Merchant & Gould Adds Three Attorneys, Expands Firm’s Global Perspective

November 13, 2013

Merchant & Gould, a leading intellectual property law firm, announced today that Brian P. Wallenfelt, Lotta K. Breyer and Sangki Park have joined the firm’s headquarters in Minneapolis.

Wallenfelt focuses on patent prosecution in the electrical and mechanical arts. Prior to his legal career, he served in various engineering and management roles at multiple technology and medical device companies, ranging in maturity from early-stage startup to established multinational. He is a prolific inventor with more than 20 patents filed and 17 issued. Wallenfelt, who also holds degrees in computer engineering and science, is an award-winning summa cum laude graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, where he served as executive editor of its Law Review.

Breyer, a native of Finland, holds a degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Helsinki and a law degree with an intellectual property concentration from the University of Minnesota. Breyer comes to Merchant & Gould with more than eight years of industry experience in biofuels and bioproducts; her roles in the corporate sector included research scientist, laboratory manager and intellectual property manager. She applies this client-side perspective in her practice of general intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent prosecution.

Park, a South Korean native, holds a B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Seoul National University and a law degree from Washington University School of Law. He practices intellectual property law with an emphasis in the mechanical and electrical arts. Park is fully qualified and registered as a South Korean patent attorney, having successfully represented several multinational companies before the South Korean Intellectual Property Office and Patent Court.

“These three attorneys, each bring a unique mix of practical and legal experience. They significantly add to Merchant & Gould’s comprehensive depth and range.” said Brian Batzli, Managing Director and CEO of Merchant & Gould. “I am confident that each will provide top end legal services and value to our clients.”