Bradley Thorson’s practice with Patterson Thuente encompasses all aspects of intellectual property portfolio management, including U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution, patent opinions, and litigation and litigation alternatives. Brad is skilled in assessing clients’ intellectual property portfolios and counseling them on designing strategies that attain business objectives.
Brad’s practice is also distinguished by his extensive patent reissue and reexamination experience. He has represented both third-party requestors and patent owners in reexamination proceedings for more than three dozen U.S. patents, including nine inter partes reexaminations. Those proceedings have included diverse technologies, including semiconductor manufacturing products, medical devices, building components, and farm machinery.
Brad is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Minnesota. Prior to pursuing a legal career, he worked as an engineer and construction industry regulator, developing technical codes and standards related to the design of buildings and building systems at the state and national levels. He also worked as a mechanical systems designer and energy conservation researcher.
Entegris, Inc. v. NEC Corp. and Sumitoomo Corp. — Represented third-party requester Entegris in inter partes reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,357,595 directed to trays for ball-grid array semiconductor chips. All claims rejected after appeal by patent owner.
Cardiac Science Inc. v. Defibtech LLC — Represented third-party requester Cardiac Science in inter partes reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,577,102 directed to a medical device battery system with a secondary power supply. Reexamination certificate issued with all claims of the patent cancelled.
Rockwood Retaining Walls v. Anchor Wall Systems — Represented third-party requester Rockwood in inter partes reexamination of 15 U.S. patents directed to concrete retaining wall blocks. Inter partes reexamination certificates were issued with all claims statutorily disclaimed by the patent owner and one patent with 30 claims cancelled and 20 confirmed as patentable. Ex parte reexamination certificates issued for 10 patents with one patent having all claims statutorily disclaimed, six patents with claims cancelled and/or amended, and four patents with all claims confirmed.
Benson Medical Instruments v. Diagnostic Group — Represented third-party requester Benson Medical in inter partes reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,644,120 and ex parte reexamination of related U.S. Patents 5,811,681 and 6,416,482 directed to computer controlled audiometers, all of which were asserted against Benson Medical in co-pending litigation. Reexamination certificates were issued canceling all claims of all three patents.
Seasonal Specialties v Fiber Optic Design — Represented third-party requester Seasonal Specialties in inter partes reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,830,358 directed to LED light strings. Currently on appeal at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences with all claims standing rejected.