Brett Krueger is an intellectual property attorney with extensive experience counseling clients on identifying, evaluating, procuring, enforcing, and licensing intellectual property rights, as well as the avoidance of infringement risks. He is a co-leader of the Patent practice group. 

Brett counsels clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups. He concentrates his practice on patent prosecution and opinions in the following areas: mechanical engineering; robotics; autonomous platforms (including mobility systems, navigation systems, and sensor systems); automation; artificial intelligence (AI); speech / natural language understanding (NLU); virtual assistants; medical devices; optical devices; software; internet applications; mobile devices; mobile communications; networking; and distributed systems (cloud computing - hardware and software).

  • Manages client patent portfolios in the U.S. and worldwide
  • Assists clients in a wide range of intellectual property matters, including patent portfolio development, patent prosecution, trademarks, trade secrets, clearance and freedom-to-operate (FTO) studies, patentability searches, and intellectual property due diligence
  • Renders legal opinions on patent validity and/or patent non-infringement
  • Frequently provides intellectual property seminars and presentations to educate clients
  • Hands-on engineering experience in enterprise software development and in automated/robotic systems (hardware and software)
  • Worked for about eight years as an engineer designing and programming automated systems (mechanical, electrical, and software) and enterprise software systems
  • Worked at start-ups in Silicon Valley and understands the business perspective to intellectual property


Practice Areas


Representative Matters

  • Worked as an engineer for many years before becoming a patent attorney, gaining a diverse set of technological experiences
  • Worked as a mechanical engineer in the areas of machine automation and particle accelerators at companies, including IBM, Applied Materials, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Worked as a software engineer at Incyte Genomics providing software solutions for machine automation and robotics
  • Worked as a senior software engineer at Netflix providing information management systems, content management systems, and internet applications
  • Co-founded a technology company, where he:
    • Developed automated systems (hardware and software) for DNA liquid handling and preparatory processes
    • Developed three-axis gantry systems using linear motors, servo motors, and stepper motors
    • Developed stepper motor board software solutions
    • Developed enterprise software solutions that allow scientists to create and execute automated experiments

Prior Experience

  • Fish & Richardson P.C., Patent Attorney, 2005-2010
  • Patent Bar Review Institute LLC, Founder and President, 2003-2005
  • Krueger Technologies, Co-Founder and Partner, 1999-2000






  • IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, Recognized as one of the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2019-2024

  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2013-2016
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Recognized as an "Up and Coming" lawyer, 2012

Professional & Community Involvement

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Boston Patent Law Association

News & Insights


  • Media | Crain's Grand Rapids Business |
  • Brett A. Krueger is quoted in the Law 360 article “5 Tips For Getting Software Patents Approved Post-Alice”
    Media |
  • Brett A. Krueger is quoted in the National Law Journal article “‘Alice Corp.’ Is Already Making its Mark on Patent Law”
    Media |
  • Brett A. Krueger is quoted in the National Law Journal article “Patent Ruling’s Effect on ‘Trolls’ Debated”
    Media |
  • Brett A. Krueger quoted in Michigan Lawyers Weekly article "Intelligent design: Apple's $1.05b verdict gives attention to another side of patent law"
    Media |
  • Adam Jahnke, Adam K. Keith, Matthew Keuten, Brett A. Krueger, Evan J. Leibhan and Shawn A. Strand mentioned in Detroit Legal News regarding their election as new partners
    Media | Also mentioned in Oakland County Legal News and Macomb County Legal News |


  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics
    Event | | | Speaker


  • A Patent Portfolio Strategy for Entrepreneurs
    Publication | Germeshausen Center Newsletter | Spring 2005
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