Peter S. Selness

150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4715
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Abigail Krueger
D: 612.371.5228

Peter is an intellectual property attorney at Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis office with experience in renewable energy, chemistry, and biotechnology. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution and litigation, ensuring his clients receive the strategic advice they need to make the most of their patents.

Delivering Value Through Strategic Patent Representation

As an inventor, you get one chance to put forth a spectacular patent application for an invention. You must get that patent application right the first time. Moreover, there is so much more to a patent than simply an application. You need to know how to monetize that patent and what steps you’re willing to take to enforce it.

As your IP attorney, Peter is here to help you craft a strong patent strategy that considers all aspects of your patent. He’ll help you finesse your application so you’re putting your best foot forward. He’ll help you understand the options you have once you bring your patented invention to market, and the steps you need to take to protect your patent from infringement.

Offering Support Beyond the Patent

For Peter, what matters most is ensuring your patents support your business. He stands ready as your strategic advisor to help you understand how your latest patent fits within your overarching IP portfolio and how you can use that patent to further future business growth.

Your patent strategy matters. Peter will ensure you have one that fits your immediate goals and long-term business objectives.

Active Both In & Outside of Work

Peter is never still at work. He’s always digging deeper, seeking to uncover those special nuggets of information that will help put his clients in their best position.

Peter is also active outdoors whenever time allows. Some favorite outdoor pastimes include mountain biking, golfing, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. Speaking of active, here are a couple fun facts about Peter: he’s a black belt in karate and worked on a dairy farm growing up.


University of Minnesota School of Law
J.D. 2018 magna cum laude, 
Intellectual Property and Technology Concentration
Minnesota Journal of Law Science and Technology
   Lead Note and Comment Editor

Gustavus Adolphus College
B.A. Chemistry 2015


Minnesota State Bar, 2018
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2019

Awards & Recognition

Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law

Publications & Speaking


Personalized Medicine, Mayo, and the Uncertain Future of Integrated Health Care, Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology (18 Minn. J.L. Sci. & Tech. 788) (2017).