Kelly Patrick Fitzgerald


  • University of Iowa - B.A. Physics with Distinction 1997
  • University of Iowa College of Law - J.D. 2000 magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

Bar Admissions

  • State of Minnesota
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Kelly Patrick Fitzgerald


Technology Areas

  • Medical Devices
  • Electrical
  • Software

Professional Experience

Kelly has over twenty years of experience in patent prosecution of electronics, software, and a number of other technology fields. He has significant experience handling high-volume patent prosecution for large corporations. In addition, Kelly often counsels clients on patent strategies and patent portfolio development. Kelly’s physics background gives him a broad technical background and significant versatility, enabling him to handle a wide range of technologies.

During law school, Kelly worked as a legal clerk and patent agent for Intermec Technologies Corporation. At Intermec, Kelly was an apprentice to Jack Sherman, a seasoned patent attorney that masterminded a valuable patent portfolio for Intermec. Kelly drafted and prosecuted patent applications at Intermec for inventions relating to hand-held computers, bar code readers, wireless communication protocols, radio frequency identification (RFID) and other areas. Kelly also helped manage a patent portfolio that generated millions of dollars in licensing revenue each year.

Following law school, Kelly joined the law firm of Fish and Richardson, where he first began working with Steve Shumaker and Kent Sieffert. At Fish and Richardson, Kelly’s practice focused on patent prosecution in the areas of software, chip architecture, data storage, color imaging, and other computer-related technologies. In January 2001, Kelly joined Shumaker & Sieffert, three days after the firm’s inception.

Kelly’s practice currently focuses heavily on power control circuitry, video compression, software, and wireless technologies. Kelly also provides opinion counseling to clients in a variety of areas.