Stuart Nelson

Principal | Twin Cities | (612) 337-2538 |

Stuart A. Nelson is a Principal in the Patent group at Fish & Richardson’s Twin Cities office. Mr. Nelson’s practice focuses on patents with a primary focus on post-grant proceedings, including experience on 40+ IPR proceedings. Mr. Nelson also has experience in both patent prosecution and patent litigation, including drafting and prosecution in the U.S. and abroad, investigation and analysis of patent validity and infringement, litigation counseling, intellectual property counseling, and patent portfolio management.

Mr. Nelson’s technical experience spans a variety of mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical industries, including but not limited to medical devices in a variety of fields (including the areas of spine, cardiac, vascular, ocular, wound care, prolapse, metabolic diseases, and more), mobile and connected devices, printing, automated banking machines, bed and sleep systems, gas turbine engines, mechanical and electrical aerospace applications, office furniture, lubrication systems, filtration, electronics and controls, elevator control systems, sensors and industrial control systems, renewable energy, packaged data cards, hard disk drives, giant magnetoresistance devices, sports training equipment, and electromechanical machinery.


  • Minnesota 2004
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office 2009
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota 2009
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2015
  • The Honorable Dale E. Mossey, State of Minnesota 10th Judicial District
Memberships and Affiliations
  • PTAB Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, IP Law Revision & PTO Co-Chair (2014-present)


Selected Speeches and Publications
  • "Midyear Review of Decisions and Developments at the PTAB," Fish Post-Grant Webinar Series (2016)
  • “From Testimonial Evidence to Word Count: All Change at the PTAB,” World Intellectual Property Review, (May 2016)
  • Interviewed by IPPro Patents in "Grounds for Success," (August 2016)
  • “New Rules for Post-Grant Proceedings,”, (March 2016)
  • “Fish & Richardson’s Post-Grant Report 2015,” (March 2016)
  • “Use of the Wayback Machine in IPR is Under Attack,”, (March 2016)
  • "AIA Patent Trials: the New Proposed Rules," Fish Post-Grant Webinar Series (2015)
  • "AIA Patent Trials: the New Proposed Rules," MIPLA Patent Prosecution and IP Law Revision Meeting (2015)
  • "Examining Redundancy" Fish Post-Grant Webinar Series (2015)
  • “USPTO Issues Second Round of Proposed Rule Changes,”, (August 2015)
  • “Requests for Rehearing Are Rarely Granted,” (August 2014)
  • "Additional Discovery Ordered for Application File History,” (July 2014)
  • "Amendments, Live Testimony, and Disclaiming to Avoid the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard – the PTAB has Spoken," Fish Post-Grant Webinar Series (2014)
  • "Patent Owner Transparency: Proposed Changes to Require Identification of Attributable Owner," MIPLA Patent Prosecution and IP Law Revision Meeting (2014)
  • "Sur-Replies Can Be Permitted In Post-Grant Proceedings,” (May 2014)
  • "A Late Terminal Disclaimer Does Not Change the Claim Interpretation Standard,” (May 2014)
  • "Claim Interpretation for Expired Patents,” (April 2014)
  • "Excluding Reply Declarations and Evidence,” (April 2014)
  • "Patent Practice – Prosecution vs. Litigation," William Mitchell College of Law, SIPLA Speaker Series (2012)
  • "Model Patent E-Discovery Orders Promulgated,” K&L IP News, Vol. 04, Issue 02 (2012)
  • "Inequitable Conduct in Patent Prosecution: Examining Therasense," Kinney & Lange Intellectual Property Law Seminar (2011)
  • "Injunctive Relief in Intellectual Property," Kinney & Lange Intellectual Property Law Seminar (2010)
  • "Trade Secret Pleadings,” K&L IP News, Vol. 02, Issue 02 (2010)
  • "Injunctive Relief and Damages: Patent Injunctions After eBay," Kinney & Lange Intellectual Property Law Seminar (2008)
  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School 2004
    magna cum laude
  • B.S., University of Minnesota Institute of Technology 2001
    Mechanical Engineering
    with distinction

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