Brett P. Belden



Brett Belden is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he counsels clients with respect to intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on patents relating to electronics and software. His experience includes patent acquisition and management, including conducting invention harvesting sessions; patent opinions; clearance and freedom-to-operate analyses; patent post-grant proceedings; and intellectual property due diligence. Brett regularly counsels clients on issues relating to patent-eligibility of software. Brett is a member of the Electronics Practice.

Brett has counseled clients in a wide variety of industries and technologies. Representative technologies include software and business methods; large-scale computer modeling and artificial intelligence/machine learning; autonomous vehicle technology, including autonomous systems utilizing LIDAR; vehicle electronics, including hybrid vehicle systems and software and imaging software; building management and HVAC systems; mobile devices and software; security systems and software; cloud computing; power generation systems; microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices; medical devices, such as implantable electrical stimulation devices and ultrasound systems; and other technologies. Brett's technical background includes work experience with industrial automation for a large, national food production company.


Brett earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2008. While in law school, he served as the executive director for the Intellectual Property Student Organization, president of the Moot Court Board, and note and comment editor for the Wisconsin Law Review. He received dual bachelor’s degrees, summa cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005, with majors in electrical engineering and computer science.


Brett is a registered patent attorney, admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also admitted to the Wisconsin Bar, the United States District Courts for the Eastern & Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Brett is a member of the board of directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section.