Steven C. Bruess

Partner
Minneapolis
3200 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4711
Contact My Assistant
Tracy Vucinovich
D: 612.766.6089

Education

Indiana University
J.D., cum laude, 1989

University of Michigan
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, 1986

Bar and Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1990
Minnesota State Bar, 1989

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
Minnesota State Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Professionals, Minnesota, 2017
Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2005-2017

Steve enjoys working with companies that value intellectual property as a strategic asset, committing budget dollars on research, development, and product invention. He sees his role as giving his clients a competitive advantage in the global marketplace with a combination detail-oriented and big picture focus on their intellectual property goals.

Steve practices Intellectual Property law with an emphasis on mechanical patents. His practice includes all phases of patent portfolio management, including U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, patent searches, validity and infringement opinions, technology transfers, and licensing. On behalf of his clients, Steve has handled patent appeals, reexaminations, and reissue applications at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He has extensive experience in strategic planning and managing large U.S. and foreign patent portfolios.

Steve is a member of Merchant & Gould's Foreign Filing Department, which files and oversees all foreign patent applications for the firm's clients, including applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Previously, he served as Chair of the Mechanical Group for six years.


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6/6/17
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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7/18/12
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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8/22/11
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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7/26/10
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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8/1/06
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 ...