Peter Dichiara focuses his practice on obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights, with an emphasis on the electronics, communications, storage and computer industries. He has litigated patents and trade secrets relating to communication systems, computer software, storage systems, digital cameras, electronic security, hard disk drive testing technology, wireless communications, electronic circuits, optoelectronics and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. He has advised clients with regard to post-grant patent proceedings, complex prosecution and portfolio strategy. Mr. Dichiara has provided pro bono services through the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

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Mr. Dichiara was previously employed as a senior hardware engineer and a senior software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he designed CPU and I/O related logic and developed firmware. While working at Digital, he received a patent for one of his circuit designs.


  • Named a 2013–2023 leading practitioner for patent litigation by IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners.
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the areas of intellectual property law and full coverage patent litigation.
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for patent law (2011-2024) and patent litigation (2011-2023).
  • Regularly recognized by Chambers USA Guide in Massachusetts for intellectual property, with sources saying he is "very highly thought of" and has "world-class expertise" and offers "brilliant advice."
  • Named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in the 2004–2005, 2007–2012, 2014–2016 and 2018–2023.
  • Named to Boston Magazine’s inaugural Top Lawyers list in 2022 and 2023 in the area of intellectual property rights.

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  • Education

    • JD, Boston University School of Law, 1993

      cum laude
    • BS, Computer Engineering, Boston University, 1985

      summa cum laude Tau Beta Pi
  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts

    • US Patent and Trademark Office



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