Peter Schmidt is an associate in Mayer Brown's Washington DC office and a member of the Intellectual Property practice. He focuses on the finance, media, and technology industries, advising and representing clients in patent, copyright, and trade secret matters. Peter’s work focuses on cases involving complex technical and financial issues, where he draws on his previous experience both as a software engineer and as a financial consultant for McKinsey and Company. These cases have covered both hardware and software issues in a range of sectors.

Peter has represented clients in a broad range of types and stages of litigation, and has extensive experience in case assessment; complaints and answers; discovery and fact gathering; non-infringement, infringement, invalidity, and validity contentions; claim construction; expert reports; motion practice (including summary judgment and admissibility of evidence); trial; and appeals. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and first in his class from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering; he also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Areas of Focus


  • Represented a streaming media company in multiple copyright suits involving royalty disputes, both before the Southern District of New York and the United States Copyright Royalty Board.
  • Represented navigation system manufacturer in patent infringement lawsuit relating to GPS technology, securing stipulated dismissal based on identified invalidity arguments.
  • Represented airline in patent infringement lawsuit relating to website functionality, securing settlement on favorable terms using non-infringement arguments based on underlying code.
  • Represented a national bank against patent infringement allegations related to financial technology. Achieved stipulated non-infringement after court adopted client's claim construction position.
  • Represented a credit card issuer against patent infringement related to internet security. Obtained summary judgment of invalidity for all asserted patents.
  • Defended an ecommerce company against patent infringement allegations related to web technology. Secured a favorable settlement after presenting opposing counsel with strong evidence of patent invalidity.
  • Consulted with a medical device manufacturer on prospective litigation for newly acquired patents.
  • Defended a retailer against patent infringement allegations related to ecommerce. Obtained a transfer to a court unfavorable to the patent owner, eventually resulting in summary judgment of invalidity for all asserted patents.
  • Advised numerous clients on claims and defenses arising from Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Defend Trade Secrets Act, Copyright Act, and Lanham Act (trademark).


Harvard Law School, JD, magna cum laude

Carnegie Mellon University, MS

Carnegie Mellon University, BS

Harvard Business School, MBA


  • Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia