Elizabeth A. Peters is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Chicago and Grand Rapids offices. As a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, Ms. Peters focuses her practice on a variety of complex intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent and trademark protection matters, and intellectual property transactions.
With experience in intellectual property litigation, Ms. Peters has represented clients in legal actions across the United States. She has litigated intellectual property cases involving a wide array of technologies, including polymeric packaging films, compounding and processing systems, automotive components, and electromechanical and mechanical consumer goods. Previously an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Ms. Peters also has experience working in the mobile communications and computer industry, and has been involved in various matters before administrative agencies such as the International Trade Commission and the Court of Federal Claims.
Ms. Peters also represents and counsels clients in patent and trademark procurement and freedom to operate analyses. Her practice involves clearance and patentability analyses, invalidity and infringement opinions, and national and international patent prosecution responsibilities. Ms. Peters is also responsible for the development and maintenance of large, complex patent portfolios for her clients.
Having participated in BT ValueWorks’ Legal Project Management (LPM) training, Ms. Peters employs LPM techniques to enhance value for clients.
In addition to being admitted to practice in the state of Illinois, Ms. Peters is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the Court of Federal Claims. She is a member of the Illinois Bar Association.
Active in the Chicago community, Ms. Peters is a presenter/organizer for various events directed at Chicago start-up businesses, as chairperson of the Village of Riverside's Economic Development Commission and as a committee member of Chicago Women in Intellectual Property. She is also a member of the firm’s Personnel and Associate committee and the Legal Recruiting committee.
Ms. Peters received her B.S., with distinction, in industrial engineering from Purdue University. She earned her J.D., with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Ms. Peters is not regularly admitted to practice in the state of Michigan.