Partner Peter Kinsella focuses his practice on advising startup, emerging and large companies on intellectual property, technology, licensing and transaction matters. Pete also has extensive experience working with those in the sports industry on naming rights, licensing and sponsorship agreements. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Pete was a partner with Faegre & Benson LLP. Prior to that, he worked in various legal capacities with Qwest Communications International Inc. (formerly US WEST Inc.) in Denver, Colorado and Honeywell Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Pete offers extensive experience structuring and negotiating domestic and international agreements in the areas of cloud & SaaS services, Internet of Things (IoT), outsourcing, product development, software development, technology transfer, consulting services, telecommunications, data sharing, complex procurement arrangements, product distribution and sales, contract manufacturing, OEM and ODM arrangements, marketing and advertising services, content creation and distribution, corporate sponsorships, and various types of patent, trademark and copyright licenses. Pete regularly handles intellectual property issues in public and private company mergers and acquisitions. The value of several of these transactions has exceeded one billion dollars. He also has significant international experience, including in holding company, transfer pricing, export control and international distribution issues.
Pete has been materially involved in high profile intellectual property disputes in a variety of industries, including the telecommunications, semiconductor, computer networking, automotive, clean-tech and health sciences industries. In 2005, he wrote significant portions of the appeal brief filed on behalf of AWH Corporation in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit en banc proceedings, Phillips v. AWH Corporation, concerning the procedures that should be used to determine patent claim construction. Most recently, Pete successfully represented a third-party semiconductor tooling manufacturer in a government ITC investigation seeking to ban the importation of hard drives into the United States.
As a registered patent attorney, Pete counsels clients on patent matters, including, infringement, validity, and pre-litigation issues. While at US WEST Inc. he was responsible for managing over 1500 trademark applications and registrations in 62 countries and all trademark opposition and litigation proceedings.