Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
The PTO or ADR, rather than federal court, may offer a compelling alternative venue for some patent disputes.

Brenton R. Babcock

Partner

At a Glance

  • J.D. Georgetown University
  • M.B.A. Georgetown University
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Los Angeles
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Los Angeles

  • State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - District of Arizona
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Brent Babcock represents high-technology clients in every aspect of intellectual property disputes, focusing on federal district court litigation throughout the country, trials and post-grant patent proceedings before the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences), and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings (including domestic and international arbitrations).  His practice also includes pre-litigation counseling, pre-interference and post-grant proceeding consulting, and appellate briefing and oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Brent heads the firm’s USPTO Trials and Post-Grant Proceedings practice group, and has been involved in more than 35 patent interferences and many reexaminations during the past twenty years. He has also been involved in more than 125 recent Inter Partes Review, Covered Business Method Review, and Derivation proceedings before the PTAB. Brent's experience and skills have led to him being named one of the 40 top attorneys nationwide in PTAB post-grant practice by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM Patent 1000) magazine.

His litigation practice emphasizes handling patent cases, although he has also successfully represented numerous clients in trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, and false advertising matters. 

Brent’s cases have involved a vast array of technologies and products, including manufacturing equipment, medical devices, biotechnology and molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, semiconductor processing, cellular communications, surgical procedures, electronic gaming and toys, and the automotive aftermarket.

Clerk Experience

Legal intern to the Honorable Glenn L. Archer, Jr., Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, August 1990 to May 1991.

Education

  • Georgetown University (J.D. 1992)
  • Georgetown University (M.B.A. 1992)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (M.S. Mechanical Engineering 1988)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (B.S. Mechanical Engineering 1988), cum laude, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society
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