Prince Lobel Welcomes Partner Brian A. Tollefson to Intellectual Property Practice Group

Firm News · December 13, 2017

Tollefson will assist clients with patent litigation, prosecution, and review.

Prince Lobel is pleased to announce the addition of partner Brian A. Tollefson to our Intellectual Property Practice Group.  Tollefson is an accomplished practitioner who has experience in all areas of intellectual property prosecution and litigation, as well as in mediation and dispute resolution.  He has handled intellectual property acquisition, monetization, and enforcement and has also provided clients assistance with opinion matters regarding essentiality, due diligence, validity, and infringement.

Tollefson has extensive experience trying cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in federal district courts.  He has handled hundreds of patent applications, both domestically and abroad, and has appeared numerous times before the USPTO, conducting reissue and reexaminations proceedings, appeals, examiner interviews, and petitions to the Director.  Tollefson is also a veteran conductor of AIA post grant, inter partes, and business method patent reviews.  He routinely handles high-stakes cases in the retail electronics, financial services, and software industries, among others.  In addition, he is also skilled in patent portfolio mapping, auditing, and valuation and in matters involving e-discovery and forensic sciences.

Aside from his intellectual property work, Tollefson has assisted clients with transactional matters involving licenses, mergers, and joint ventures.  He has also worked on various development and business documents such as negotiation, drafting, and enforcement agreements.  He has a particular knowledge of the financial services industry and is a regular speaker at financial conferences, such as the annual Patents for Financial Services Summit.

“We are delighted to have Brian joining our Intellectual Property team,” said Managing Partner Craig M. Tateronis.  “He complements our practice through his vast experience in successfully navigating Patent Office proceedings and because of his ability to leverage his electrical engineering background to service clients seeking both to prosecute and litigate patents.  His varied skill set will make him a powerful asset in protecting our clients’ intellectual property and innovations.”

“I am overjoyed for the opportunity to bring my practice to Prince Lobel,” said Tollefson.  I think the already strong IP team has amazing potential for growth.  I hope that my patent expertise and leadership can help bolster and guide that growth.”

Before attending law school, Tollefson worked as a software engineer and project manager for a large private company, overseeing multimillion-dollar systems upgrades and replacements.  He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and his J.D. from the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law.