Scott D. Anderson



Scott Anderson is a partner and registered patent attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he counsels clients on a wide variety of intellectual property issues, particularly those involving patent and trade secret law, product design, licensing, and transactions. Mr. Anderson is a member of the firm's Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies and Green Energy Technologies Practices. He is also a member of the Food & Beverage and Automotive Industry Teams.

As a member of one of the largest intellectual property practices in the United States, he counsels clients and provides business-focused solutions relating to issues such as:

  • Creating, implementing, and managing IP strategy programs and portfolios for small, mid, and large sized companies
  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications
  • Assessing and managing IP enforcement actions and risk analysis projects
  • Negotiating and preparing IP agreements, including joint development, professional services agreements, and license agreements
  • Conducting IP due diligence and counseling for mergers, acquisitions, capital funding, and other business transactions

Mr. Anderson has worked with manufacturers and investment firms in a wide variety of technical disciplines, ranging from medical devices, sporting goods, automotive, food products and packaging, clean/green technologies, water technologies, software and Internet applications, and other consumer, commercial, industrial, or investment products and services.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Anderson was an engineer for a manufacturer of electronic and electrical products.


Mr. Anderson was recognized among IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). He was also recognized as a Global IP Star 2018/2019 by Managing Intellectual Property.


Mr. Anderson is a former adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School, where he taught patent and intellectual property litigation for several years.

Publications and Presentations

Mr. Anderson has also authored several articles on patent law and is a frequent speaker on a variety of intellectual property related subjects.

  • Presenter, “Key Intellectual Property Issues When Considering Design/Development Projects with a Contractor, Supplier or Customer,” Foley & Lardner LLP Milwaukee CLE Week, 2017
  • Co-Author, “Water Technologies Resume Growth,” Intellectual Property Today, 2014
  • Presenter, “Water Technology Patent Landscape," Water 2.0 Conference, 2014
  • Presenter, “Water Technology Patent Landscape,” The Water Council Quarterly Member Meeting, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Water Technology Patent Landscape Report,” Foley & Lardner LLP, 2013
  • Presenter, “Basics of Intellectual Property,” UW-Milwaukee College of Business, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Panelist, “Models for Open Innovation – A View from the Trenches,” Foley & Lardner LLP Annual IP Conference, 2012
  • Presenter, “Intellectual Property As Collateral,” Foley & Lardner LLP, 2009
  • Panelist, “Cutting-Edge Developments and Case Analysis,” VIP GlobalNet LLC CLE Conference, 2008
  • Presenter, “Considerations When Protecting Food Innovations With Patents or Trade Secrets,” Foley & Lardner LLP Food & Beverage Industry Team Webcast Series, 2008
  • Presenter, “Distinguished Speaker,” Marquette University Intellectual Property Law Review Annual Banquette, 2006


Mr. Anderson graduated from University of Wisconsin - Madison (B.S., mechanical engineering, 1993) and Marquette University Law School (J.D., summa cum laude, 1999), where he was a member of the Marquette Law Review and was the editor-in-chief of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Mr. Anderson is admitted to practice in the state of Wisconsin and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Community Engagement

Mr. Anderson previously served as president of the board for Broadscope Disability Services, a Wisconsin nonprofit that provides programs, services, and resources for people and families living with disabilities.