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Brett A. Klein

I’m in my element sitting across the table from an inventor talking about a new technology.

My Approach

I represent my clients as both an experienced engineer and a lawyer when analyzing their technologies and preparing patent applications. I worked as an engineer for seven years before law school, which gives me the ability to listen critically, read, and understand engineering concepts first, and then turn on my lawyer brain to efficiently and effectively wrap inventions into patent applications.

I enjoy working closely with my clients and their inventors to capture their inventions, and helping them understand the value of their patent portfolios to best position them for protection. I partner with clients to develop a strategy with their business realities and goals in mind, in addition to their patent portfolios.

In addition to my work as a patent prosecutor, I am an adjunct professor for the Mitchell Hamline Intellectual Property Law Clinic, where I advise students 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, and helps students gain experience, to grow the next generation of patent prosecutors.

Outside of work, I spend time with my wife and four kids, and we enjoy going up north to fish, water ski and snow ski. I also enjoy doing home projects at home and at the cabin including a four-season room, and lately it seems I’ve been remodeling a lot of bathrooms.

A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career

I was at a client site, looking at and learning about their water pasteurization technology. We were discussing technical details back and forth, and I was asking questions to make sure I understood the nuances. The engineer, who had earned his Ph.D. in engineering was in the middle of answering one of my questions when he literally stopped mid-sentence to interject: “Hey, you really get this.” It was one of the first times that I realized how valuable it was to clients that I really could think and speak engineer, and discuss their technologies at their level of understanding.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2013-2017

MSBA North Star Lawyer

Pro Bono Service, 2013

Associations & Memberships

William Mitchell College of Law Intellectual Property Law Clinic

Adjunct professor