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We do more than just describe your invention. First we give it breadth. Next we give it life by combining it with the context provided by your business and keeping the protection focused on your business. The result is a patent with real value.
—Brett Klein
 
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Brett A. Klein

Associate
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Education
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
Iowa State University, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1997
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Experience
Brett A. Klein is a patent prosecutor who works to secure patent protection for inventions. Brett’s practice involves preparing and prosecuting patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and offering strategic advice to clients regarding growth and management of their patent portfolios. In addition, Brett has experience in contractual negotiations of intellectual property rights for joint ventures and patent due diligence investigations for corporate transactions.

Brett has experience in a wide array of technologies, including mechanically related inventions, computer-based processes and systems, and business methods. In particular, Brett’s practice includes pursuing patent protection for medical device technologies, construction components and systems, jewelry manufacturing, website processes and systems, wind power technologies, offshore crane and rigging technologies, curtainwall and other building technologies, heavy machinery, autonomous vehicle control systems, cart-moving machines and devices, packaging technologies, and many other technologies.

As an engineer with actual engineering career experience, Brett offers an unmatched ability to read and understand engineering drawings and efficiently wrap inventions into patent applications. Brett understands the value of a patent portfolio and its effect on business transactions subsequent to procuring patent protection. This understanding is woven into the prosecution strategy, providing a reasoned approach to patent protection resulting in a portfolio that protects important aspects of the underlying business and offers valued protection.

In addition to his role as a patent prosecutor, Brett is an adjunct professor for the William Mitchell College of Law Intellectual Property Law Clinic. In his role as an adjunct professor, Brett assists students of the clinic in representing clinic clients interested in protecting their intellectual property. The clinic is a great resource for individuals or small businesses who have great ideas, but may not have the capital to suitably protect the ideas.

Raised in Prior Lake, Minnesota, Brett now lives in Jordan, Minnesota, with his wife and their four children.

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Minnesota
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Honors & Awards

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service, 2014
  • Minnesota Rising Stars, Super Lawyers®, 2013-2014
 
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