Bryan D. Kirkpatrick


Bryan Kirkpatrick has a deep understanding of the legal, business and engineering issues involved in protecting high tech and mechanical technologies. Before practicing law, he worked for 10 years as an engineer and IP manager for the Hyster and Yale ‎Group of forklift manufacturers. As a result of his in-house experience, Bryan is uniquely able to integrate with client staff and management, often working on-site to provide legal counsel.

Bryan works closely with clients to prepare patents and advise on ‎intellectual property issues involving holography and optical devices, industrial vehicles and automotive systems, heavy machinery and equipment, firearm accessories and nuclear power, among others. His knowledge of engineering technologies, processes and the manufacturing industry is a significant asset in developing patent claims, strategies and workarounds.

Before joining Schwabe, Bryan was with Stolowitz Ford Cowger LLP, the boutique intellectual property firm that merged with Schwabe in 2015. 



  • Advised a U.S.-based international corporation involved in patent litigation in Germany, and helped coordinate the litigation strategy with European counsel, resulting in invalidation of the competitor’s main patent claims and dismissal of the suit.
  • Negotiated a settlement between a golf accessory manufacturer and a non-practicing patent holder in an infringement lawsuit brought against the client and the Professional Golf Association.
  • Prosecuted core patented technology for a start-up power company and assisted in the transfer and significant sale of patent rights.

Memberships & Awards


  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Resources & Ideas




Oregon State Courts

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Outside The Office