Prior to his time with Faegre Drinker, Darnell worked for Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. as an attorney in their intellectual property and patent group, focusing his work on mechanical, electrical, life sciences and software patents. He was responsible for preparing and prosecuting patent applications; assessing patentability, invalidity and freedom to operate; and drafting IP agreements, including assignment, licensing, SaaS, service, and confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements.
Before entering the patent profession, Darnell also worked with Boeing as both an engineer and senior paralegal. As an engineer, he performed thermodynamic and structural analysis on defense and aerospace products. As a paralegal, he used his structural and thermal analyst experience to assist senior counsel in various aspects of government contracts, program management and corporate governance.
Darnell also worked as an intellectual property extern with Emerson and Thompson Coburn LLP.
- Mitchell Hamline School of Law — Adjunct Professor, Patent Drafting Competition, 2019