Brenitra is a USPTO-registered patent practitioner who specializes in providing patent portfolio and prosecution strategies for a wide range of companies, from startup to one of the largest computer software companies in the world.
Brenitra has 9 years of experience as a patent examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and prosecuted applications in a diverse array of technologies. Some of the technologies included light emitting diode technologies, nanotechnology, liquid crystal displays, oil and gas, semiconductor manufacturing, and mechanical engineering. In this role she gained extensive training in court cases (i.e. Alice), the U.S. Classification System, the International Classification System, First to Invent Act (AIA) and the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP).
In addition to her work with the USPTO, Brenitra has worked in the Intellectual Property group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw, an AmLaw 100 firm. In this role she worked in a broad array of software technologies ranging from artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, machine learning, application software, and systems software. While at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw, Brenitra expanded on her training from the USPTO and developed successful strategies to successfully prosecute in light of Alice and various case law surrounding software patent applications. Prior to joining Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw, Brenitra worked at a boutique law firm, Hulsey IP, as a registered patent agent. During this tenure, she worked with startup companies to strategize and develop a strong patent portfolio in the fields of machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and the oil and gas industry. Her role also included working with foreign associates to successfully prosecute applications before the Japanese, European, and Canadian Patent Offices.
Brenitra brings a unique viewpoint from both a patent agent and prior patent examiner that serves clients well. Brenitra is completing her M.S. in Information Assurance, Vulnerability Management from Norwich University. She also has a B.S. in Physics from Jackson State University, and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.