Brandon S. Blackwell

Brandon S. Blackwell, PhD

Shareholder, Executive Committee Member | Chemical & Materials Technologies
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  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, summa cum laude
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • JD, Suffolk University Law School, summa cum laude

Key Technologies

  • Chemical & Biochemical Processes
  • Energy Storage Devices
  • Aerogels
  • Microfluidics
  • Sustainable Environmental Technologies
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Pollution Mitigation
  • Water Treatment
  • Optical Devices
  • Semiconductor Processing & Electronics
  • Metallurgical Products & Processes
  • Composite Materials

Practice Groups

Admitted to Practice

  • Massachusetts
  • US Patent and Trademark Office


  • Boston


Brandon Blackwell focuses on domestic and international patent issues for clients in academia and industry, including world-renowned universities, start-ups and early-stage companies, and multinational companies. Brandon makes it a priority to learn about his clients’ business goals, which enables him to help clients build and maintain patent portfolios and implement patent strategies that support those goals.

Brandon’s practice spans patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings, freedom-to-operate and validity opinions, IP transactions and agreements, and portfolio management strategy. Clients turn to him for guidance with intellectual property matters ranging from strategically building IP portfolios to developing strategies for invalidating and avoiding competitor intellectual property to negotiating and preparing agreements that ensure valuable intellectual property is properly secured.

Brandon’s experience encompasses a range of technologies, such as chemical and biochemical processes and related equipment; electrochemical cells, batteries, and other energy storage devices; aerogels; microfluidics; sustainable environmental technologies including carbon sequestration, pollution mitigation, and water treatment; optical devices; semiconductor processing and electronics; metallurgical products and processes, including rare earth metal and precious metal recovery; and composite materials.

Brandon’s doctoral work focused on designing, fabricating, and testing a microfluidic fuel processor for portable power generation using MEMS fabrication techniques. He attended the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, where he worked for General Mills and Johns Manville. Prior to graduate school, Brandon also designed a unique emissions capture system for a Fortune 50 pharmaceutical company.


  • Build IP portfolios and counsel clients through all rounds of funding from Series A-Series E
  • Assist in the development and management of patent portfolios for early-stage companies and leading academic institutions
  • Handle licensing (both in-licensing and out-licensing) for clients ranging from start-ups to large corporations
  • Develop foundational IP for start-ups and supplemental IP for large corporations
  • Negotiate IP provisions for a variety of agreements to ensure valuable intellectual property is properly secured
  • Perform extensive freedom-to-operate analyses as well as studies on patentability, infringement, and validity for start-ups, mid-size companies, and multinational corporations
  • Develop strategies for identifying, invalidating, and avoiding competitor patents and pending patent applications, and for evaluating risk of infringement as barrier to market entry


  • Boston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Licensing Executives Society


  • Repeatedly named to The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Repeatedly named to the list of Massachusetts Rising Stars by Super Lawyers
  • Daniel J. Fern Award for graduating first in class from Suffolk Law School
  • Lindsay R. Breed Bankruptcy Law Book Award
  • Jurisprudence awards in Constitutional Law, Property, Corporations, Basic Federal Income Tax, and Environmental Law
  • Best Brief Award in Legal Practice Skills
  • Edward Vivian Award for exemplary performance at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Practice School
  • Eli Lilly Endowment Scholar at the University of Notre Dame


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