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Brienne S. Terril


Patent Attorney

Pittsburgh, PA


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Brienne focuses her practice on intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution and litigation across a range of technology areas, including computer security systems, encryption technologies, smart cards and biometric systems.  She regularly provides counsel on patent issues relating to product and technology development and has experience prosecuting and securing patents for Internet-based advertising systems, wireless communication systems, mobile device technologies, e-commerce systems, document production systems and security and encryption technologies. 

Brienne regularly conducts intellectual property transactional due diligence in an effort help venture capital funds, investors and purchasers understand the risks associated with investment in, or purchase of, companies that provide mobile communication devices, file backup services, insurance management software, computer security systems and healthcare management systems.  Brienne also  evaluates infringement issues and drafts patent invalidity, non-infringement and patent marking opinions for clients in various industries, including data storage media, robotics, medical devices, automotive parts and agricultural management systems.  Additionally, Brienne has experience negotiating and preparing technology transfer and licensing agreements, including purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, intellectual property assignments, software licensing agreements and security agreements and releases.

Brienne also conducts analysis of licenses governing the use and distribution of open source software, advises on the risk involved in incorporating open source software into proprietary platforms and assists clients in developing comprehensive policies for open source code compliance.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Brienne is a founding member of The Circle of Trust, a group dedicated to the mentorship, development and empowerment of professional women. She was also interviewed in a 2012 Athena Awards video nominating ATHENA Young Professional Award winner Christy Uffelman.

Client Resources

An Introduction to Legal Issues in Open Source Software
In this podcast, Brienne S. Terril shares the basics companies need to know to effectively navigate the risks associated with Open Source Software. 
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Practice Areas
Intellectual Property
Trade Secrets
IP Litigation
Patent Prosecution & Transactions
Post-Grant Proceedings
Fashion Law

Bar Admissions



J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2006

B.S., cum laude, in Computer Science, Bucknell University, 2003

Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania


Founding Member, The Circle of Trust

Chair, Writing Award Committee, Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association

Chair, Bucknell Legal Network, Pittsburgh Chapter

Graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc.’s Leadership Development Initiative, Class XVII

Graduate of Women in Leadership Class XII, Coro Center for Civic Leadership

Volunteer Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Barrister, Q. Todd Dickinson IP American Inn of Court

Board of Directors

Young Leaders Board, YWCA Pittsburgh

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