Clients look to Brent for help obtaining patent protection for their innovations as well as avoiding infringement of competitors’ products. Armed with a background in mechanical engineering, Brent has particular experience in the following product categories:

  • Power/hand tools
  • Mining equipment
  • Motor vehicles
  • Commercial cleaning/vacuum systems
  • Outdoor power equipment
  • Fluid pumps and hydraulic systems
  • Office furniture
  • Athletic equipment
  • Masking devices
  • Garments/clothing
  • Printing devices


Brent’s recent engagements include:

  • Successful prosecution of a motor vehicle patent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Preparation of invalidity/noninfringement opinions for a manufacturer of consumer power tools. These projects involve ongoing analyses of products under development to determine intellectual property strategy regarding the client’s competitor, and close coordination with the client’s product development team to align strategy with business goals.
  • Successful prosecution of a mining equipment patent in multiple jurisdictions before the USPTO, including multiple patent grants in several jurisdictions.
  • Ongoing patent protection and infringement investigation regarding commercial cleaning systems.

Before becoming an attorney, Brent spent nearly seven years as an engineer and a patent agent at Michael Best, where he worked closely with the firm’s clients and patent attorneys. 

Prior to joining Michael Best, Brent completed internships at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UW-M) Research Foundation and at Braun Intertec. At UW-M, he evaluated intellectual property; performed market analysis and commercialization assessments; and researched patenting, technology licensing, and start-up companies. Brent earned certifications from the American Concrete Institute and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, as well as a certificate in nuclear gauge training.

Honors & Recognitions

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee “Graduate of the Last Decade” award, 2018
  • Inventor of a new ice skate – U.S. Patent No. 9,789,382

Professional Activities

  • Former Board Member, US Speedskating Sports Science and Innovation Committee
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society


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