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Background

Peter J. Devlin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fish & Richardson, is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm globally. He assumed the firm’s top management position in 2000, and under his leadership Fish has solidified its position as the premier global intellectual property firm. The firm has 12 centrally managed and fully integrated offices across the U.S. and Europe, with over 400 attorneys and technology specialists.

Fish has been named the #1 Patent Litigation Firm for 11 consecutive years by Corporate Counsel magazine, and is frequently called an “IP Litigation Powerhouse.” Fish’s patent practice is also an industry leader, with “Band 1” rankings in the U.S. from Chambers Global 2015. The firm has quickly dominated the new AIA patent office proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and was named the #1 most active law firm at the PTAB in 2014 by Managing Intellectual Property. Under Mr. Devlin’s leadership, Fish has used its market-leading experience in IP to expand into commercial litigation, establishing itself as the firm to trust with important business objectives.

Mr. Devlin has broadened the firm’s pro bono program and expanded its commitment to diversity. The American Lawyer recognized Fish as a “Top Law Firm for Diversity” in its 2014 Diversity Scorecard. In 2014, Fish was designated as a “Best Place to Work” and received the highest possible rating from Human Rights Campaign.

Prior to becoming the firm’s President, Mr. Devlin provided patent, IP licensing, and due diligence services to clients in the electrical and computer technology, medical device, and software industries. He is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and registered to practice before the USPTO.

Education

JD, Suffolk University Law School 1985
magna cum laude


BS, Clarkson College 1980
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Admissions

  • Massachusetts 1985
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office 1985

Other Distinctions

Contributing author, “Inside the Minds: The Innovative Lawyer” (Aspatore Books 2003).

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in 2013, 2014, and 2015, Patent Law and recognized as a 2013 Top Rated – AV® Preeminent™ Lawyers in Intellectual Property Law.

Selected to Super Lawyers Massachusetts, Intellectual Property 2004-2005, 2007, 2010-2013.

IAM 250, The World’s Leading Patent Litigator, 2011.

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