Brian K. Prewitt
Brian K. Prewitt is an Austin intellectual property attorney focusing on matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, technology development, technology acquisition, strategic alliances, intellectual property licensing, intellectual property due diligence, counseling, and litigation. Brian has worked closely with clients across numerous industries in patent portfolio development; preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications; counseling regarding patent infringement risks, contractual and copyright disputes, and patent license disputes; preparation of written legal opinions relating to infringement risks; development and enforcement of licensing strategies; negotiation of patent and trademark licenses and other business agreements; and intellectual property due diligence in connection with corporate mergers and acquisitions.
With over 15 years of experience in intellectual property law, and with industry experience as an electrical engineer in the areas of integrated circuit design, semiconductor manufacturing technology, computer architecture, and computer systems prior to attending law school, Brian possesses both the legal and technical talents necessary for providing top-notch legal representation to leading technological companies throughout the world, including Dell Inc. and Cirrus Logic, Inc. Brian works closely with clients and maintains consistent and timely communication with clients in order to ensure positive results and strives to exceed client expectations while minimizing legal costs.
Brian’s main focus is in the area of patent preparation and prosecution. Over the course of his career, Brian has authored over 1,200 patent applications and has managed the prosecution of over 3,000 patent applications spanning from cutting-edge computer and audio technologies to groundbreaking medical devices and from state-of-the-art automotive systems to innovative consumer products including ovens and animal litter boxes. Due to Brian’s uncompromising commitment to client service, Brian and Jackson Walker have become preferred outside patent prosecution counsel to two large global technology companies based in Austin.
Brian also assists clients in other facets of intellectual property law, including trademark, copyright, and entertainment law. In the area of entertainment law, Brian has served as lead counsel and executive producer on five full-length films produced by an independent filmmaker.
In addition to his extensive experience in intellectual property law, Brian has also handled corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, real estate development, lending, and estate planning and probate matters.
B.S., University of Cincinnati, Electrical Engineering
- Graduated summa cum laude
- Dean’s List, all 12 academic quarters
J.D., University of Texas School of Law
- Graduated with high honors
- Order of the Coif, Top 10%
- Chancellors, Top 16 Students of Class
- Asian Law Students Association
- Chairperson, Legal Research Board
- Four-time recipient of the Dean’s Achievement Award
United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Computer systems
- Data storage systems
- Mixed-signal audio systems
- Adaptive active noise cancellation
- Handhelds and other mobile computing devices
- Audio devices
- Seismic data acquisition systems
- Medical and surgical devices
- Network and data security
- Thermal control systems
- Low-power lighting
- Green technologies
- Computer software
- Semiconductor and photo mask fabrication
- Instrumentation devices
- Cellular and other wireless communication
- Radio frequency communications
- Networking hardware
- Automotive devices
- Consumer products
- Use and protection of trademarks
- Prosecution of trademark registration applications
- Use and protection of copyrighted works, including films and music.
- All phases of film production, including copyright protection, distribution agreements, talent releases, content licenses and releases, and other relevant legal issues
- The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.), 2023-2024
- Patent Law, 2023-2024
- Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2024
- Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2016
“IP4All – Hot Topics and Trends in Intellectual Property for All Attorneys,” State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section, 24th Annual APIS Conference (April 2019)
- Center for Child Protection, Board Member, 2020 – Present
- Austin Intellectual Property Law Association,
- Chairperson, Technology Committee, 2019-2020
- Chairperson, Inventor of the Year/Awards Committee, 2015-2019
- International School of Texas
- Secretary, Board of Trustees, 2016-2018
- Board of Trustees, 2014-2018
- Austin Asian American Bar Association, Leadership Council, 2013-2017
- Austin Bar Association
August 17, 2023Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 287 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2024 Edition, Including 12 “Lawyers of the Year” and 80 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 287 Jackson Walker attorneys across 5 offices and 82 specialty practice areas in its 2024 edition, including 12 Lawyers of the Year and 80 Ones to Watch. In this year’s guide, Jackson Walker saw the largest number of attorneys in the areas of Commercial Litigation (66 attorneys) and Real Estate Law (60 attorneys) and the addition of 35 attorneys as Best Lawyers.
March 8, 2023Client Results
Cirrus Logic, a leader in low-power, high-precision mixed-signal processing solutions, has been listed among the top 300 U.S.-issued patent assignees for 2022 by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). This is the third time the company was included in the annual list of innovators.
October 12, 2022Client Results
Jackson Walker celebrates the momentum of Austin-based Cirrus Logic, a leader in low-power, high-precision mixed-signal processing solutions. With about 4,130 patents issued and pending worldwide, the fabless semiconductor supplier is benefiting from solid growth opportunities and the mind of one of the world’s most prolific inventors, John Melanson.
August 18, 2022Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 214 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2023 Edition, Including 11 “Lawyers of the Year” and 41 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 214 Jackson Walker attorneys across 6 offices and 79 specialty practice areas in its 2023 edition, including 11 Lawyers of the Year and 41 Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers listings are based on an exhaustive peer review survey of thousands of attorneys who vote on the legal abilities of others in their practice areas.
November 10, 2021Client Results
A Jackson Walker team led by Austin partner Brian K. Prewitt, and including senior counsel Temple Keller and associate Andrea Thai, assisted in obtaining 150 of Cirrus Logic’s 180 patents issued in 2020.
October 1, 2020Client Results
The Patent 300, produced by IPO in collaboration with Harrity Analytics, has been published for 37 consecutive years using data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Cirrus Logic is among just 29 organizations making the list for the first time.
May 16, 2019Speaking Engagements
During the 24th Annual APIS Conference, Brian Prewitt moderated a panel discussion entitled “IP4All – Hot Topics and Trends in Intellectual Property for All Attorneys.”