Scott G. Ulbrich

Practice Focus

Scott crafts strategic protection for his clients' intellectual property assets using patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.  He maximizes his clients' opportunities in preparing and negotiating licensing and related agreements.  Scott also has extensive experience litigating intellectual property matters in the federal courts and representing his clients in contested administrative proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Experience and Technical Knowledge

Scott possesses a rare combination of transactional experience, litigation experience and technical knowledge.  Scott's experience includes development and management of intellectual property portfolios for clients of all sizes involving a wide variety of technologies.  Scott has also represented clients in numerous lawsuits and tried a number of patent cases to juries in federal court.

Scott has represented clients in matters involving a wide variety of technologies, including mechanical, electrical, software, computer, biological and manufacturing technologies. 

Advocacy in Contested Administrative Proceedings

Scott has extensive experience advancing his client's goals in contested administrative proceedings at the USPTO, including interferences, inter partes reexaminations, oppositions, cancellations and the appeals related to such matters.  Scott's rare background allows him to think like a litigator, have a detailed understanding of the complex technology at issue, and successfully navigate the complex framework of the USPTO's rules.


Scott has been recognized by SuperLawyers as a Minnesota Rising Star every year from 2007 - 2013.  Only 2.5 percent of Minnesota attorneys are selected as Rising Stars.

Prior to founding S|U|M IP, Scott was a partner at one of Minnesota's largest intellectual property boutique law firms, Patterson Thuente Skaar & Christensen (now Patterson Thuente IP).

Technology Areas

  • Computers
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Medical Devices
  • Physics/Mechanical
  • Software


  • Iowa State University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1997
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2000, cum laude


  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association


  • Patents Can Add Power to Many Firms' Toolbox, Upsize Magazine, June 2004
  • Patents as Business Tools: What Non-Patent-Attorneys Need to Know, Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, June 2003
  • Festo, Notice and the Application of Prosecution History Estoppel to Means-Plus-Function Claim Limitations, 28 William Mitchell Law Review, 1165, 2002