Peter B. Goldman

Peter Goldman

Keeping You In the Marketplace and Out of Court.

I practice both commercial and intellectual property law (IP).

My work in commercial law focuses on startups. I work with established businesses too. I try to help entrepreneurs turn good ideas into self-sustaining businesses.

IP helps give a business its competitive edge. IP can be a food recipe, a new strain of crop seed, the shape of a wine bottle, the layout of a retail store – think Apple – or a special formula of livestock feed. IP is definitely not just for high-tech businesses though I represent them too.

I am a registered patent attorney but I do much more than write patents.  I work in concert with my clients to create value. I advise them on how best to match their long-term goals with the realities of the marketplace.  My goal for my clients is to keep them in the marketplace and out of the courts.

Social justice matters to me. I devote a significant amount of pro bono time to these issues, most recently on behalf of victims of domestic abuse.

My interests are books, indigenous woven art from the Southwest, especially Navajo blankets, and from the Northeast, especially Wabanaki baskets. I am an avid cyclist and hiker.

Distinctions (selected)

  • Harvard University Frederick Sheldon Fellow
  • Guggenheim Fellow
  • Former Professor of Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies, Syracuse University

Bilingual  Spanish, English

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