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Stuart Nelson

Stuart A. Nelson is a Principal in the patent group in Fish & Richardson’s Twin Cities office. Mr. Nelson’s practice focuses on patents with a heavy emphasis on post-grant proceedings, including experience on 100+ 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, streaming and graphics manufacturing, 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., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School (2004)

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


  • 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)


  • Named one of “The Leading Patent Professionals” by IAM Patent 1000 (2020)
  • Recognized as a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018-2020)


  • “2019 Post-Grant Report,” (January 2020)
  • “What the PTAB Precedent Panel Said in Its First Decision,” Law360 (April 2019)
  • “Fish & Richardson’s Post-Grant Report 2016,” (February 2017)
  • “From Testimonial Evidence to Word Count: All Change at the PTAB,” World Intellectual Property Review (May 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)

Media Mentions

  • Interviewed, “Grounds for Success,” IPPro Patents (August 2016)

Speaking Engagements

  • Host of Fish Post-Grant Radio​ (a podcast covering patent post-grant issues)​
  • “USPTO Ethics Rules at the PTAB in the Wake of COVID-19,” PTAB Bar Association (2020)
  • “2019 Post-Grant Report,” Intellectual Property Owner’s Association – Post-Grant Committee (2020)
  • “USPTO Ethics Rules at the PTAB,” Fish Post-Grant Webinar Series (2019)
  • “Constitutionality of IPRs – Oil States Energy Services, LLC. V. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC,” MIPLA IP Law Revision Meeting (2017)
  • “Ethical Issues at the PTAB,” Fish Post-Grant Webinar Series (2017)
  • “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 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)
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