Brad Meier, '98 J.D., is a registered patent attorney who has spent most of his career in the law-firm environment, initially as an associate in a top intellectual-property boutique in its New York and Washington, D.C., offices, and subsequently as of counsel in the patent group of a leading global general practice firm in its Northern Virginia office. He recently relocated to the Midwest for family reasons and now runs his own practice.
Meier has handled complex multinational patent prosecution dockets for top global companies, generated non-infringement/invalidity opinions, supported litigation (e.g., pre-litigation analyses, Inter Partes Review), mentored summer and junior associates, lectured, and recruited. Representative technologies include fans, vacuums, hand dryers, mobile device software, touch sensitive user interfaces and displays, information security, cyber security, e-commerce, social networking, financial trading systems, navigation systems, web browsers, MFPs, optical pickup devices, LEDs, and medical devices.
He received a bachelor of science. in physics-engineering and computer science from Washington and Lee University, and completed a dual-degree program in engineering and law at the University of Notre Dame where he earned his J.D. and a master of engineering in computer science and engineering.
Although Meier attended law school directly out of college, he gained industry experience through college summer internships at Black & Decker, where he analyzed and tested power tools in their test shop, and Roadnet Technologies, a subsidiary of UPS, where he wrote a program to test networking aspects of an early generation of the Delivery Information Acquisition Device – the electronic clipboard UPS drivers use to capture information and signatures upon package delivery. In college, he worked as a UNIX system administrator for the engineering department.