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Daidre Burgess, Principal at Patterson Thuente IP
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Daidre L. Burgess

Principal – Patent Attorney

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Daidre Burgess is a Principal and registered patent attorney at Patterson Thuente IP. Daidre’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution for both domestic and international clients in the chemical, biotech and mechanical technology areas. Daidre is experienced in handling robust intellectual property portfolios for established large companies, as well as crafting and expanding portfolios for smaller start-up companies and individuals.

Beyond patent preparation and prosecution, she has experience with freedom-to-operate, product clearance, infringement, invalidity and competitor landscape analyses. She also has experience with accelerated patent examination, patentability opinions and overall intellectual property portfolio management. Clients value Daidre’s appreciation for the business aspects of a project and her dedication to client service.

Prior to pursuing a career in law, Daidre worked at 3M’s Abrasive Systems division. During her time with 3M, she served first as a technical aide, performing testing and data analysis, and later as an advanced product development engineer for the Coated Abrasives Lab. She was a Green Belt for Six Sigma operations and led numerous cross-functional development teams focused on new product development, process improvement, and test method development. Daidre has the valuable ability to put herself in her clients’ shoes having been in industry herself; Daidre is the co inventor on two issues U.S. patents — US6758734 and US6846232 — that she obtained while working at 3M.


  • Agriculture-related compositions
  • Biomedical formulations
  • Click chemistry
  • CO2 abatement
  • Fuel cell technology
  • Green fuels and materials
  • Medical devices
  • Mechanical
  • Printing, packaging and lenticular technologies

William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota

  • J.D. – 2006
  • Honors: cum laude
  • William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 31, Staff Member


University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering – 2000
  • Honors: Gopher State Scholar
  • 3M Circle of Technical Excellence nominee
  • “Patentability of Nature-Based Products Derived from Nature Sources,” South Dakota State University Lunch & Learn, Brookings, SD, April 2015
  • Patents on the Fast Track, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, 2010
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • National Editorial Board, Thomson Reuters, Ideas On Intellectual Property Law
  • Life Science Alley Women’s Leadership Roundtable, 2014
  • Minnesota
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program, Volunteer
  • 3M’s Abrasive Systems Division
  • Coated Abrasives Lab, Advanced Product Development Engineer