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Brian D. Hickman

Focus: Patents | IP Strategy | Licensing | Copyright

Mr. Hickman concentrates his practice on patent, IP strategy, licensing, and technology development matters. He has worked in the IP field since 1991, primarily advising companies in the fields of computer and software-based inventions. Sub-specialties include databases, digital video, search engines, personal digital assistants, smart phones, e-commerce, cryptography, and digital imaging.

Professional Background

  • 2000 - present – Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP
  • 1994 - 1999 – Private practice—Silicon Valley law firms
  • 1991 - 1993 – Private practice—Wisconsin law firm


  • 1991, J.D. – Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 1988, B.S. cum laude Computer Science – Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin – 1991
  • California – 1994
  • Georgia – 2012
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office

Publications and Lectures

"Patenting Software-Related Inventions Is Getting Easier" By Malgorzata Kulczycka and Brian Hickman, February 23, 2021

Panelist: “Recent PTO Rulemaking Proposals,” Licensing Executive Society and Silicon Valley Intellectual Law Association

Panelist: “A Brave New World: Patent Law Reform,” JRCLS National Seminar

Co-Author, "Dolby Laboratories amicus curiae brief, cited favorably by the Supreme Court in the landmark Bilski Decision"

Presenter: “In re Bilski - The Future of Business Methods Patents,” Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association

Author/Developer, "The Patent Polisher", a software tool for detecting and correcting errors in patent applications

Awards and Honors

  • Named one of the World’s 250 Top IP Strategists – Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine
  • Named one of the Top 20 Patent Prosecutors in California – The Daily Journal
  • Prosser Award recipient – U.C. Berkeley
  • Fellowship recipient – U.C. Berkeley
  • Presidential Scholarship recipient – Brigham Young University, Provo
  • Alvina S. Barrett Scholarship recipient – Brigham Young University, Provo