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About Me

I am an experienced patent, trademark, copyright and business law attorney with offices in Princeton and Edison, NJ.  I am also a former patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  I help entrepreneurs protect their inventions, brand names, works of authorship and trade secrets for maximum competitive advantage.   Some of these clients come to me with nothing more than an idea for a new product or process (or for an improvement to an old one).    I also work with my clients to solve some of their most challenging  intellectual property problems.  Such problems can arise when a company:

  • chooses a corporate identity without first checking to see if another company is using the same name;

  • loses or discharges an employee who goes on to start a competing business

  • wants to sell develop or launch a new product in a “crowded” field

  • receives a “cease and desist” letter threatening action for trademark infringement

  • is offered a patent license by a company threatening to sue

Representative Projects

  • Drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications involving passive and active photonic devices, optical and wireless communication systems, semiconductor devices and fabrication techniques, communications hardware and software, business methods, and electromechanical systems

  • Established procedures for handling trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, reviewing invention submissions as candidates for patent protection for several Fortune 500 clients

  • Led effort to design around a patent portfolio relating to the use of erbium doped fiber amplifiers in optical communications network for a client

  • Developed and rolled out procurement and customer contract templates, and gave training to inhouse contract managers (front line negotiators with vendors and customers)

  • For one Fortune 100 company, served as “process owner” for all requests by staff software developers to use open source software – reviewing proposed use for compliance with company prohibition against using modules and libraries having “viral” or “copyleft” effect on proprietary code


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 26%
    25 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  2. Business: 25%
    2 years
  3. Patent Application: 24%
    2 years
  4. Limited Liability Company (LLC): 15%
    2 years
  5. Corporate & Incorporation: 10%
    2 years



Hourly ($175-300/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

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    Brian is an outstanding patent attorney that knows how to digest complex information into finely crafted and understandable patent applications. He is also one of those attorneys that knows how to turn mountains into mole hills, and provide business savvy guidance without unnecessary alarms. I highly recommend Brian as an intellectually property attorney.


    Russell Binns Patent Infringement Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Kevin Arnold Spainhour

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Kevin Spainhour Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Dinicola & Young, PC

475 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AmJur Award for Alternative Methods of Dispute ResolutionAmerican Jurisprudence1992
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerDinicola & Young, PC2013 - Present
Chief IP CounselGfK Holding Inc2009 - 2013
Division Intellectual Property CounselAvaya, Inc.2001 - 2009
Deputy Chief IP Counsel - Tycom DivisionTyco International1998 - 2001
Corporate CounselLucent Technologies/AT&T Bell Labs1995 - 1998
AssociatePennie & Edmonds1992 - 1994
Patent ExaminerU. S. Patent & Trademark Office1990 - 1992
Product Line EngineerWestinghouse Electric Corporation1985 - 1989
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Patent PractitionersAttorney Member2013 - Present
New Jersey State Bar FoundationMember1994 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember1992 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
91 F.3d 166N/A
419 F.Supp.2d 678 (2006)Arbitration panel's decision partially vacated
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyElectrical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1996
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyMechanical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1985
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Forum on Business LawDrafting an Effective Non Disclosure Agreement2014
Conference on Business LitigationMisappropriation of Trade Secrets2014
January Conference of the MCBAThe Perils of Operating an LLC without an Operating Agreement2013
Annual New Jersey Fireman's ConventionWriting Federal Grant Applications For Fire Districts2002
Annual MeetingConfidentiality Obligations and the Former Employee1995
Patent Prosecution ForumThe Best Mode Requirement1993