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Brennan Swain's legal practice emphasizes patent and trademark law, including prosecution, litigation and client counseling. 

Growing up in a family of engineers, Brennan was immersed from a young age in the engineering world, particularly the mechanical arts. While working regularly in his father's high-tech industrial coatings company in high school and college, he received hands-on experience with the inner workings of industrial machines and engines. After law school, Brennan's first job as a patent attorney also included working as an engineer for a small high-tech company. As a result of this experience, unlike many patent attorneys, Brennan has hands-on experience working as an engineer and in industry.

Now with over 25 years' experience as a patent attorney, Brennan has drafted and/or prosecuted over 1,000 patents and patent applications in the U.S. and around the world, and has helped clients develop and manage large, sophisticated, worldwide patent portfolios. Over time he has developed unique relationships with the U.S. Patent Office Examiners reviewing patent applications he has filed for clients. These relationships often result in faster time from filing to issuance of a patent. Brennan's experience in patent litigation also helps in obtaining strong, defensible patents with broad claims.

Brennan also has significant experience in Patent Trial and Appeal Board post grant proceedings, including filing and successfully completing several Inter Partes Reviews.

In the trademark field Brennan has experience in prosecution, opinions, counseling and portfolio management as well as disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO.

Outside of his law career, Brennan was the winner of the first season of The Amazing Race on CBS Television and also enjoys snowboarding, surfing, bicycling and obstacle course racing.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained patents on behalf of well-known sophisticated global companies in a number of technological fields (both utility patents and design patents) including the following: aerospace, including commercial aircraft interiors, components and systems (e.g., seats, seat shells and seating arrangements, overhead storage bins, lavatories, galleys and other components); medical devices and instruments; sporting goods; fishing equipment; exercise devices and equipment; automotive components and applications; speaker systems; camera systems; acoustic panels; industrial tank systems; footwear and other apparel; internet and mobile phone applications; dispensable cups and lids; bicycle components (e.g., brakes and derailleurs); business methods; heart rate monitors; lighting devices; watches; electronic sensors; packaging; toy and recreational guns and projectile shooters.
  • Drafted hundreds of patents that have been granted in foreign jurisdictions with more stringent drafting requirements than the U.S., such as Europe, China, Russia and Japan.
  • Obtained hundreds of patents for an aerospace industry client that specializes in aircraft interiors, the covered inventions of which are flying on commercial aircraft throughout the world.
  • Prepared and filed Third Party Submissions for a number of clients that were used word-for-word in the Examiner's rejections of competitors' patent applications.
  • Handled multiple Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings, including for world-renowned clients in the bicycle, medical device and computer accessories industries.
  • Filed Reexaminations for clients that resulted in narrowed patent claims for the clients competitors.
  • Provided hundreds of patentability and freedom to operate opinions.
  • Represented a world-renowned cardiologist and inventor in a patent infringement action against Boston Scientific Corp.
  • Litigation support lawyer in Medtronic v. Michelson, in which the client, Dr. Gary Michelson, won $570 million after a multi-month jury trial in Memphis, Tennessee. The case was resolved as part of a $1.35 billion dollar acquisition of the Michelson patent portfolio, which the Los Angeles Times reported as the largest acquisition of patents in history.

J.D., Regent University School of Law

B.S.M.E., Messiah College
cum laude

Bar Admissions U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
State Bar of California
State Bar of New York

Member, American Bar Association, Section on Intellectual Property Law

Member, New York State Bar Association, Section on Intellectual Property Law

American Intellectual Property Law Association


Rod Berman and Brennan Swain, discuss the emerging market for wearable technology, the likelihood of growth in the market, and the issues companies face while protecting this new intellectual property.