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Stuart Nelson

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.



J.D., University of Minnesota Law School 2004
U.S. Central Region Award for Best Brief, International Moot Court
magna cum laude

B.S., University of Minnesota Institute of Technology 2001
Mechanical Engineering
with distinction


  • Minnesota 2004
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2015


Minnesota, 10th Judicial District, The Honorable Dale E. Mossey

Memberships & Affiliations

PTAB Bar Association
​Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)
MIPLA IP Law Revision & PTO Co-Chair (2014-present)



  • Midyear Review of Decisions and Developments at the PTAB
    Fish Post-Grant Webinar Series (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)
  • 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)
  • Patent Practice – Prosecution vs. Litigation
    William Mitchell College of Law, SIPLA Speaker Series (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)
  • Injunctive Relief and Damages: Patent Injunctions After eBay
    Kinney & Lange Intellectual Property Law Seminar (2008)


Published Articles

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Model Patent E-Discovery Orders Promulgated,” K&L IP News, Vol. 04, Issue 02, 2012
  • “Trade Secret Pleadings,” K&L IP News, Vol. 02, Issue 02, 2010



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