Intellectual Property; Trademark, Copyright, & Advertising


Peter Willsey is a Partner in the Firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group and the Global Chair of the Trademark, Copyright, & Advertising Practice Group, based out of the Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on the selection of company and product names, the development of comprehensive trademark and branding strategies, and formulating strategic approaches for the licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Peter is ranked in Chambers USA for Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets in the District of Columbia. The 2021 Guide states that he "has great communication skills and his background and experience allow him to provide spot-on advice" and is "very clear, to the point and takes specific approaches in trying to assess a complicated trademark matter."



In recent years, Peter has worked on the following types of matters:

Advised emerging startups in the technology sector looking to select new product names and logos to established consumer products companies with significant brand protection and enforcement needs.

Counsels clients on internet, domain name and copyright issues.

Handled trademark and copyright litigation matters in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Managed and oversaw domestic and foreign trademark prosecution efforts, and he counsels clients on internet, domain name and copyright issues.


University of Richmond School of Law – J.D., McNeill Honor Society, 1993
University of Virginia – B.A., Economics, 1988

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Speaking Engagements
Panelist, "IP Careers in Entertainment," Georgetown Law Technology Review & Georgetown Law Sports, Entertainment, and Media Society (November 2020)
Awards and Honors
Chambers USA, Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets, District of Columbia, 2021
World Trademark Review, WTR 1000, Trademark Enforcement and Litigation, 2020-2021
World Trademark Review, WTR 1000, Trademark Prosecution and Strategy, 2020-2021
Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star, 2020-2021
Who's Who Legal, Trademarks, 2020
The Legal 500 US, Intellectual Property – Trademarks: litigation, 2012-2018
The Legal 500 US, Intellectual property – Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing), 2012-2018
Super Lawyers, Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Washington, D.C., 2012-2013