Grant Peters serves as intellectual property law general counsel with a dedication to providing comprehensive tactile counsel for large and middle-market companies seeking to protect, leverage and monetize their creativity and intangible assets. With broad national and international skills, he focuses on IP coordination, development, prosecution, management, protection, licensing and enforcement for companies involved in a wide array markets and technologies.
Grant counsels clients on patent, trademark and copyright prosecution; patent and trademark clearance, validity and infringement opinions; trademark opposition and cancellation; IP due diligence investigations, licensing and audits; and internet issues. His patent prosecution practice involves mechanical, electromechanical, system, business methods and design patents. Grant has filed, prosecuted and secured thousands of patents and trademarks domestically and internationally, and uses that experience to counsel clients on IP strategies, risk management and portfolio design, coordination and management.
Whether Grant is answering a spontaneous question or resolving a difficult problem, he works to provide practical and cost-efficient legal counsel. He is committed to designing solutions that are grounded in what is right for each client’s specific business, needs and budget. Grant is valued by clients and colleagues for his intellectual acuity and ability to navigate the broader landscape of a challenge or obstacle.
Grant strives to serve as a calming force in support of thoughtful, 360-degree problem-solving, and is recognized for his high level of diplomacy and discretion. His in-depth analysis and tireless focus on developing and tailoring client and situation specific solutions is appreciated in his long-term client relationships. These same clients also value Grant’s broad and multifaceted institutional knowledge and memory of their business and technology space.
He has experience and skill as a legal analyst and translator of legalese as applied to technology and other creative innovations. Grant’s diverse industry experiences include: beverage and food technology and branding; aerospace components and systems; human and animal grooming devices and products and their branding; commercial architectural lighting systems, designs and LED applications; retail and hospitality; green tech; sustainable and fair trade products; branding issues for distillers and growers; internet of things devices; and Native American business IP issues.
Prior to practicing law, Grant worked as an engineer and patent specialist for Interand Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of video graphic teleconferencing systems, where he worked as an engineer and an IP liaison. He also worked for Rockwell International Corporation in the areas of commercial and general avionics and printed circuit board design and production. Having worked in-house, Grant has the perspective to understand his client’s daily priorities and is dedicated to being a partner to help manage their risks and cultivate opportunities within their business operations and across the relevant markets.
He is a former adjunct faculty member Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he taught intellectual property law.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law’s Internet of Things Committee
Member, Industrial Designers Society of America
Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Internet of Things Community Group
Member, Licensing Executives Society
Board of trustees member and former vice president, Chicago Sinai Congregation
Member, Chicago Sinai Congregation House Committee, Interfaith Committee, Islamic Relations Group, and Social Action Committee
Former board member, Boy Scouts of America-Chicago Area Council
Former board member, Suzuki-Orff School of Music
Volunteer, Cabrini Green Tutoring, Habitat for Humanity and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy relief projects
Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2006
The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2019