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  • Education
    • M.B.A., Oxford University, Saïd Business School, 2013
    • J.D., University of New Hampshire; Franklin Pierce Law Center, 2006
    • B.S., Brown University, 2001, Biology
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • California, 2010
    • Texas, 2008
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2006
Brian McKnight is adept at working with companies to develop patent portfolio strategies that align with companies’ overall visions and plans. Brian drafts, prosecutes and manages patent applications for clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. He often manages large and complex international patent portfolios.  Brian also has a strong interest in early-stage companies, having represented several early-stage clients that have achieved billion-dollar valuations. Additionally, he defends patent owners in contentious litigation-driven reexaminations, post-grant reviews, and inter partes review proceedings. 

While the majority of Brian’s clients are in computer-science and electrical engineering disciplines, he also has significant experience in many other fields, including biotechnology, medical devices, mechanical devices, and designs. 

  • Represented Fortune 100 company, defending a challenge to 5 patents in ex parte reexamination proceedings. All litigated claims were successfully confirmed. 
  • Represented Fortune 500 company, defending a challenge to 13 patents in inter partes reexaminations. We successfully defended all key patents to maintain their validity through trial. 
  • Prosecuted portfolio of one thousand pending patent applications worldwide, for Fortune 100 company. 
  • Drafted and prosecuted a foundational patent for fledgling start up, where a quick allowance of the patent helped the start up to secure initial funding.