Brian H. Batzli

Partner and Chairman Emeritus
3200 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4755
Contact My Assistant
Karen Nejedly
D: 612.336.4647


William Mitchell College of Law
J.D., cum laude, 1985

University of Minnesota
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1982

Bar and Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Minnesota State Bar
Washington State Bar

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Licensing Executives Society
Minnesota State Bar Association
International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Awards & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2005-2018
IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, Minnesota, 2016-2017
Minnesota's Top Rated Lawyers, by ALM, 2013 
IP Stars by Managing IP 2013-2014

Publications & Speaking

Presenter, MN Inventors Congress, May  2, 2014

At Merchant & Gould Brian centers the firm's branding and direction on one key word: excellence. Under his leadership, Merchant & Gould is focused on providing clients with full spectrum intellectual property legal services that span a variety of industries and technologies. He and firm leadership have positioned Merchant & Gould in coast-to-coast locations with a global presence, recruiting talented attorneys and key employees with an uncompromising commitment to integrity, value, and a deep technical and legal experience.

In his practice, Brian is a trusted adviser in the intellectual property arena with more than twenty years' experience counseling clients on matters relating to software, e-commerce, computer hardware, digital circuit design, and traditional electrical and mechanical technologies. He has broad experience in practice areas including licensing, patent, trademark, computer law, and copyright.

Brian counsels clients on technology innovation issues, patent infringement and validity opinions, licensing, due diligence matters, and contested matters, with the overall goal of helping his clients gain leverage in new and existing markets. He enjoys working with clients who trust him with their legal matters and with whom he can build a long-standing relationship.

Outside of the office, Brian played hockey on an old-timer league before he hurt his knee in a particularly competitive paintball game. He also enjoys running, reading, sailing, golfing, and downhill skiing.


Adjunct professor, Hamline University School of Law
Computer law, intellectual property, and patent law courses


"Merchant & Gould makes its mark in intellectual property law," Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 13, 2014


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Merchant & Gould Welcomes Chris Leonard as New CEO
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that Christopher J. Leonard—managing partner of the firm’s Knoxville, Tennessee, office—will succeed Brian H. Batzli as the CEO, Managing Director, and Chairman of the Board on July 1, 2018.After ...
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Merchant & Gould Listed in IAM Patent 1000
Three Merchant & Gould offices and fourteen individuals were recognized in the IAM Patent 1000 list of “the world’s leading patent professionals” for 2017.In its rankings of firms and individuals, IAM Patent 1000 includes Merchant & ...
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Merchant & Gould Ranked in IAM Patent 1000
Merchant & Gould's patent practice has been recognized in this year's edition of IAM Patent 1000, a publication by Intellectual Asset Management that lists the world’s leading patent professionals. In its 2016 rankings of firms and individuals, ...
Brian Batzli Speaking at 8th Annual Corporate IP Counsel Conference
Brian Batzli, CEO and Managing Partner of Merchant & Gould, will be a featured speaker at the 8th Annual Corporate IP Counsel conference, held March 23-24 in New York City. Brian, along with Burch Harper, VP and Deputy General Counsel of Rambus, will ...
Brian Batzli to lecture on IP at University of Minnesota
Brian Batzli, CEO and Managing Partner of Merchant & Gould, will give a guest lecture on the role of intellectual property at the January 9th session of the University of Minnesota’s Management of Technology course at the Twin Cities campus.
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Launch of Merchant & Gould Japanese Newsletter
To support clients in Japan, Merchant & Gould launched a newsletter series in Japanese. The first edition of this newsletter was a summary of a Supreme Court decision to uphold a rule about patent royalties on expired patents. It was published first in ...
Merchant & Gould makes its mark in intellectual property law
Star Tribune by David Phelps • 612-673-7269As Merchant & Gould approaches its 115th anniversary next year, the Minneapolis firm specializing in patents, trademarks and copyright law has quietly become a leader in the field of intellectual ...
District courts empowered to award fees more often with less chance of reversal, potentially deterring weak cases
LexologyBrian P. McCallTwo U.S. Supreme Court companion cases that issued on April 29, 2014 relaxed the standard for awarding attorney fees and restricted the Federal Circuit’s ability to reverse fee awards. In Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health ...
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Merchant & Gould Announces 2012 Super Lawyers in Minnesota
Anthony R. Zeuli Named Among Top 100 Super Lawyers in Minnesota Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 10 attorneys in its Minneapolis office have been named 2012 Super Lawyers. Brian H. Batzli, Steven C. Bruess, John ...
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16 Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2011 Super Lawyers
Firm Also Recognizes Nine Rising Stars Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 16 of the firm's attorneys are named Super Lawyers in 2011. The attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property law and ...
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26 Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2010 Super Lawyers
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 26 of the firm's attorneys are named Super Lawyers in 2010. The attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property law and IP litigation. Each year, no more than ...
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Merchant & Gould CEO & Managing Director D. Randall King Celebrates 13 Years of Leadership and Growth
Brian Batzli Named New Firm CEO Effective January 1, 2011; King to Remain Chairman of the Board Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today congratulates D. Randall King for his years of steadfast leadership, resulting in the firm's ...
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Twelve Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2006 Super Lawyers by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property and litigation law firm, announced that twelve of the firm's attorneys were recognized as Super Lawyers in the August/September issue of Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.The Super Lawyers selected ...
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Merchant & Gould Named a Top Trademark Filer by NameProtect in Annual Ranking
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce it has been named one of the top trademark law firms in the United States for the third consecutive year by NameProtect . The ranking appears in the annual Name Protect Trademark Insider ® 2004 report, ...
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Brian H. Batzli Elected to Merchant & Gould Executive Committee
Intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould has elected Brian H. Batzli to the firm's executive committee."Our executive committee is chartered with creating the strategic direction of our firm," said D. Randall King, managing director ...