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About Stuart

Stuart A. Nelson is a principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Mr. Nelson’s practice focuses on patents with a heavy emphasis on post-grant proceedings, including experience on 100+ inter partes review (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.

Presentations

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)

Publications

“2019 Post-Grant Report,” FishPostGrant.com, 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

Interviewed by IPPro Patents in “Grounds for Success,” August 2016

“New Rules for Post-Grant Proceedings,” FishPostGrant.com, March 2016

“Fish & Richardson’s Post-Grant Report 2015,” March 2016

“Use of the Wayback Machine in IPR is Under Attack,” FishPostGrant.com, March 2016

“USPTO Issues Second Round of Proposed Rule Changes,” FishPostGrant.com, August 2015

“Requests for Rehearing Are Rarely Granted,” FishPostGrant.com, August 2014

“Additional Discovery Ordered for Application File History,” FishPostGrant.com, July 2014

“Sur-Replies Can Be Permitted In Post-Grant Proceedings,” FishPostGrant.com, May 2014

“A Late Terminal Disclaimer Does Not Change the Claim Interpretation Standard,” FishPostGrant.com, May 2014

“Claim Interpretation for Expired Patents,” FishPostGrant.com, April 2014

“Excluding Reply Declarations and Evidence,” FishPostGrant.com, 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

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).

“From day one during our very first face-to-face meeting, we knew that we would be all right. Though he took our case on a pro bono client basis, Stuart
treated us just as well as his more prestigious clients, and we were delighted by the kindness and sincere consideration he showed us.”

Pro bono client testimonial

Focus Areas
Education

J.D. magna cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School (2004)


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

Admissions
  • 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
Clerkships

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

Memberships & Affiliations

PTAB Bar Association – Trials Committee

​Minnesota State Bar Association

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)

MIPLA IP Law Revision & PTO Co-Chair (2014-present)

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May 27, 2021
Fish & Richardson Attorneys Recognized as 2020 North Star Lawyers
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March 2, 2021
Fish & Richardson Secures Denial of IPR Petitions on Behalf of Moskowitz Family LLC in Spinal Surgery Patent Dispute
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August 12, 2020
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Litigation Practice; National Rankings in the Plaintiff Firm and Prosecution Firm Categories
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June 24, 2019
Four Fish & Richardson Attorneys Recognized as North Star Lawyers by Minnesota State Bar Association
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May 10th, 2017 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar: Post-Grant for Practitioners: Ethical Issues at the PTAB
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January 11, 2017
Fish & Richardson Elevates 10 Attorneys to Principal
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Blog
August 18, 2016
Fish Post-Grant Radio: Episode #4: Mike Jay
Author: Stuart Nelson
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August 3, 2016
Grounds for Success | An IPPro Patents Interview
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July 13th, 2016 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar: Post-Grant for Practitioners - Midyear Review of Decisions and Developments at the PTAB
Webinar
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May 9, 2016
From Testimonial Evidence to Word Count: All Change at the PTAB
Articles
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April 28, 2016
Fish Post-Grant Radio: Episode #2: Kevin Jakel
Author: Stuart Nelson
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March 30, 2016
New Rules for Post-Grant Proceedings
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