Bryan Mechell is a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney with experience in complex patent litigation. Bryan focuses his practice on new and cutting-edge technologies in order to help large companies, small businesses, and inventors assess and protect the value of their intellectual property. Bryan regularly represents clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in various phases of litigation—including trial proceedings conducted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board—and enjoys working with clients to implement strategies that clearly and persuasively present complex legal and technical issues in order to drive business-oriented solutions.
Drawing on his background in computer science and physics, Bryan regularly represents emerging and established businesses involved in technology and software license disputes and helps them develop methods for auditing, managing, and enforcing license compliance. Bryan leverages in-depth experience and knowledge of the ever-changing intellectual property and technology landscape to help clients manage technology and software licenses and improve their own agreements. Bryan also helps clients map out asset protection strategies and develop a superior bargaining position in negotiations over technology by analyzing existing license agreements to inform strategic business decisions.
Bryan has advised clients in a wide variety of markets and technical fields, including:
- video streaming protocols
- IoT and AI software technologies
- mobile wireless telecommunications
- mobile broadband
- internet technologies
- TCP/IP communications standards and protocols
- server architecture
- database encryption
- computer processing and graphics
- semiconductor design and fabrication
- consumer products and peripherals
Bryan has completed coursework in quantum physics, advanced mathematics, chemistry, and computer science, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Bryan is committed to pro bono representation and has obtained asylum for Tibetan monks who have been imprisoned and repeatedly tortured after demonstrating against the government.
In the community, Bryan sits on the Executive Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chorale - the Principal Chorus of the Minnesota Orchestra and one of the foremost professional choruses in the United States - where he supports the Chorale's mission of fostering and deepening community through its outreach initiatives and educational activities. Bryan is also an active tenor soloist, recently volunteering his time as the lead role in a seven-night stage production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" that raised funds for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Bryan attended the University of Minnesota where he completed the Lower Division Institute of Technology Honors Program and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Physics minor. Bryan graduated from the George Washington University Law School where he was a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal.
Trial counsel on behalf of plaintiff in PCT International Inc. v. Holland Electronics LLC, a patent infringement trial involving coaxial cable connector technology. The case was tried in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona before Judge James A. Teilborg. Secured a jury verdict for PCT on issues of infringement, patent validity, and damages in May 2015. An injunction against all future sales of infringing products was confirmed by the Court in September 2015. The Federal Circuit summarily upheld the permanent injunction and jury verdict in favor of PCT International, Inc. on August 16, 2016.
Counsel for plaintiff in Metasearch Systems, LLC v. Expedia et al. in multiple patent infringement actions in the District of Delaware for use of internet search technologies in the online travel industry. During agreed stay pending district court litigation, represented patent owner in all related covered business method review proceedings and hearings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. A final settlement of claims was reached with all defendants after the conclusion of PTAB proceedings.
Represented the patent owner of metasearching-based technology in multiple covered business method review proceedings before the PTAB. Two of the PTAB proceedings went to final hearing and the related district court litigation was resolved after the PTAB’s final written decisions.
Counsel for plaintiff in Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. v. LG Electronics et al. in a patent infringement lawsuit relating to computer memory architecture and graphics processing unit (GPU) technology.
Appellate counsel for ATI Technologies ULC in appeals of inter partes review proceedings before the Federal Circuit.
Counsel for global e-commerce, merchandising, and online marketing firm in technology license dispute.
Counsel for national broadcasting companies in patent infringement cases relating to streaming multimedia content technology.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.: Represented Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., (Samsung) in a patent infringement lawsuit venued in the Northern District of California. The case involved allegations that Samsung's DRAM, SRAM and NAND memory products infringed six AMD patents covering technologies in memory architecture, processor micro-architecture, MOS-transistor fabrication and design, and user interface design in consumer products; and that AMD's x86 processors and graphics processing units (GPUs) infringed six Samsung patents covering technologies in processor micro-architecture design, and semiconductor fabrication and process control. After nearly three years of litigation and two rounds of mediation the parties resolved the matter shortly before trial, at the close of expert discovery and dispositive motion briefing.
Defense counsel for Best Buy in Helferich Patent Licensing, LLC v. Best Buy, a patent infringement case in the Northern District of Illinois involving social media and digital content delivery on mobile phones. A confidential resolution was reached prior to claim construction briefing.
Defense counsel in Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Best Buy, a patent infringement action in the Northern District of California relating to LED fabrication techniques in televisions. Secured a confidential settlement of all claims prior to the completion of claim construction proceedings.
Represented digital media company in a patent defense matter in the Eastern District of Texas relating to duplication of digital data transmitted via computer networks. Secured confidential settlement of all claims prior to completion of claim construction proceedings.
Lead counsel for respondent in application for asylum and withholding of removal proceedings before the United States Immigration Court. Secured grant of asylum in June 2015 at the conclusion of contested proceedings.
Pro bono representation of Tibetan monk seeking asylum in the United States. Secured grant of asylum from United States Immigration Court on political and religious grounds.
- Minnesota Chorale, Board of Directors
- Home and Community Options Annual Fundraiser, Performing Artist (2006, 2011)
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