Peter Toren is a shareholder in the New York office of Anderson Kill and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property, Cyber Law and Criminal Defense practice groups.
Peter is an experienced litigator with over 30 years of experience, who has successfully represented clients in a variety of matters in venues throughout the United States at trial and appellate levels. He has represented clients in patent litigation involving a variety of technologies including computer software and hardware, light emitting diodes, biotechnology, semiconductor manufacturing obtained and fabrication, optics and medical devices as well as business methods. Peter has successfully obtained and defended motions for preliminary injunctions and summary judgment motions involving the Patent Act, Copyright Act, Lanham Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA), and the Economic Espionage Act (“EEA”). He is generally regarded as one of the country’s experts on trade secret law.
Peter also has experience in computer law including cybersecurity and has defended clients criminally charged with computer hacking, trafficking in counterfeit goods and theft of trade secrets. He has also overseen internal investigations for a number of clients involving a variety of subject matters. Finally, Peter is the author of Intellectual Property and Computer Crimes (Full Court Press 2021), and co-author of Defend Trade Secrets Act Handbook (Wolters Kluwer, 2020), and has published over 100 articles on a variety of legal subjects.
Prior to joining Anderson Kill, Peter was a partner at Sidley Austin as well as a Federal Prosecutor with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIP) of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice where he worked for over eight years and served as Acting Deputy Chief. While there, he oversaw a number of high-profile investigations and prosecutions involving criminal copyright including the prosecution of the then largest counterfeit computer software operation in the United States, trafficking in counterfeit goods including for trafficking in counterfeit computer memory modules which resulted in the then largest fine ever assessed for a criminal intellectual property violation, computer hacking and one of the first cases ever tried under the EEA. He was also a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where he represented the United States in dozens of criminal trials. He received Meritorious Achievement Award from the government in 1994 and Special Achievement Awards in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997.
Peter was also an Adjunct Professor of Law on Cyberlaw at Hofstra University.
Recognized in New Your Super Lawyers 2006-2010; Recognized in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
New York Intellectual Property Law Association; New York Bar Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association; American Bar Association; Federal Bar Council; Federal Circuit Bar Association.
Chairman, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) subcommittee on Cybersecurity; Member Board of Governors, University of San Francisco School of Law; Member Advisory Board, BNA’s Internet Law Resource Center; Member Advisory Board, BNA’s Internet Law & Regulation; Member Board of Editors, Internet Law & Strategy; Member Board of Editors, AIPLA Quarterly Law Journal (2006-2009).
Peter was actively involved in pro bono legal matters and has represented an inmate on death row in Alabama. He has also worked with a writer’s advocacy organization in opposing a major settlement involving Google books in New York.