Brian M. Hoffman

Partner, Intellectual Property  

San Francisco 415.875.2484


Brian Hoffman has over 20 years of experience providing strategic patent counseling and portfolio management for some of the world’s leading technology companies. From emerging startups to multinational corporations, he works with clients to establish, enforce and monetize patent rights across the globe.

Brian regularly helps clients identify technical advantages, implement patent programs that capture these advantages and minimize the impact of competitors' patents. He leverages Fenwick’s innovative patent operations model to provide efficient patent prosecution guided by high-level strategies that tie into clients’ short- and long-term business goals.

Working closely with Fenwick’s intellectual property litigators, Brian also formulates core technical arguments in patent litigations and other adversarial contexts. He uses his deep experience analyzing patents and prior art to craft offensive and defensive strategies for post-grant proceedings, including inter partes reviews.

Brian represents clients primarily in the software and computer networking industries. He has significant experience with machine learning, computer security, electronic commerce, encryption and digital rights management, electronic content delivery and blockchain technologies.


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