• University of Dayton, B.S. Electrical Engineering (2002) magna cum laude
  • University of Dayton, M.S. Electrical Engineering (2003)
  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, J.D. (2008) cum laude


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Professional Experience

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge John Darrah, January 2007-April 2007
  • Packer Engineering
    Intern, Summer 2006
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
    Sensors Directorate, Aerospace Components Division
    Associate Electronics Engineer, August 2003-August 2005
  • General Motors Electro-Motive Division
    Reliability Centered Maintenance Department
    Engineering Intern, Summer 2000, Summer 2001

E. Brandon (Brad) Nykiel

Senior Counsel

Brad Nykiel regularly advises clients on a broad range of intellectual property issues, focusing most of his practice on patent preparation and prosecution, clearance, and opinion work. Brad’s clients are leading companies working primarily on electrical, computer, mechanical, and electromechanical technologies.

Before entering law school, Brad obtained his Master’s in Electrical Engineering with a focus in radio frequency design, and worked as a research engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Research Labs. That experience serves as a foundation for Brad’s technical expertise, and for his ability to understand new technologies and relate to the inventors with whom he works and helps.

Clients appreciate Brad’s responsiveness and attention to every detail. He is known for thoroughly addressing his clients’ questions and immediate needs while understanding their broader business goals.  He keeps current on intellectual property law and adapts his practices to its frequent changes.


  • Managing Editor, The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, 2007-2008
  • Intellectual Property Law Certificate, The John Marshall Law School, 2008
  • Thomas Armstrong Award for Outstanding Electrical Engineering Achievement, 2002
  • ITA Collegiate Scholar Athlete All-American, 2000-2002
  • Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team Member, 2001-2002
  • Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis All-Conference Team Member, 2001



Admitted to practice: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • American Bar Association


  • ""RF Filters in SiGe BiCMOS Technology and Fully Depleted Silicon-On-Insulator CMOS Technology," co-author, Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems, pp. 163-65, Jan. 2006." Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems (January 2006). Author: E. Brandon (Brad) Nykiel
  • ""X-Band Low Noise Amplifier using SiGe BiCMOS Technology," co-author, Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium, IEEE, pp. 49-52, Oct. 2005." Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium (October, 2005). Author: E. Brandon (Brad) Nykiel

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