Peter Nichols has been practicing patent law for more than 25 years. He currently focuses his work on patent prosecution, patent office contentious proceedings, counseling, and opinions. He has experience in a broad range of subject areas, including chemicals, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, wearable technology, green technology, electronics, and mechanical technologies. He also has previous patent litigation experience that adds significant depth to his current practice.
Peter’s patent prosecution work includes direct and supervisory responsibility for the preparation and prosecution of United States utility and design applications, and foreign and PCT patent applications. He also represents clients in ex parte and inter partes reexaminations in the U.S. Patent Office and in opposition proceedings before the Australian Patent Office, the Chilean Patent Office, and the European Patent Office. Peter’s counseling experience includes proactive strategic advice with respect to the development, creation, and management of patent portfolios.
Representing leading companies in sectors as diverse as consumer electronics, power tools, mining equipment, household goods, nutritional supplements, and cosmetics, Peter is known for his deep understanding of his clients’ business operations. His strategic counsel is informed by the real-world business risks faced by his clients. Peter is always thinking forward on behalf of his clients, advising them on how case law might affect patent procurement strategies or their existing valuable portfolios, and keeping abreast of future changes.