Nixon Peabody has lost a dear colleague and friend, Peter Wied. He was an excellent patent litigator with a remarkable reputation and a strong practice, primarily representing Taiwanese electronics manufacturers in patent disputes.
Peter instantly became a critical part of our IP team after joining the firm in 2018. Despite his soft-spoken demeanor, he was known across the firm because of his brilliant lawyering and his kind, gracious approach to clients and colleagues. Peter was an integral member of the NP team representing the University of California (UC) in a first-of-its-kind direct patent enforcement campaign against an entire industry to protect UC’s rights in the reinvention of the light bulb by a Nobel laureate–led research group at UC Santa Barbara.
One of Peter’s proudest career accomplishments was when he successfully represented Quanta Computer in a case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court (Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc., 553 U.S. 617 (2008)). The Quanta matter was a seminal case in patent law, involving the doctrine of patent exhaustion.
Peter was a terrific colleague who was always there to lend a hand. He will be remembered for being a strong and caring person with a huge and consistent smile. He will be sorely missed.