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Adam Szymanski is an associate attorney at Patterson Thuente IP and a member of the firm’s litigation team. Adam’s practice focuses primarily on litigation of intellectual property disputes.

Professional Experience
Serving as a law clerk for a major medical device manufacturer, Adam gained experience with patent litigation and post issuance proceedings, as well as IP due diligence and analysis related to mergers and acquisitions. He also has experience on the prosecution side, having prepared and prosecuted patents in the areas of chemical, mechanical and medical device technologies. Adam also conducts invalidity, freedom-to-operate and non-infringement analyses for clients.
Prior to joining the legal profession, Adam was an engineer with Interfacial Solutions where he designed and conducted polymer extrusion, photolithography and electrolytic etching studies. He is a named inventor on US Patent No. 9,551,072, which describes a method for depositing graphene in a solution onto a substrate by changing graphene’s solubility. The substrate can then serve as a carrier to deliver graphene in further applications, such as melt processing.

Representative Technology Experience
  • 3-D printing and additive manufacturing
  • Advanced materials
  • Aerospace
  • Chemicals
  • Communications and networking
  • Data storage media
  • Fluid handling and process controls
  • Life sciences and biology
  • Mechanical devices
  • Medical devices
  • Outdoor sporting and recreational equipment
  • Nanotechnology
Case Studies
  • Represented client in the agricultural equipment industry – while the client was found to infringe a competitor’s patents, the jury awarded the plaintiff a small fraction of what was sought, and substantially less than the competitor was ready to accept as settlement.
  • Successfully utilized trade dress enforcement to prevent competitors from copying the distinct look of our client’s world leading magnification products.
  • Represented plaintiff in a patent infringement lawsuit over a consumer product, resulting in a court ordered permanent injunction against the defendant and favorable cash settlement.
  • Provided pro bono representation to the debtor in a bankruptcy case that resulted in the creditor’s complaint being dismissed.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 2015
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Law Review: Cybaris®: An Intellectual Property Law Review,
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • B.S. – 2011
    • Major: Chemical Engineering


  • Supreme Court denies petition to decide patent damages issue about entire market value rule, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, April/May 2019
  • TC Heartland and Improper Venue Waiver in Patent Infringement Lawsuits: The District of Minnesota Perspective, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, October/November 2017
  • Patent Freedom to Operate Searches, Opinions, Techniques, and Studies, ABA IP Law Section, Co-Author
  • Make America Innovate Again: Construing Patent Box Proposals in View of a Policy Mix Approach, Cybaris®: An Intellectual Property Law Review, Vol. 7, Iss. 2

Professional Associations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Member

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Volunteer
  • St. Paul Business Review Council, Member and Chair of Regulatory Subcommittee

Current Employment Position

  • Associate - Litigation

Past Positions

  • Engineer, Interfacial Solutions
  • US Patent No. 9,551,072, Inventor