Brian Hopkins

Special Counsel
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About Brian

Brian Hopkins' practice focuses on advising clients in all aspects of intellectual property, including the creation, protection, ownership, and licensing of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. He also counsels his clients on intellectual property issues in corporate transactions, as well as infringement and validity issues of patents. Brian has advised clients and managed patent portfolios in the mechanical, electrical, process and software areas.

Brian has counseled clients on intellectual property with respect to a variety of technological fields. His mechanical, electrical & software experience includes (for example) automotive, HVAC systems, energy systems, fuel cells, computer networks, laser optics, manufacturing methods including 3D printing, telecommunications, vending systems, internet retail software, and virtual/augmented reality systems. On the life sciences/medical device side, he has worked with DNA sequencing systems, artificial bone materials, prosthetics, blood processing systems, cardiac valves and implantation systems, defibrillators, and medical diagnostic systems.

Brian has also drafted and negotiated technology development agreements, technology/material supply and transfer agreements, and intellectual property licenses. He is also an inventor, having received a patent on a novel bumper-bellows assembly for automotive suspension systems (before becoming an attorney, Brian worked in the automotive aftermarket field).

Prior to joining Cooley, he was a partner in the New York office of Mintz Levin.


  • Co-author, "Printed Organs: Patent Eligible?" Daily Journal (May 3, 2016)
  • Co-author, "Swimming Upstream: Developing and Commercializing Diabetes Products in a Patent Protected World," Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology (March 15, 2013)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Intellectual Capital Management," The Health Care Technological Innovation Program: From Idea to Commercialization, Tel Aviv University (November 28, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Software Patents in the U.S. in view of CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2013) – A Guide for the Startup Company," IATI-BioMed Israel 2013 Conference (June 12, 2013)
  • Speaker, NEIBC Biomed Israel Reception, New England & Israel Life Sciences Connection (May 23, 2011 and June 15, 2010)
  • Speaker, Opening Remarks, AMCHAM Annual Awards Dinner, US Ambassador to Israel Residence, Herzelia (May 22, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Maximize Your Product Pipeline Through Partnerships," New York Biotechnology Association, New York, NY (October 20, 2009)


Pace University School of Law
JD, 1997

State University of New York at Stony Brook
BE, 1988