Bryan F. Erickson

Position: Partner

Bryan F. Erickson has over 20 years of experience practicing law, mainly focusing on patents and intellectual property.  Mr. Erickson’s practice includes counseling clients regarding the procurement, enforcement, licensing, and analysis of patents, particularly in the electrical, electronic, computing, medical device, and aerospace fields.  Representative technologies include:

  • artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and natural language understanding specialized hardware and software
  • advanced laser applications
  • advanced plasma applications
  • advanced power electronics and controllers for spacecraft, plasma processing chambers, and semiconductor processing
  • chip-level encryption and cryptography, including for military applications
  • systems and components for radar, aircraft, satellites, and spacecraft
  • optical-electronic and laser applications for aerospace navigation systems
  • heavy engineering equipment for spacecraft integration and nuclear material processing
  • marine radar systems for ocean-going vessels
  • video and audio encoding, decoding, and processing, including H.265 / HEVC and other standards-essential patents
  • radiation detection and mitigation circuits and systems
  • cloud computing and global data center systems
  • advanced networking routers and network systems
  • data storage devices and systems
  • cardiovascular and neuromodulation implantable medical devices
  • surgical tools
  • operating systems, applications, and hardware for smartphones and mobile devices
  • quantum dot applications
  • desktop and laptop computer user interface and peripheral devices
  • wireless telecommunication circuits and systems
  • semiconductor manufacturing processes
  • advanced power electronics and controllers for automobile light-emitting diode (LED) systems
  • chemical process instruments
  • solar panels
  • video game software systems
  • virtual reality (VR) / augmented reality (AR) / mixed reality (MR) hardware and software systems


Mr. Erickson has experience advising regarding and drafting patent appeals, intellectual property license contracts, patent validity and infringement opinions, patentability reports, freedom-to-practice assessments, complex post-litigation patent portfolio cross-licensing settlement agreement compliance, patent landscape analysis involving thousands of patents, intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisition contracts, trademarks, software transaction contracts, complex U.S. federal contracts under the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) promulgated by the Department of Defense, GSA, and NASA, and achieving successful outcomes with patent application national security clearance reviews with the U.S. Air Force.


Mr. Erickson has substantial international experience, filing PCT and other international patent applications in 24 countries, serving Asian, European, Canadian, and Latin American clients, and addressing ITAR in the U.S. and other applicable export control laws and regulations of various nations, across Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa, occasionally advising international clients and partners in their native languages.


Mr. Erickson also has legal experience as an in-house general counsel at technology companies and nonprofits, and in various areas of law outside of intellectual property, including corporate and business law, tax law, employer-side labor law, water law, and wildlife conservation and environmental protection law.  Outside of law practice, Mr. Erickson has experience in business management, software engineering, and software engineering management roles, including at technology startup companies.  Mr. Erickson has been actively involved in technology startup company accelerators and venture capital (VC) investment funds.


Mr. Erickson has performed highly-cited research in astrophysics.  Mr. Erickson has presented remarks on legal and business aspects of space exploration at conferences in Chicago and at Stanford.  Mr. Erickson has served as a Board of Directors member of the Starve-Ups startup company accelerator, and has performed volunteer service for Blanchet House of Hospitality, the Mars Society, Stanford University Computer Science Department, and NASA.



  • Coursework in computer science and cloud AI engineering (2017, 2018, 2020)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), Intellectual Property, University of New Hampshire School of Law (2003)
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of New Hampshire School of Law (2003)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University (2000)



  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Law license, Minnesota


•  “The Distance to the Galactic Center,” Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP), Vol. 112, No. 768, Feb. 2000 (with 66 citations in the scientific literature)

  • “Trademarks and Free Speech: The Dual Interest in Internet Domain Names,” Germeshausen Center Newsletter, Summer 2002
  • “An Export Economy for a Mars Settlement” in On to Mars 2: Exploring and Settling a New World, Robert Zubrin and Frank Crossman, editors, 2005
  • “Designing a New Space Law” in On to Mars: Colonizing a New World, Robert Zubrin and Frank Crossman, editors, 2002
  • Book review of The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson, Pierce Law Review, 2002
  • Book review of A Case for Aid: Building Consensus for Development Assistance by James Wolfensohn, Lord Stern, and the World Bank staff, Pierce Law Review, 2003