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Brett J. Trout, P.C. is an AV-rated Midwest law firm, offering its
clients the global perspective on Intellectual Property and Information
Technology issues. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Brett J. Trout has
serviced clients across Iowa and throughout the country for over a
decade.Brett's latest book, CyberLaw: A Legal Arsenal for Online Business, is available now on Mr. Trout offers a free 30 minute new-client consultation.


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  1. Patent Application: 40%
    23 years, 150 cases
  2. Patent Infringement: 30%
    13 years, 8 cases
  3. Trademark Application: 20%
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%



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Brett J. Trout, PC

516 Walnut St
Des Moines, IA, 50309

516 Walnet
Des Moines, IA, 50309



IAAuthorized to practice law199210/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentBrett J. Trout2001 - Present
Co-FounderGunderson, Sharp, Trout & Rhein2000 - 2001
ShareholderBrown, Winick, Graves, Gross, Baskerville & Schoenebaum, P.L.C.,1998 - 2000
ShareholderShearer, Templer & Pingel P.C.,1995 - 1998
Patent AttorneyDavis, Wine, Brown, Koehn & Shors P.C.,1992 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Iowa Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsDirector2008 - Present
ISBA Technology CommitteeChair2003 - 2006
Iowa Intellectual Property Law AssociationPast President2001 - 2002
Blackstone American Inn of CourtMaster of the Bench1994 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Polk County Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Grinnell CollegeChemistryBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Iowa State Bar Association Annual MeetingKeeping Your Corporate Website Out of Legal Trouble2008
Ethical Risks of Online Communications by Law Firms: Websites, Blogs and Online NetworkingOnline Legal Issues2008
Corporate Counsel/Trade Regulation SeminarKeeping Your Corporate Website Out of Legal Trouble2008
Central Iowa SCORE Monthly MeetingPatents, Trademarks and Copyrights2008
PCBA Monthly MeetingBlogging For Lawyers2007
Ethical Risks of Law Firm Websites and Blogs: Staying on the Right Side of the Ethics LineOnline Ethical Risks2007
e-Commerce SeminarAre Your Clients Blogging Their Way Into Court?2007
Des Moines Infraguard ChaptereDiscovery2007
BlogWorld ExpoOnline Legal Pitfalls2007
yBlawgThe Nuts and Bolts of Lawyer Blogging2006
eCommerce Section Annual SeminarCopyright in the Age of Grokster: New Rules for a New Game2006