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Brad Sheer
Areas of Practice
  • Electrical & Computers
  • Mechanical & Electromechanical
  • Software & E-Commerce
  • Medical Devices
IP Services
  • Foreign Rights
  • Freedom To Operate
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Portfolio Management & Analysis
Bar Admissions & Associations
Published Works
Past Experience

Brad Scheer is a registered patent attorney with experience in technical litigation support and preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a range of technologies, including semiconductor-device physics, semiconductor processing, semiconductor equipment, integrated circuits, videoconferencing (including video and audio compression techniques), and medical devices. Brad has over 15 years of research and development, engineering, and management experience prior to becoming a patent practitioner. He has ten issued patents in the semiconductor field, has contributed papers to more than 30 semiconductor-industry publications and peer-reviewed journals, and was a featured speaker at various domestic and international technology venues. Additionally, Brad served two consecutive terms as Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board for the graduate school of engineering at Arizona State University and has served in various leadership positions with SEMI, SEMATECH, and ASTM (specifically, the F-1 Committee on Materials for Semiconductor Devices).

Brad is also an adjunct professor in the School of Engineering at the University of California – Merced, where he teaches intellectual property law for engineers and scientists.  He serves as a member of the school’s Engineering Advisory Board and is a Board Member of the Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board (ME-EAB) of the University of California. Brad is a member of both the Dean’s Advisory Board and the IP Advisory Board for Lincoln School of Law and has served on the 19-member editorial board of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal.

Lincoln University School of Law
San Jose, CA, J.D. with Honors
Dean Joseph V. Thibodeaux Scholarship for Highest GPA
Pat Tillman Scholarship
Wm. A. Ingram Inns of Court

Law Review: Editor-in-Chief
Outstanding Graduate Award, 2007

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN, M.S.
Thesis: Semiconductor Surface and Sub-Surface Device Characterization

Major: Engineering

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN, B.S.
Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Society
Golden Key National Honor Society
INPO National Engineering Scholarship Recipient

Major: Engineering (Emphasis in particle physics/material science) Minor: Mathematics

Concordia College
Moorhead, MN, B.A.
Major: Philosophy
Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Member, American Audio Engineering Society
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Member, California State Bar Association
Member, San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inn of Court
Member, Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Association (SVIPLA)

Published Works
Published Works

Scheer, Bradley W., “Indemnification for Patent Infringement under the Uniform Commercial Code,” 34 Lincoln L. Rev. 1, 2006 – 2007.

Scheer, Bradley W., “Extensibility of the Attorney-Client Privilege to Registered Patent Agents,” 33 Lincoln L. Rev. 75, 2005 – 2006.

Germer, T.A. and Scheer, Bradley W., “Polarization of Out-of-Plane Scattering from Si02 Films Grown on Photolithographically-Generated Microrough Silicon,” SPIE ’98.

Germer, Thomas A., Asmail, Clara C., and Scheer, Bradley W., “Polarization of Out-of-Plane Scattering from Microrough Silicon,” Optics Letters, 1284, vol. 22, no. 17, September 1, 1997.

Scheer, Bradley W. and Stover, John C., “Development of a Smooth-Surface Microroughness Standard,” SPIE ’97 Symposium, Scattering and Surface Roughness, Proceedings 3141, pgs 78-87, San Diego, July 28 – August 1, 1997.

Mulholland, George W., Scheer, Bradley W., and Goodall, R.K, “Challenges with Characterization and Detection of Reference Particles on Various Substrates,” Society of Photo-optical and Instrumental Engineers, SPIE ’96 Symposium: Flatness, Roughness, and Discrete Defect Characterization for Computer Disks, Wafers, and Flat Panel Displays, Denver, Co., vol. 2862, pgs 104-118, August 5-9, 1996.

Hirleman, E.D., Bawolek, E.J., and Scheer, Bradley W, “Light Scattering by Cylindrical Etch Pit Artifacts: Kirchoff Diffraction Theory and Experiments,” International Workshop on Semiconductor Characterization: Present Status and Future Needs, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, January 30 – February 2, 1995

Past Experience
Past Experience

Registered Patent Agent/Attorney, Schneck & Schneck, 2003 – 2008

Registered Patent Agent, Carr & Ferrell, LLP, 2000 – 2003

Director of R&D, KLA-Tencor, 1989 – 2000

Senior R&D Engineer, Atcor, Inc., Instrumentation Division, 1988-1989