Brian Dawley


  • The Ohio State University - B.S. Computer Science & Engineering 2005, cum laude
  • University of Minnesota Law School - J.D. 2008, Minnesota Law Review Managing Editor

Bar Admissions

  • State of Minnesota
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Young Lawyers Committee Member
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Young Lawyers Action Committee Member
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

Brian Dawley


Technology Areas

  • Medical Devices
  • Electrical
  • Software

Professional Experience

Brian is a registered U.S. patent attorney of Shumaker & Sieffert. His practice includes drafting and prosecution of patent applications, both in the US and abroad. Brian has drafted and prosecuted patent applications covering a wide variety of computer- and software-related technologies, including data compression, computer networks, computer security, databases, operating systems, and compilers and interpreters. Brian also drafts non-infringement and invalidity opinions, reexamination requests, and performs legal research and writing. During law school, Brian was a law clerk at the firm.
Brian is also a Barrister in the Honorable Judge Jimmie V. Reyna IP Inn of Court in Minnesota.


  • Christopher Palestro & Brian Dawley, "Open Source Due Diligence in Outbound Transactions," AIPLA Spring Meeting 2011, Joint Session of Electronic and Computer Law Committee and Special Committee on Standards and Open Source, May 12, 2011, available from AIPLA Spring Meeting 2011 Materials (requires login).
  • Discounting Applicant's Specification for Claim Construction Leads to Federal Circuit Reversal, January 2015
  • Plant Patent Pirates - Grape Growing, Public Planting, January 2015