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Brian M. Hoffman

Brian M. Hoffman

Fenwick & West LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA


Brian Hoffman concentrates his practice on strategic patent counseling and portfolio management for some of the world’s leading technology companies. From emerging startups to multinational corporations, he works with clients to establish, enforce and monetize patent rights across the globe.

With 20 years of experience in managing patent portfolios of all sizes, Brian regularly helps clients identify technical advantages, implement patent programs that capture these advantages and minimize the impact of competitors' patents. He leverages Fenwick’s innovative patent operations model to provide efficient patent prosecution guided by high-level strategies that tie into clients’ short- and long-term business goals.

Working closely with Fenwick’s intellectual property litigators, Brian also formulates core technical arguments in patent litigations and other adversarial contexts. He uses his deep experience analyzing patents and prior art to craft offensive and defensive strategies for post-grant proceedings, including inter partes reviews.

Brian's areas of expertise include software, Internet technologies and computer architectures. He has significant experience with machine learning, computer security, electronic commerce, encryption and digital rights management, electronic content delivery, and computer graphics and animation.

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