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 has extensive experience in USPTO trials and post-grant proceedings 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 130 recent Inter Partes Review, Covered Business Method Review, Post Grant Review, and Derivation proceedings before the PTAB. Brent’s experience and skills have led to him being repeatedly named one of the 40 top attorneys nationwide in PTAB post-grant practice by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM Patent 1000) magazine. Brent heads Womble Bond Dickinson’s PTAB Trials practice group.

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 fabrication and processing, cellular communications, surgical procedures, electronic gaming and toys, and the automotive aftermarket. 

Presentations and Publications

Publications

Presentations

  • Moderator, AI and IP: Robots, Creativity and Innovation, Irvine, CA, October 2018
  • Table Moderator, PTAB Bar Association Thought Leader Summit, Alexandria, VA, November 2018
  • Panelist, The Impact of Oil States and SAS Institute on Your PTAB Strategy, Webinar, IAM, May 2018
  • Presenter, The PTAB - Past, Present, and Future, Korean Patent Attorneys Association, Seoul, Korea, October 2017
  • Panelist, USPTO and Plain Meaning of Terms Webinar, Intellectual Property Owners Association, May 2015
  • Presenter, 2014 Patent Update for Medical Device Companies - USPTO Post-Grant Proceedings: Lessons Learned After 2 Years, IN3 Medical Device Summit, San Francisco, November 2014
  • Panelist, Understanding New Proceedings for Challenging Patent Validity, 2013 Patent Disputes Forum, Santa Clara, CA, November 2013
  • Panelist, Important Developments in Intellectual Property and How They Impact Your Business, IP Impact - Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, September 2013
  • Panelist, Post-Grant Proceedings under the America Invents Act, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA) Washington in the West Conference, Los Angeles, CA, January 2013
  • Panelist, Dealing Strategically with the America Invents Act, IP Impact - Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, September 2012
  • Panelist, Strategic Implications of the America Invents Act, IP Impact - Silicon Valley, Menlo Park, CA, October 2011

Media Mentions

Professional Activities

  • PTAB Bar Association (PTABBA)
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI) 
    (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)

Honors and Awards

  • Named both a Local Litigation Star and a Benchmark California Star by Benchmark Litigation 2019.
  • Named one of the "World's Leading Patent Professionals" in the “Patent 1000” guide by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine (2014-2019). In the 2019 guide, Brent was recognized in the national “Post-Grant Proceedings” category and applauded as a “top PTAB mind.” In the 2018 guide, Brent was recognized in the “Litigation” category for his many "years of interference experience and intense engagement in inter partes reviews" and praised for bringing "strong leadership to the PTAB practice" and "understanding everything that can happen after issuance." Brent has also been consistently rated by the publication as “Recommended” (top 40-60 nationally) in the “Post-Grant Proceedings” category.
  • Ranked Top 40 Most Active IPR Attorney Overall - Patexia 2018 IPR Intelligence Report
  • Ranked Top 20 Most Active IPR Attorney Overall - Patexia 2017 IPR Intelligence Report
  • Recognized in 2017 by the Legal 500
  • Named in the Daily Journal's list of the "Top IP Attorneys in California for 2016"
  • Recognized in 2014 for High Tech Litigation in Corporate INTL Global Awards
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 

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Bar admissions

  • 1992, California
  • 1995, District of Columbia
  • 1996, United States Patent & Trademark Office

Admitted to practice before:

  • United States Supreme Court 
  • 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

Education

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