Brendan McLaughlin is an associate in the intellectual property litigation group. Brendan specializes primarily in patent litigation, and he represents clients that develop technologies across a broad range of fields, from semiconductor devices to genetic testing kits. Brendan has worked on litigation matters in federal district court, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the International Trade Commission.

During law school, Brendan interned as a law clerk for the International Trade Commission’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations. Brendan also interned as a law clerk for the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary where he focused on patent and antitrust issues. Before joining Ropes & Gray, Brendan drafted and prosecuted patent applications at a boutique intellectual property law firm.


  • Certain Networking Devices, Computers, and Components thereof and Systems Containing the Same, 337-TA-1298 (ITC): Successfully defended NetApp, Inc. against claims of infringement involving networking systems.
  • Certain Electronic Devices, Including Streaming Players, Televisions, Set Top Boxes, Remote Controllers, and Components Thereof, 337-TA-1200 (ITC, CAFC): Defending Roku, Inc. against claims of infringement in a six-patent case involving remote control programming technology.
  • WFR IP LLC v. GN Audio USA Inc. (D. Del.): Defending GN Audio USA Inc. against claims of infringement in a two-patent case involving headphone technology.
  • GODO Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and GODO Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v. Nokia Corporation (E.D. Tex.): Representing GODO Kaisha IP Bridge 1 in two patent cases involving cellular technology.
  • GN Audio A/S v. Snik LLC (N.D. Cal.): Represented GN Audio A/S in a declaratory judgment action involving six patents directed to headphone technology, and reached a successful settlement.
  • Express Mobile v. SAP SE (N.D. Cal., PTAB): Representing SAP in a multi-patent suit brought by Express Mobile relating to database, user interface, and website generation technology.
  • Natera, Inc. v. Genosity (D. Del.): Represented Genosity in a patent litigation case brought by Natera relating to genetic testing kits.
  • Natera, Inc. v. ArcherDX, Inc. (D. Del.): Represented ArcherDX in patent infringement cases filed by Natera relating to methods of amplifying and sequencing cell-free DNA.
  • A Global Leader in Medical Technology, Services, and Solutions (N.D. Cal.): Represented a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions in a trade secret, contract, and copyright case involving technologies for flow cytometers.
  • Gayle v. Villamarin (S.D.N.Y.): Successfully defended a pro bono client against claims of copyright and trademark infringement.
  • Roku, Inc. v. Universal Electronics Inc. (PTAB): Representing petitioner Roku, Inc. in multiple inter partes reviews.
  • Supercell OY v. Gree, Inc. (PTAB): Successfully defended Gree, Inc. from a post-grant review petition challenging a patent on §§ 101, 102, 103, and 112 grounds.
  • A Global Leader in Medical Technology, Services, and Solutions (PTAB, CAFC): Representing a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions in multiple IPRs relating to trans-catheter replacement heart valves.
  • Represented a global pharmaceutical company in a pre-litigation investigation concerning multiple biologics patents under the BPCIA.
  • Ropes & Gray LLP, D2021-0011 (UDRP): On behalf of the firm, secured a transfer of a domain name confusingly similar to Ropes & Gray’s trademark from cybersquatters.

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