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2021 Up & Coming Attorneys: Daniel Bruzzone

Not many Up and Coming Attorneys have already made partner. Daniel Bruzzone is an exception.

He was named partner at Patterson Thuente last year, and in true pandemic fashion, the firm celebrated with a drive-by parade.

As a patent attorney and partner with the intellectual property law firm, Bruzzone has a varied client base and a practice that combines domestic and international IP law. He works with some of the firm’s largest clients, as well as the smallest.

He prosecutes patents and helps develop strategy for a high.ly regulated, multinational consumer products company based in London, and at the same time fights online copycats for a small, family-owned enterprise in Minnesota.

“I have an undergrad degree in physics,” explained Bruzzone. “I worked in product development for 3M for six years. That’s where I learned about patent law — making sure the products we were developing weren’t covered by competitors’ patents.”

Other parts of Bruzzone’s practice include securing IP protections internationally, preparing patentability and invalidity opinions and supporting Patterson’s litigation team in contentious patent and trademark matters.

Bruzzone isn’t afraid to apply his expertise in the community, either. He worked pro bono for Michael Lopez, a local entrepreneur, to acquire U.S. and international patent protection, as well as secure investment capital for his startup Halo Ramp. Bruzzone has been honored annually by the MSBA North Star Lawyers program for committing at least 50 hours per year to pro bono work, and received and the USPTO pro bono certificate in 2020.

“I enjoy working with smaller and midsize companies that are working on a plan and building a patent portfolio,” he said. “I want to encourage companies to file for patents now instead of having them wish in 10 years that they’d done it.”

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