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Peter Harvey


Peter Harvey is a founding partner of Harvey Siskind LLP in San Francisco. His practice emphasizes trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secrets, and unfair competition litigation in U.S. federal courts. He also advises on IP rights clearance, registration and management. He has assisted clients in a wide variety of industries, including athletic footwear, banking, computer hardware and software, food, wine, motor vehicles, music and video, paper products, semiconductors, publishing, and communications, including high-technology businesses headquartered on the West Coast.

Mr. Harvey’s more significant cases include representing an Italian motor scooter manufacturer against a former Indian licensee selling infringing copies of the scooter (Piaggio & C.S.p.A. v. Bajaj Auto, Ltd.); securing a defense verdict following a jury trial against a Canadian creator of classical music products for children, and its U.S.-based distributor, in a trademark infringement action (Mavrides v. Hammond); defending a trademark infringement action brought by Jacques Cousteau and The Cousteau Society against Mr. Cousteau’s son arising out of the latter’s use of the Cousteau name in connection with a luxury eco-resort in the Fiji Islands (The Cousteau Society v. Post Ranch); and securing an injunction on behalf of an internet infrastructure firm against trademark infringement by a competitor (Inventa Corporation v. U.S. Web Corporation).

Mr. Harvey is listed in Who’s Who Legal as a recognized international expert in trademark law and has been honored among Northern California Superlawyers for the past several years.  He is active in the International Trademark Association (INTA). He serves on INTA’s Distinguished Panel of Neutrals, which offers alternative dispute resolution services in intellectual property related matters.  He was an INTA board member in 1994-1996 and has chaired several INTA committees, including the International, Forums, Meetings and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees.  In 2008-2009, he served as INTA’s Counsel.  He is a member of the American Bar Association and has chaired its Intellectual Property Law Section subcommittees on the federal trademark dilution law and the right of publicity.  Since 2001, Mr. Harvey has taught Entertainment and Media Law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Mr. Harvey is a frequent speaker and widely-published author. With Seth Appel, he published “Shoot First and Ask Questions Later?  The Impact of MedImmune v. Genentech on Declaratory Judgment Actions in Trademark Disputes,” 100 Trademark Reporter 1147 (2010).  He presented “Secondary Liability for Online Sale of Counterfeits:  Interests, Policies, Proof and Best Practices,” at the J. Thomas McCarthy Institute Symposium on The Brand as Property, San Francisco, California, November 2009;“Trademark Ethics: Prosecution, Policing, Pretexting and Foreign Practice,” at the International Congress of AIPPI, Boston, Massachusetts, September, 2008; and. “Trademarks, Celebrities, and the Good Deed:  Using Celebrity Branding for the Public Good” at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, August, 2007.

Mr. Harvey graduated from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences and Yale Law School. He has practiced law in San Francisco since 1972. Contact Peter Harvey at