Brian N. Fletcher helps individuals and businesses create and protect their intellectual property through the use of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Brian’s practice focuses on domestic and foreign patent prosecution, client counseling and patent litigation. Brian has broad experience in technologies including electronic circuits, electrical and mechanical devices, sensors, image forming and processing systems, photonic and radio frequency systems, communications systems, network protocols, network security and network management systems, target acquisition and tracking systems, electrical power management and distribution systems, computer hardware and software, semiconductor manufacturing, medical devices and medical information systems, business methods and Internet applications.
Brian has drafted and prosecuted U.S. and international patent applications; revised and prosecuted foreign origin U.S. patent applications; drafted amendments; responded to office actions; conducted interviews with examiners; prepared pre-appeal and appeal briefs; conducted clearance and patentability assessments; and drafted invalidity and non-infringement opinions. He also handled discovery activities, due diligence research and pretrial motions for the litigation, International Trade Commission and mergers and acquisitions practices.
Prior to practicing law, Brian served as a United States Navy submarine officer for more than 20 years, where he gained extensive experience in the practical application of electrical, mechanical, nuclear, chemical, ocean and systems engineering and materials science. From his experience as lead analyst for all Navy programs concerning weapons of mass destruction, Brian has in-depth technical experience in the areas of ballistic missiles, nuclear command, control and communications systems and biological and chemical warfare systems. He also was responsible for the installation, testing, operation and maintenance of the electrical, electronic and mechanical systems involving sonar, weapons targeting, weapons control, torpedoes and missiles aboard nuclear submarines.