Nicholas J. Zepnick


Nicholas J. Zepnick


Nicholas (Nick) Zepnick is an intellectual property attorney, advising clients on the protection of valuable technology and the development of their corporate brands. He negotiates technology-related agreements, reduces risk in support of product launch efforts, and develops IP strategies that focus on business objectives. Nick is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practices.

Nick’s substantive work involves clients in the outdoor, vehicle, lighting, and concrete products spaces. He also negotiates material transfer agreements, clinical trial agreements, and other agreements in connection with the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical and medical device products.

Nick offers counsel with his clients’ needs in mind, a skill he honed through service as virtual in-house IP counsel for a Fortune 500 specialty vehicle manufacturer. An avid outdoorsman, Nick particularly enjoys representing several clients who produce camping, backpacking, fishing, and hunting equipment.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recognized among 2017 Up and Coming Lawyers by Wisconsin Law Journal
18 September 2023 In the News

Nicholas Zepnick Discusses the Value in Data Ownership When Considering AI Partnership

Foley & Lardner LLP partner Nicholas Zepnick is quoted in the Technology Transfer Tactics newsletter, discussing how to manage co-developed innovations and address licensing and commercialization issues as they relate to data use in artificial intelligence systems.
27 June 2023 Health Care Law Today

Protecting Innovations in SaMD & Biomedical Applications

With the ever-growing adaptation of software in all realms of health care, the market for software for medical devices is forecasted to grow 16.7% per year over the next decade and surpass $5 billion by 2032.
27 June 2023 Health Care Law Today

IP Contracting Considerations for Software as a Medical Device (SaMD)

Medical devices are increasingly integrating software, including AI models, which necessitates that stakeholders recognize the value of their IP.
15 May 2023 Health Care Law Today

Software as a Medical Device: Challenges Facing the Industry

We are excited to announce that this article is the first of a series addressing Software as a Medical Device and the issues that plague digital health companies, investors, clinicians and other organizations that utilize software and medical devices.
5-16 December 2022 Events

CLE Weeks

Please join Foley & Lardner at our Milwaukee office for this year's Annual CLE Weeks. This conference will feature six days of engaging speakers providing sessions focused on the areas of manufacturing, innovative technology, healthcare, energy, ethics, and beyond.
18 August 2022 Manufacturing Industry Advisor

Using Upfront IP Licensing to Reduce Future Supply Chain Disruptions

As part of our ongoing Supply Chain Disruption Series, Nick Zepnick and Robert Gentile examine how leveraging IP rights can help companies avoid delays by opening up alternative means of production.