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Peter A. Cummings

Partner

Education

Michigan State University College of Law, J.D.
  • Merit Scholar
  • International Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Intellectual Property Law Society, Vice President
Michigan State University, B.S.
  • with honors
  • Engineering

Prior Employment

  • Gardner, Linn, Bukhart & Flory LLP, Associate, 2015-2018
  • Price Heneveld LLP, Associate, 2012-2015
  • Zimmerman, Kuhn, Darling, Boyd & Quandt, PLC, Associate, 2011-2012

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Michigan Intellectual Property Association

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section

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Overview

Peter Cummings is an intellectual property attorney with over a decade of experience in protecting new technologies and products in global markets. He is passionate about helping clients merge intellectual property strategies with business objectives in evolving competitive landscapes.

His practice focuses on providing strategic counsel and guidance on domestic and foreign patent procurement strategies and patent portfolio management. He also advises clients on patentability and freedom-to-operate issues as well as transactional matters involving the development, use, and ownership of intellectual property assets.

  • Represents clients in a wide range of mechanical and electromechanical technologies, including automotive components and control systems, surgical robotics and medical devices, consumer electronics, metal forming and composite processing, concrete formwork, and athletic equipment
  • Serves a variety of clients including privately held multinational corporations and technology driven companies, and has particular experience advising clients in the automotive, medical, and manufacturing industries
  • Prepares and prosecutes utility and design patent applications to optimize worldwide protection coverage, while balancing timing and cost constraints
  • Evaluates patent landscapes to identify protection opportunities, competitors, and potential infringers
  • Advises on freedom-to-operate issues for new products and services, including collaborative design-around counseling
  • Conducts due diligence reviews of intellectual property portfolios for M&A transactions
  • Drafts and counsels clients on joint development agreements, licensing agreements, and various other forms of commercial and technology agreements that involve intellectual property

Experience

  • Presently serves as an IP advisor to multiple international Tier 1 suppliers on patent and trademark portfolio development and management matters, including obtaining several patents in key product technologies to strategically expand their patent portfolios
  • Drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications and manages filing, prosecution, and maintenance of international patent families
  • Represented a venture-backed, medical device company through a complex patent clearance on a miniaturized surgical robot for abdominal surgical procedures
  • Assisted in defending several oppositions to related European patents that were part of a multi-venue patent enforcement dispute
  • Prepared and successfully prosecuted a family of patents on an industrial vehicle suspension system to issuance for enforcement against an infringer within one year from the initial application filing date
  • Conducted clearance evaluations and prosecuted patent applications on cutting-edge technologies for a Fortune 100 automotive company, including significant work on adjustable seating assemblies and semiautonomous vehicle navigation control systems
  • Prepared and prosecuted patent applications on water filtration and ice making devices for home appliance products of a Fortune 500 company
  • Prior to becoming an attorney, worked as an engineering intern at John Deere in the Harvester Works factory on manufacturing audit software along with other mechanical engineering and supply management projects

Community

  • Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School, Youth Sports Coach

Honors

  • Grand Rapids Magazine Top Lawyers, 2019