Brian Oberst counsels clients on a range of intellectual property matters, including preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents, performing product clearance analyses, and conducting patent infringement and invalidity investigations. Brian also represents clients in complex patent litigation, including trial and appellate practice in federal courts around the country.

Engineering Experience

Brian began his law career after working for over eight years as a senior project engineer and project manager in the oil refining industry.

Industry and Technical Experience

Brian has counseled clients in a wide range of industries, in particular, the medical device industry. Specific technologies in which Brian has experience include:
  • Cardiac rhythm management technologies.
  • Prosthetic heart valves.
  • Prosthetic annuloplasty devices.
  • Orthopedic implants.
  • Annular repair devices.
  • Surgical devices.
In addition to his medical device industry experience, Brian has counseled clients with respect to:
  • Business methods.
  • Incentive award programs.
  • Financial payment systems.
  • Disk drive suspension assemblies.
  • Food products.
  • Food processing technologies.


Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


Mitchell Hamline School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Law Review (2002)

University of North Dakota
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, cum laude (1991)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association


  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Intellectual Property, 2009 and 2010
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