Brian Batzli is currently a Senior Vice President, shareholder, and Chairman Emeritus with Merchant & Gould PC.  He served as the firm’s CEO, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board from 2011 through 2018.  Brian has been with the firm for over thirty years practicing in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, and licensing.  His technology areas include computer technology, software, physics, internet applications, and the mechanical arts.  He also has significant experience in trademark prosecution and contested matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 

Prior to joining Merchant & Gould, Brian was a staff attorney with CPT Corporation where he coordinated Intellectual Property matters, negotiated and drafted licenses and procurement agreements, and advised the corporation on credit, distribution, and corporate legal matters. He received his law degree at William Mitchell College of law (1985 cum laude) and his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota (1982). 

Brian is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Licensing Executive’s Society, the American Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).  He is a Past President of the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) and is a past Chair of AIPLA’s IP Practice in Latin America Committee and AIPLA’s Emerging Technology Committee.  He currently serves as AIPLA’s Treasurer and is on the Board of Directors.  Brian is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property and was an adjunct professor at the Hamline University School of Law for 10 years where he taught Computer Law and Patent Law related courses.

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