Peter H. Durant

With more than 30 years of experience, Peter Durant is a trusted advisor to clients seeking to exploit their intellectual property and other business assets.

What do you focus on?

Today I focus on two areas: IP-related business transactions and privacy.

I have represented many clients, ranging from startups to major cancer research centers, in their efforts to license their technologies. I also have represented inventors and universities in the “monetization” of their rights in income streams tied to IP assets. In addition, I work with clients who team or otherwise work with partners to jointly develop technology or to provide services for third parties.

I also work with clients to ensure that their and third-party data are properly protected in business transactions. This includes responding to data breaches; risks assumed in new transactions, e.g., cloud computing; and dealing with the interplay of multiple jurisdictions, e.g., the United States and Europe, on privacy-related matters.

What do you see on the horizon?

Currently, I'm watching the fallout from the Snowden leaks on the tension between privacy and transparency and the conflict in several circuits on “no-challenge” clauses in license agreements.


Peter H. Durant

Senior Counsel


Phone: 585-263-1227

Fax: 585-263-1600

State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D.

University of Rochester, M.B.A.

Wabash College, A.B.

New York

Peter has been recognized in Best Lawyers in 2013 and 2014 for intellectual property litigation. Peter has also received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatingTM from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability. Peter was selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list in 2014 and 2015. His primary areas of practice are intellectual property law and technology transactions law.

Peter is a member of the New York State and Monroe County Bar Associations.

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