof: Co-lead counsel for Diageo North America in the first investigation of the ITC’s pilot program for possible early disposition of cases. Following an accelerated trial on the economic prong of domestic industry, the Commission found that the complainant (a non-practicing entity) failed to satisfy the economic prong and terminated the investigation.
  • TRIA Beauty v. Radiancy, Inc.: Lead trial counsel for an FDA-regulated medical device manufacturer in a false advertising lawsuit brought against a competitor marketing an unregulated device with false claims.
  • YSL Beauté v. Oscar de la Renta, Ltd.: Lead trial counsel for an international fashion house in a successful year-long international arbitration over termination of the client’s global trademark license agreement for fragrances and cosmetics.
  • LG Electronics v. Quanta Computer Corp.: Lead trial counsel for the plaintiff in a recent patent infringement suit involving various aspects of DVD technology.
  • Schick Mfg., Inc., et al. v. The Gillette Company: Lead trial counsel for Gillette in a series of unfair competition and false advertising actions with its primary competitor.
  • Mansell et al. v. Raytheon Company, et al.: Lead trial counsel for the defendants in a patent royalty suit involving GPS vehicle tracking systems, tried to a jury.
  • Bronco Wine Company v. California: Lead counsel for the plaintiff, a major U.S. wine producer, in a lawsuit challenging, on constitutional grounds, a state statute retroactively restricting the use of certain geographic trademarks. The litigation included two appeals to the California Supreme Court.
  • Clients in the wine and spirits industry include Bronco Wine Company; Sutter Home Winery; The Michael Mondavi Family; Grupo Osborne, S.A.; Fratelli Branca, S.A.; Miguel Torres, S.A.; Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne; Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac; and Institut National des Appellations d’Origine.

Awards

  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell - Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property (2013)
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law

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