As a patent and trademark attorney, Bret A. Hrivnak counsels clients on the protection of U.S. and international intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and domain names. Bret manages worldwide IP portfolios and develops global strategies for IP protection.
Bret’s IP experience includes prosecuting and defending disputes arising under state, federal and international laws, including proceedings before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Bret’s representation also includes preparing and reviewing agreements, including licenses, assignments, joint ventures and development agreements, supply agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and other intellectual property transactions. Bret also addresses antitrust issues that may arise in such transactions or otherwise during the course of his clients’ business activities.
University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 2004
Honors & Activities: Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
University of Akron, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2001
Honors & Activities: Published Thesis, “Influence of Notch Severity on Impact Toughness and Fracture; Behavior of Three Aluminum Alloys”
University of Akron, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1994
Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2010, 2014
Akron Torchbearers, Class of 2010
State of Ohio, 2004
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Institute for Creative Leadership, Board of Trustees, Member
Scanlon-Bell American Inn of Court, Member
Ohio State Bar Association, IP Law Section, Vice Chair; CLE Program Director
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
Cleveland Intellectual Property Association, Member
Licensing Executives Society (LES), Past Member
Scanlon Inn of Courts, Past Member