Bradley M. Knepper
During more than 20 years as a patent attorney, Brad has excelled at partnering with clients worldwide to identify innovations and secure protection for those innovations. Clients who work with Brad appreciate his sincere and keen interest in understanding their ideas and the importance of those ideas to their businesses. He identifies protectable aspects of their innovations, accurately presents them in patent documents, and then advocates for them at every step of the patent prosecution and post-issuance process. In addition to global patent preparation and prosecution, Brad works with clients to develop comprehensive intellectual property protection strategies; handle patentability, non-infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate opinions; and develop licensing, transfer, and other intellectual property-related agreements.
Throughout his life, Brad has been interested in learning about technology. Areas in which he is particularly proficient include antennas, optics, photonics, image sensors, LiDAR, spacecraft and related systems, solid-state memory devices, communications and networking systems, composites, software, and mechanical devices. He also has extensive experience with medical devices, telecommunications, cybersecurity, solar power systems, mining systems, fishing tackle, fuel cells, and design patents. He has drafted many hundreds of patent applications and has assisted in obtaining thousands of granted patents. His clients include billion-dollar consumer electronics companies; multi-million-dollar aerospace companies; medium-sized firms providing highly focused product offerings in a variety of spaces; smaller firms; start-ups; and individuals.
In addition to his engineering background and his legal experience, he holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. Brad enjoys collaborating with inventors and leveraging his many years of expertise to ensure that their inventions are properly protected.
Colorado School of Mines (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1998)
University of Colorado School of Law (J.D., 1993)
Goucher College (B.A., Philosophy, 1990)
- Intellectual Property in Employment
- Patent Prosecution
- Patent Search Services
- Trade Secrets and Confidentiality
- Business Methods
- Computer Hardware & Software
- Electrical Engineering
- Green Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1998
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Presentations and Publications:
- Judge: Interdisciplinary Ethics Tech Competition, University of Colorado, February 2018.
- Judge: MedTech Innovators Conference, 2017-2018
- Speaker: “Alumni Connections,” Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association, March 8, 2017
- Speaker, “Patent Strategies to Strike Back Following the ‘Alice Storm’ Aftermath,” The Knowledge Group, August 11, 2016
- Author, “Lessons to Take from Two District Court Denials of Patent Eligibility,” Inside Counsel, March 6, 2015
- Author, “Tips for Patent Prosecution Strategies Post-Alice,” Inside Counsel, Feb. 20, 2015
- Author, “What Are the Practical Applications of the New Patent Eligibility Test?” Inside Counsel, Feb. 6, 2015
- Author, “The New Methods for Drafting Patent Applications Post-Alice,” InsideCounsel, January 23, 2015
- Author, “Practical Considerations for Addressing Patent Eligibility during the Pleading Stage,” InsideCounsel, January 9, 2015
- Author, “Evaluation of Inventions for Patenting and Preparation of Invention Disclosures Post-Alice” InsideCounsel, December 26, 2014
- “Provisional Patents: Cost-Effective Protection?” Law Week Colorado, December 5, 2013.
- Lecturer, “Capturing Innovations in your Company,” 9th Annual Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, June 2011.
- “Four Essential Steps to Preserve Patent Rights.” IEEE GOLD newsletter Gold Rush, December 2010.
- Software Patent Claims get Post-Alice Clarity — Law Week Colorado, Oct. 3, 2016
- Wave Of USPTO Alice Rejections Has Cos. Tweaking Strategies — Law 360, Nov. 2, 2015
Nathan Burkan Memorial Award, University of Colorado, 1993