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Brenna K. Legaard

Brenna K. Legaard



  • Transactions, Licensing and E-commerce
  • IP Litigation
  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property

WSG Practice Industries



Brenna Legaard, a registered patent attorney, helps established and emerging technology companies in the medical, software, high-tech manufacturing and sporting goods industries create holistic intellectual property strategies that support long-term business goals. She divides her practice between litigation and transactional work. Whether through protecting innovations, licensing or acquiring technology, Brenna assists clients in developing strong intellectual property positions.

A seasoned intellectual property litigator, Brenna approaches cases with intellectual rigor. She has a unique ability to view her clients’ situations through a comprehensive lens, connecting dots and seeing patterns that were previously hidden.

Brenna’s strategic approach to working with clients hinges on a proven methodology and creative problem solving. She is skilled at diving deep into each client’s specific business model, technology and market landscape and then circling the wagons internally to align patent strategy with competitive advantage. She is relentless in her focus on doing what is in her clients’ best interest.

In addition to solid credentials and expertise, Brenna’s collaborative personality, energy and contagious enthusiasm make her easy to work with, and as a result, she maintains long-term relationships with her clients.  


"We choose Schwabe to serve our legal needs primarily because of Jeff Eden and Brenna Legaard, both are exceptional attorneys and advisors. They are trustworthy, more than competent, and incredibly creative. We wouldn't go anywhere else for litigation or IP support. Plus, they're both genuinely nice people that are fun to work with."

-American Medical Concepts

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • Idaho State University, Bachelor of Arts degree, International Studies and Spanish Literature (1994)
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (1999)
  • Idaho State University, Bachelor of Science degree, Biology (2000)
Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property | IP Litigation | Patents | Transactions, Licensing and E-commerce

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments


  • Successfully represented the plaintiff in a two-week jury trial asserting utility and design patents, including a jury verdict awarding total profits in the first design patent trial after the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Samsung v. Apple.
  • Represent Oracle in state and federal litigation against the State of Oregon concerning the development of Oregon's health insurance exchange (Oracle Corp. v. State of Oregon).
  • Obtained an $85 million patent infringement verdict on behalf of Smith & Nephew (Smith & Nephew v. Arthrex, 2004-2011).
  • Represented World Class Technology, a new market entrant sued for patent infringement by its largest competitor. Obtained a favorable claim construction and a judgment of noninfringement (World Class Technology v. Ormco, 2012).
  • Successfully represented disabled students and their families in a suit against Portland Public Schools.  Preserved and strengthened a program that serves children with significant disabilities, many of whom are recovering from trauma, are homeless, or are in the foster system. 

Transactional Work

  • Helped a Fortune 100 sporting goods company enter a very competitive and heavily patented field, find a path through competitor portfolios and hold off challenges while winning market share.
  • Represent physicians who invent novel therapy ideas and help them develop IP positions, form partnerships and license their technologies.
  • Helped an early stage medical device company position itself for investment or acquisition by reforming the global patent portfolio so that it was less expensive to maintain and better focused on competitive advantage.


Op-ed: Blockchain Has the Power to Transform the Patient Experience
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2019

Brenna K. Legaard is a registered patent attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Legaard wrote the following op-ed on the use of blockchain technology in health care.    When health care professionals and consumers think of blockchain, their minds very likely go to famous cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. But blockchain technology can be applied to so much more, including to the field of health care...

Additional Articles

  • OP-ED: Blockchain Has the Power to Transform the Patient Experience
  • Brexit Is Coming. What Does the Future Hold for Intellectual Property Rights in the United Kingdom?
  • Ruling Dismisses Antitrust Claims Against AMTSO
  • Schwabe Grows its Reputation as Top Law Firm with New ?Rankings from Chambers & Partners
  • Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit in ?the Past Week ?
  • Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit in ?the Past Week


  • Oregon Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference
  • NW Technology Summit, 9/19
  • Association of Corporate Counsel 5th Annual Technology Summit
  • IP Strategy Summit: Seattle
  • Evolve Your Startup - The NEW Global Workforce
  • Business Summit Mini-MBA
  • NW Technology Showcase 2016

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