Peter Burns

Of Counsel

I'm focused on achieving commercial results from outsourcing and transactions involving the acquisition, development and commercialization of technology.

Peter Burns focuses on domestic and international intellectual property and technology-related transactions, with an emphasis on structuring and negotiating deals involving business process and information technology outsourcing, clean technology, Software as a Service, OEM, VAR and other distribution arrangements and other technology-related matters. He represents emerging to multinational public companies in the renewable energy, wireless communications, semiconductor, internet, banking, software, services and hardware industries. He also counsels clients on the intellectual property aspects of strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and financings. 

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  • Byju’s Agrees to Acquire Tynker to Continue US Expansion 

  • India-Based Edtech Company Byju’s Acquires Epic 

  • BookheadEd Agrees to Sell to Weld North Education 

  • Orca Bio Raises $192 Million Series D to Transform Allogenic Cell Therapy 

  • Cooley Guides b8ta on Key Transactions 

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  • UC Hastings College of the Law
    JD, cum laude, 2000

  • University of San Francisco
    MA, East Asian Studies

  • Tufts University
    BA, History and Psychology

Admissions & Credentials



  • American Bar Association - Intellectual Property Law Section

  • American Bar Association - Section of Science and Technology Law

  • Licensing Executives Society

Rankings & Accolades

    Legal 500: Technology Transactions