简介

Brian Lefort practices intellectual property law and is admitted as both a U.S. patent attorney and English solicitor, thereby providing clients a unique trans-Atlantic perspective and delivering value-added service through the firm's Colorado and London offices. He provides multijurisdictional counsel and strategies relating to intellectual property portfolios, transactions, and disputes, including inter partes review and post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office and oppositions at the European Patent Office. Brian works with a range of clients — from emerging companies to established businesses — in a variety of industries, with particular experience in the medical technology space.

Patent & Trademark Portfolio Creation

Brian utilizes his dual-jurisdictional admissions, along with his distinctive blend of in-house and patent litigation experience, to obtain robust international patents and develop strategies that protect companies’ products and core technologies in the global marketplace. He advises clients in a variety of industries, including medical devices, food and agriculture, software, telecommunications and aerospace. Brian also counsels clients on how to select and defend trademarks as part of an international branding strategy.

Freedom-to-Operate/Competitive Landscape

Brian partners with clients to perform U.S. and European patent landscapes and infringement analysis during the client’s product development process. He identifies legal risks associated with incorporating new technologies as products move from development to commercialization. He also develops design-around options and risk mitigation strategies and renders non-infringement and invalidity opinions. Additionally, Brian works with business development departments to identify prospective intellectual property assets for licensing or acquisition.

Due Diligence

Brian conducts intellectual property evaluations and product infringement analysis for clients pursuing a merger, an acquisition of new products, and/or licensing of technology. He works to ensure that clients understand the intellectual property value and risks associated with the transfer of assets. He also performs intellectual property due diligence for investors considering investing in technology-based start-ups.

Technology Transactions

Brian drafts and negotiates patent licenses, technology transfer agreements, research and development agreements and other IP-related agreements.

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Brian was vice president, chief intellectual property counsel for a division of a major multinational medical device company, where he managed all of the intellectual property assets including patent prosecution, product clearance and litigation for numerous medical device product lines.

资质

执业资格

New York
Massachusetts
Connecticut
Colorado
European Patent Office
England & Wales
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

出庭资格

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

教育

Suffolk University Law School
J.D. cum laude (1997)

University of Massachusetts
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude (1990)

见解和活动

其他角度
  • R&D Workshop: Benefits of Early Awareness of Intellectual Property Landscape in Medical Device
    Co-presenter with Ryan Duebner, Colorado BioScience Association, Boulder, Colorado, February 2017 
  • Developments in European Intellectual Property Law
    Co-author, IP Book 2017
  • Developments in European Intellectual Property Law
    Co-author, IP Book 2016
  • Intellectual Property and FDA Considerations for Biotechnology and Medical Device Projects
    Co-presenter with Lee Tumminello and Peter Schlueter, Medical Alley Association, Golden Valley, Minnesota, February 2016
  • R&D Workshop: Intellectual Property and FDA Considerations for Biotechnology and Medical Device Projects
    Co-presenter with Jason Sapsin and Peter Schlueter, Colorado BioScience Association, Boulder, Colorado, October 2015
  • Intellectual Property Portfolio Management Strategies for Product Development
    Co-presenter, LifeScience Alley Product R&D Series, Minneapolis, March 2015
  • Developer Patent Summit
    Application Developers Alliance, Boulder, Colorado, August 2013
  • Developer Patent Summit
    Application Developers Alliance, Boulder, Colorado, August 2013

领导力和社区

职业协会

  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
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