Peter prepares, prosecutes, and manages extensive patent and trademark portfolios on behalf of companies and academic institutions located throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. His clients include academic and governmental research institutions; Global 1000 manufacturing, chemical, and pharmaceutical companies; emerging and developing biotechnology and small molecule pharmaceutical companies; and medical technology companies.
Peter’s cases involve pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, biotechnology, medical devices, and other mechanical and electromechanical innovations. He regularly provides opinions on issues of patent infringement and validity.
Peter has been quoted on intellectual property issues in publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and American Lawyer.
According to the editors of IAM Magazine in its "Patent 1000" publication, “Peter Corless is a staunch global patent and brand protector for his corporate and university clients, including many prestigious names...Peter is a dazzling chemist who is passionate about the science.”
Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner in the Boston office of another international law firm, where he served as co-chair of the firm’s patent procurement practice. Peter is also an inventor on US Patent 4,977,173 “Aminomethyl Oxooxazolidinyl Ethenylbenzene Derivatives Useful As Antibacterial Agents,” which covers predecessor development compounds to Pfizer's oxazolidinone antibacterial Zyvox, now in clinical use. Before law school, he pursued graduate studies in chemistry while employed as a synthetic organic chemist in a drug discovery group of E.I. DuPont de Nemours Co., Medical Products Department (later the DuPont Pharmaceutical Company and now merged with Bristol-Myers Squibb).
- Boston College (JD)
- Johns Hopkins University (BA, Chemistry)
- Obtained patents that have yielded hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties as well as provided the basis for acquisitions and private and public financings of companies located throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe
- Drafted and prosecuted patent applications covering pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device products that are currently in Phase II and III trials as well as in approved clinical use in the United States and abroad
- Handled numerous inter partes reviews
- Represented both opponents and patentees in numerous oppositions in Europe, Japan, and Australia
Recognition & Awards
- IAM Patent 1000 World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2016 – 2021)
- Managing Intellectual Property: Patent star - Massachusetts (2014 – 2021)
- Best Lawyers in America: Patent Law (2015 – 2022)
- Named among Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014
- Hailed as “a lawyer with a keen eye for detail and an understanding of what is commercially critical to his clients” by Intellectual Asset Management, IAM Patent 1000 World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2014)
- Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Health Care: Life Sciences (2016)
- Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
- Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list (2004 – 2020)
- Advisory Council Member, Johns Hopkins Medicine Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
- Past president, Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA)
- Past co-chair, BPLA Amicus Committee
- Past chair, BPLA Chemical Patent Practice Committee
- Past director, Wellesley Youth Wrestling Program
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Boston Patent Law Association
- Member, Licensing Executives Society
- Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Member, American Chemical Society
- Member, Association of University Technology Managers