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Brian J. Laurenzo

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Brian J. Laurenzo

Shareholder and Registered Patent Attorney

brian.laurenzo@brickgentrylaw.com

“The attitude and environment at Brick Gentry is refreshing and unique. The combined emphasis on exceptional counsel and personal service is what attracted me to the Firm.”

Brian Laurenzo is a registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His practice includes the filing and prosecution of patents, trademarks and copyrights in the United States and with associates in foreign countries throughout the world. Brian also provides clients with patent and trademark availability and infringement opinions; licensing and transfer of intellectual property rights and technology; and counseling and implementation of enforcement strategies and litigation of matters concerning patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, technology and e-commerce, as well as online brand management and domain name law.

Before Brian joined Brick Gentry P.C. in 2010, he served as head of the Intellectual Property Law Practice Group for the Des Moines Regional Office of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP.  Previous to this, he was a Shareholder at Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors and Roberts, P.C.

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Areas of Practice

Copyrights, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Patents, Trademarks

Honors

  • Greater Des Moines Committee, 2015 Chair-Elect.
  • 2013 Above and Beyond Award, Dowling Catholic High School Foundation Board of Directors
  • Iowa Chapter of Public Relations Society of America 2012 Outstanding Iowa Advocate Award
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2017, in Litigation - Intellectual Property and Trademark Law
  • Named Des Moines Lawyer of the Year of the Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2017, in Litigation - Intellectual Property and Trademark Law
  • Listed in Iowa Super Lawyers, 2007-2011
  • "Business Leader You Need to Know," Des Moines Business Record's Book of Lists, 2013-2015.
  • Recipient, Johnston Chamber of Commerce "Johnston Citizen of the Year" Award, 2012
  • Recipient, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute "Distinguished Government Leadership" Award, 2009
  • Recipient, The Business Record Inaugural "Forty Under 40" Alumnus of the Year Award, 2009
  • Recipient, The Business Record Inaugural "Forty Under 40" Award, 2000
  • Recipient, The Des Moines Register's Iowa "Up and Comer" Award, 1996
  • Member, 1998-99 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
  • Member, 1995-96 Leadership Iowa Class selected and sponsored by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Recognitions and Publications

  • “An Engineering Education in Preparation for a Career in Patent Law,” Iowa State University Engineering Classes. October 15, 2014.
  • “The Importance of Documenting Invention Disclosures as Part of a Corporate Patent Protection Program,” Iowa Association of Business and Industry's Advanced Manufacturing Conference, October 9, 2014.
  • "Emerging Patent and Trademark Legal Issues for Businesses," Iowa Association of Business and Industry Manufacturing / Environment Conference, October 31, 2013.
  • "The Basics of Technology Licensing Agreement," Brick Gentry Law Firm Sponsored Continuing Legal Education, October 13, 2013.
  • "Internal Patent Procedures for Corporate Clients," Brick Gentry Law Firm Sponsored Continuing Legal Education, November 29, 2012
  • "Intellectual Property Law Basics," Iowa Association of Legal Assistants, September 28, 2012
  • "Patent Law Reform, Is Your Business Ready?" Iowa Association of Business and Industry, December 14, 2011
  • "The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011," Brick Gentry Law Firm Sponsored Continuing Legal Education, November 17, 2011
  • "Intellectual Property Law Basics for Non-Intellectual Property Attorneys," Brick Gentry Law Firm Sponsored Continuing Legal Education, August, 25, 2010
  • "Is Your Company Ready For Climate Change?" Iowa Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association, January 15, 2009
  • "The Federal Circuit Revisits State Street: Will the Troll Lose His Toll?" Iowa Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association, October 17, 2008
  • "Accelerated Green Technology Patents," Dorsey & Whitney LLP Intellectual Property Update, December 18, 2009
  • "Patenting Business Methods - The Rules Change, but the Game Is the Same,"Dorsey & Whitney LLP Intellectual Property Update, December 2008
  • "For Sale - Your Trademark as a Keyword," Dorsey & Whitney LLP Intellectual Property Update, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 2005, republished by IPFrontline.com March 23, 2005

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Education
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Iowa State University, B.S., Construction Engineering, 1984
Bar Admissions
  • State of Iowa
  • State of Illinois
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Iowa Supreme Court
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th, 8th and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of Illinois
Memberships
  • Member, Board of Directors, TechLaw Group (an international consortium of leading law firms that serve high technology clients), 2006-2010
  • Member, Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association (President, 1995-1996. Board of Managers, 1992-1997)
  • Member, Iowa State Bar Association (Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section, 2001-2002, Intellectual Property Law Section Council, 1998-2001)
  • Member, Polk County Bar Association
Community Activities
  • Mayor, City of Johnston, 2003-2007
  • Mayor Pro Tem, City of Johnston, 2002-2003
  • Councilman, City of Johnston, 2000-2003
  • Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Greater Des Moines Partnership, 2009-present 
  • Co-Chair, Greater Des Moines Partnership Capital Crossroads Cultural Capital, 2011-present
  • Member, Greater Des Moines Partnership Capital Crossroads Vision Plan Steering Committee, 2010-present 
  • Chairman, Government Policy Council, Greater Des Moines Partnership, 2009 (Vice-Chairman, 2008)
  • President, Bravo Greater Des Moines, 2008-2011. Member, Board of Directors, 2004-present 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Dowling Catholic High School Foundation, 2007-present, Vice-Chair, 2014-present 
  • Development Committee Co-Chair and Executive Committee Member, 2011-present 
  • Trustee, ChildServe Board of Trustees, 2011-present. Vice-Chair, 2012, Chair, 2013-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Greater Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization, 2002-present, Executive Committee, 2005-2007, Vice-Chair, 2007, Chair, Surface Transportation Program Subcommittee, 2007-present
  • Member, Metro Advisory Council, 2003-2007, Executive Committee, 2006-2007 
  • Member, Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments, 2003-2007, Chair 2007
  • Member, Board of Directors, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2003-2007
  • Member, Board of Directors, Johnston Chamber of Commerce, 2000-2007
  • Member, Board of Directors, Johnston Economic Development Corporation, 2000-2007
  • Member, Board of Directors, Hyperion Field Club, 2002-2005
  • Member, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Waste Authority, 2000-2003
  • President, Twenty-First Century Forum, 1995-1997. Founding Member and Secretary, 1993-1995
  • Member, Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M., 1998-present.
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Amanda Cares, Inc. 1998; Vice-Chairman, 1994-1997
  • President, United Nations Association of Greater Des Moines, 1995-1998, Vice-President, 1993-1995, Treasurer, 1991-1992
  • Member, Board of Directors, United Nations Association of Iowa, 1995-1998
  • Member, St. Pius X Catholic Church, Urbandale, Iowa