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Braden M. Katterheinrich



Braden Katterheinrich helps clients with a wide range of intellectual property projects — leveraging prior experience as in-house counsel for a global technology company. Braden assists with managing worldwide patent portfolios, defending and challenging patents via reexamination and inter partes review, drafting or responding to demand letters, freedom to operate investigations, invalidity and noninfringement opinions, licensing, contract analysis, IP due diligence, and aspects of patent- and contract-related disputes. He has prosecuted and defended patents that led to favorable settlement and survived challenges at the USPTO.

Patent Experience

Braden prepares and prosecutes patent applications in the artificial intelligence, medical device, software, mechanical, magnetic, and electrical arts. He leverages data to guide efficient prosecution strategies.

Braden represents clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, drafting appeal and reply briefs and arguing oral hearings. Braden also provides guidance on challenging and defending patents and applications at the USPTO, including ex parte reexamination, inter partes review, and third-party pre-issuance submissions.

IP Counseling, Contracts and Litigation

Braden helps clients generate and evaluate inventions, document and protect trade secrets, track competitor patent activity and develop IP and agreement strategies — including extensive experience preparing patent landscape and portfolio analysis.

Braden works with clients to develop invalidity, noninfringement, and claim construction positions for patent litigation and freedom-to-operate investigations.

Faculty Positions

  • University of Minnesota — Adjunct Professor (2016-present)


Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Mitchell Hamline School of Law
J.D. William Mitchell Law Review (assistant editor) (2010)

Valparaiso University
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2007)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Chapter 2
    Co-author, Intellectual Property Law Institute 2018 Course Handbook, October 2018
  • Contractual Risk Transfer – Damages, Indemnity, Limitations of Warranties, Limitations of Liability
    Presenter, CLE, August 2018
  • Pre-Grant Challenges: Third-Party Submissions
    Presenter, Spring Symposium on Patent Law, April 2018
  • Proving Patent Eligibility Using Preemption: Federal Circuit’s Decision in McRO v. Bandai Expands the Boundaries for Patent-Eligible Inventions
    Co-author, Landslide, May 2017
  • Functional Claiming Under U.S. Patent Law
    Co-author, International In-House Counsel Journal, Fall 2015
  • The Confluence of Patents and Standards
    Co-author, AIPLA, Spring 2013 meeting

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • LegalCORPS – Inventor Assistance Program committee member


  • United States Patent and Trademark Office — Patent Pro Bono recognition, 2022
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020, 2022-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016-19
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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