Professional Biography

Peter J. Kinsella Partner

  • Denver

    D +1.303.291.2328

    F +1.303.291.2428

    Denver

    1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1400

    Denver, CO 80202-5255

    +1.303.291.2328

    PKinsella@perkinscoie.com

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Overview

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.

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Ranked by Chambers USA 17 Years in a Row

Ranked by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers

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Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Denver's Top Lawyers by 5280 Denver's Mile High Magazine, 2021
  • Named IAM Global Leader, 2020 - 2021
  • Recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, 2013, 2014, 2016 - 2021
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, 2012 - 2021
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 Denver Technology Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Intellectual Property, 2005 - 2021
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - 2022: Information Technology Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Technology Law
  • Corporate Counsel Black Book, 2007 - 2008 
  • IAM Licensing 250–The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers

Professional Leadership

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • ABA Patent-Trademark and Copyright Section
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Related Employment

  • Faegre & Benson LLP, Denver, CO, Partner

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Professional Biography

Peter J. Kinsella Partner

  • Denver

    D +1.303.291.2328

    F +1.303.291.2428

    Denver

    1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1400

    Denver, CO 80202-5255

    +1.303.291.2328

    PKinsella@perkinscoie.com

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Overview

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 also has significant experience working in the sports industry. He represented Liberty Media Corporation in connection with its purchase of the Atlanta Braves from Time Warner Inc. and represented US WEST in connection with its sponsorship of various sports teams and facilities as well as its association with the United States Olympic Committee and the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Pete has drafted and negotiated a wide variety of sponsorship, promotional, sweepstakes, ticketing, event, and television broadcast arrangements on behalf of teams, sponsors and vendors in the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA and MLS as well as cycling and motor sports teams.

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.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, 2013, 2014, 2016 - present
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, 2012 - present
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 Denver Technology Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Intellectual Property, 2005 - present
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - Present: Information Technology Law; Technology Law
  • Corporate Counsel Black Book, 2007 - 2008 
  • IAM Licensing 250 – The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers

Professional Leadership

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • ABA Patent-Trademark and Copyright Section
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Related Employment

  • Faegre & Benson LLP, Denver, CO, Partner

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1993
  • North Dakota State University, B.S., 1990

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