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Piers Blewett is a patent attorney and principal at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. He is a Global Patent Fellow at the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and a former Chief Patent Counsel, General Counsel, and Vice President at Kimberly Clark Corporation. Piers’ practice includes strategic IP counseling, patent prosecution (US and foreign), patent validity, infringement analysis and opinions, risk assessment, global patent litigation, and IP due diligence work.

Piers decided to pursue patent law after working as a mechanical engineer at a platinum mine in South Africa. He explains, “I’m an engineer at heart and have always had an interest in new technology.” He continues, “As a patent attorney, I see lots of new tech. By definition, an invention has to be ‘new’ in order to be patentable so this puts us at the leading edge of technology – and I like that.” Piers enjoys working with inventors and engineers. “They are positive, creative people who think about their world and want to make it a better place.”  

In addition to technology, Piers is interested in music and extreme sports. “When I was younger, I played violin semi-professionally.” He can recount many adventures: “I have a sailing skipper’s ticket and was selected for Youth Worlds and Olympic Games (LA, 1984), was a rescue scuba diver, once bungee-jumped, once sky-dived, ran an ultramarathon, and now love going fast downhill on my mountain bike. New tech fits in with all of this!”

University of Cape Town
South Africa, Bachelor of Engineering, 1986

B. Sc. Mechanical Engineering (cum laude)

University of South Africa Faculty of Law

Pretoria, South Africa
1991, J.D. Equivalent (cum laude)

Cox School of Business – Southern Methodist University

General Counsel Forum, 2007

Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions
South Africa

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Federal Circuit Bar Association – Global Patent Fellow
American Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association, IP Law
Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, UK
Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association
Speaking Engagements
Speaking Engagements

Presenter, “Become a Great Business Partner as an IP Attorney”
 Technology and Patent Summit, San Jose, CA September 5, 2014

Presenter, “Global Monetization of Intellectual Property”
 Webinar, Atlanta, GA October 14, 2014

Presenter, “3D Printing and Utility Patents”
 AIPLA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. October 23, 2014

Presenter, “International Patent Monetization”
 Tech and IP Summit, Santa Clara University, San Jose, CA May 6, 2016

Presenter, “Foreign Filing Strategies”
 State Bar of California, San Diego, CA September 29, 2016

Presenter, “Adding Value in Patenting Open Source Software and Artificial Intelligence (AI)”
 Tech Summit, San Luis Obispo, CA November 30, 2016

Presenter, Alice – Some Unintended Consequences”
 Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA October 11, 2017

Presenter, “Patents 101 for Engineers”
 Tech Summit, San Luis Obispo, CA November 6, 2018

Co-presenter, “Understanding IP Due Diligence from the Investor’s Point of View”
University of California at San Francisco, Rosenman Institute, San Francisco, CA May 30, 2019

Co-Moderator, “IP for Medical Device Companies:  What to Consider During Fund Raising … Or Exit”
SLW Institute Emerging Tech Webinar Series, Minneapolis, MN November 7, 2019