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Brent Whitlock
Areas of Practice
  • Clean Technologies
  • Electrical & Computers
  • Mechanical & Electromechanical
  • Medical Devices
  • Software & E-Commerce
IP Services
  • Acquisition Due Diligence
  • Foreign Rights
  • Freedom To Operate
  • Licensing
  • Opinions
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Portfolio Management & Analysis
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Brent K. Whitlock, Ph.D. is a registered patent attorney and licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. 

Brent practices primarily in patent prosecution. Brent also counsels clients on all issues involving intellectual property, including copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and international IP protection. His recent patent prosecution experience includes software-based systems, electronic design automation, computer systems and networks, communication systems, laser systems, photonics, optics, digital cameras, electronic circuits, semiconductor devices, signal processing, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, aerospace systems, mechanical systems, combustion engines, nuclear power generation systems, and business methods. Brent works with inventors, entrepreneurs, and executives to develop intellectual property strategies and build international patent portfolios to protect their inventions. 

Brent brings an extensive technical background to the benefit of his clients. Prior to his patent practice, Brent has over a decade of experience in engineering, product management, and project/program management in high technology companies across the computer, software, telecommunications equipment, semiconductor, aerospace, and defense industries. Brent has worked in the areas of electronic circuit design and test, electronic design automation, wireless and optical communication systems, signal processing, and software engineering. He has also served on international standards associations, as a reviewer for academic journals, and as a committee member and session chair for technical conferences. Brent was a principal of RSoft Design Group (now part of Synopsys, Inc.’s Optical Solutions Group), a leading photonic design automation software company that licensed and commercialized software he developed as part of his doctoral work for design of optical interconnects and communication systems. Brent has also secured and managed numerous federally funded research and development projects.

Illinois Institute of Technology,
Chicago-Kent College of Law
JD, magna cum laude, 2014
JD Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property, Associate Editor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD, Electrical Engineering, 1996
National Science Foundation Fellow

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS, Electrical Engineering, 1993
National Science Foundation Fellow

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BS, Electrical Engineering, 1990
Highest honors

Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Addmissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Senior Member of IEEE: Photonics, Circuits and Systems, Computer, Communication, Consumer Electronics, and Aerospace and Electronic Systems Societies
Past Executive Committee Member, IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Nanotechnology Council
Past Chair, Santa Clara Valley chapter of IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics SocietyPast Chair, SAE Avionic Systems Division WDM LAN Modeling and Simulation subtask group
Speaking Engagements
Speaking Engagements

Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2015 Technology Transfer Program, Technology Transfer Tutorial, 5/14/2015