Brent A. Hawkins has more than 20 years of experience litigating intellectual property and other complex commercial disputes for clients in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Throughout his career, Brent has served as lead counsel in numerous patent, trademark, copyright, and complex commercial licensing litigation. He also has served as lead counsel in ex parte and inter partes proceedings before both the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Brent has experience across a variety of sectors and industries, with a particular focus on the technology, automotive, fintech, and consumer product sectors.
Brent has litigated and counseled on a broad array of patents in the areas of automotive in-vehicle and networked infotainment systems, audio/video switching and control systems and interactive audio/video interfaces, diesel engines, fuel injectors, consumer electronics, thermal printing, houseware goods, furniture systems, orthotic devices, pharmaceutical products, gene therapy technology, power control and supply, semiconductors and integrated circuits, and software, including patented technologies concerning cloud computing, navigation and location software, Internet of Things (IoT), LTE, secured storage, streaming media, and Wi-Fi.
Brent advises clients in licensing negotiations, including with regard to alleged standard essential patent (SEP) and related fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) issues. Brent further applies his patent experience to the transactional realm by working with clients to perform due diligence investigations and render opinions in the sale or acquisition of businesses or targeted business assets involving various technologies.