Bryant is a patent lawyer who has practiced patent law for his entire legal career. His work has covered a range of technologies including computer software and hardware, pharmaceuticals, and mechanical devices. He represented many Fortune 500 companies in patent matters while working at Covington & Burling, a large law firm of over 800 lawyers. Past clients include AstraZeneca, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, Texas Instruments, and Hewlett-Packard.
He knows how to obtain valuable patents because of his experience litigating multi-million dollar patent cases and drafting patent licensing contracts worth millions of dollars. He has gone to trial in patent cases with over $50 million at stake and has participated in many court hearings.
He holds a law degree from Harvard, an M.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland. He has worked at Microsoft, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He is an inventor on twelve issued patents and co-author of seven peer-reviewed scientific articles.Contact Bryant
Andrew taught on the faculty of Rutgers University for six years. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Computer Science where his thesis focused on the development of distributed systems and machine learning. In his undergraduate work, he minored in premedical studies and chemistry. He has both published and reviewed research papers in the area of distributed systems reliability, applied machine learning/information retrieval, and computer science education. His research has been funded by Google, and he previously worked at Ask.com as a research scientist.
He also holds certifications as a FEMA communications leader (COM-L), specializing in radio communication and data networks in emergency management, and as a National Registry Paramedic, providing advanced prehospital medical care on the state and local levels.
Cognition IP is a law firm dedicated to patent law. We come from big law firms, but saw an opportunity to use technology to increase patent quality, efficiency, and client experience. We offer transparent, flat-fee pricing.Contact Us
Our patent lawyers built their expertise at national law firms representing Fortune 500 companies. They joined us so they could use technology to deliver a better client experience. Cognition IP is backed by Y Combinator and major venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.
We build and integrate technology, like automated checking of formalities and form-filling, into our day-to-day workflow to reduce the risk of human error and eliminate unnecessary billing.
We offer flat-rate pricing so that you will never be surprised by your legal bill.
Custom Client Experience
Our flat-rate pricing and technology advantage allows us to spend more time on each matter to provide a custom experience to every client
Decide what IP to protect based on your business goals
Protect your inventions with an early priority date
Draft patent applications to protect your inventions
Evaluate the probability of obtaining a patent based on a comprehensive search
Evaluate ability to commercialize your invention based on a comprehensive search
Protect your brand with comprehensive trademark search and filing
"Bryant and Cognition IP ran a highly technical biopharma patentability search for us and were amazing. Ridiculously fast turnaround, clear and comprehensive results, and great walkthrough feedback after. We’ve used other IP attorneys before, but this was the first time we had a universally positive experience."
"Cognition IP developed our IP strategy for several computer vision patents. Besides being very comprehensive and having quick turnaround, they also spent a lot of time educating us about the patent application process."
"Cognition IP was a pleasure to work with for our freedom to operate analysis for both of our product lines. They were able to understand our complicated technology quickly and with little effort and time on our part. They combed through a difficult IP landscape in record time and provided us a work product that detailed each patent and the reasons for their FTO conclusions."
"Working with Bryant and Cognition IP has been great. They did some really thorough freedom to operate and patentability searches for us in a complicated med-device landscape."
"Cognition IP helped our firm accelerate our learning, create our IP strategy, and execute that strategy.”
"The Cognition IP guys are miracle workers. Andrew & Bryant took the time to educate us about the process, then took our hastily written draft document & somehow carved it into a beautiful gem, nearly overnight. They're in an entirely different league."
Life Sciences Patents
Life sciences includes pharmaceuticals, biotech, and medical devices. IP protection is incredibly important in these fields because of the expensive and long development times and need for defensibility to recoup the initial investment. Many VCs require life sciences startups to have filed patent applications before they will consider investing.
Unless you have a patent, there is little protection in the hardware space from competitors who can reverse engineer and copy your company's hardware product and sell it at a lower price. For this reason, patents are very important for hardware startups and can sometimes be necessary to attract outside investment.
Software touches every part of the economy, and a fundamental innovation in software can serve as build blocking used by others for decades to come. Approximately half of patent applications filed in the U.S. are now on software inventions, and about half of patent lawsuits in the U.S. relate to software. For these reasons it can be very important for software startups to know about patents.