Brad seeks to provide clients with creative solutions that not only resolve the immediate issues, but are also forward looking so as to consider potential pitfalls down the road.
Brad’s practice primarily focuses on drafting and shepherding patent applications through the United States Patent Office, specifically in the mechanical arts. He also performs patentability searches, clearance searches, as well as regularly providing design-around guidance. In addition, Brad routinely aids clients in pursuing intellectual property rights in a variety of different foreign jurisdictions. Finally, Brad also has extensive experience in intellectual property enforcement and complex patent portfolio management.
Since becoming registered with the United States Patent Office in 2011, Brad has had the joy of working with a variety of different clients, from solo inventors to large companies, in a wide variety of industries. For example, he has experience working with technologies including heavy machinery, agricultural equipment, bicycle components, hydraulic systems, plumbing products, security products, power generation equipment, firearms and accessories, and telecommunications equipment, among others. Some of the representative clients that Brad works with range from Vermeer Manufacturing, Kwickset Locks, Pfister Faucets, Onyx Racing Products, Generac Power Systems, CommScope Inc., H.B. Fuller, QA1 Precision Products, and Eaton Corporation.
Before joining Merchant & Gould, Brad grew up in a small community in southwest Iowa and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. Brad earned his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, and authored an article in the Cybaris® Intellectual Property Law Review titled, “An E-Discovery Model Order: Saving the Golden Goose of Patent Litigation One Golden Egg at a Time.”
In his free time, Brad enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle filled with more hobbies than he knows what to do with. Brad appreciates the mental and physical benefits of bicycle riding and is a year-round bike commuter as well as a passionate mountain bike rider. Whether it’s woodworking, tinkering with electronics, or attempting to fix his motorcycle, Brad also welcomes any opportunity to work with his hands.
Brad is also a volunteer attorney for the Children’s Law Center, helping to represent youth in the Minnesota foster care system.