Patrick Burns always has a pen in his pocket. You can’t believe how often people need a pen but don’t have one, he says.
He’s the guy friends call to come along when they’re shopping for a new TV… or a new condo… or a new anything, really. He’s the one people ask how something works, because they know if he doesn’t know, he’ll find out. He always seems to have the right wrench.
When he worked as an engineering consultant for IBM, they sent him to India for six weeks, trusting him to hire 20 people, train them, and set up a new programming team.
You get the idea. You can trust Patrick – with your big idea, your invention, your ingenuity.
Patrick quotes Thomas Edison and believes inventors are special because they want to make the world a better place. He talks about intellectual property as personal and precious. It’s like a baby, he says, a huge responsibility.
He has a degree in engineering and another in law, which means he could easily speak in gobbledygook, but he doesn’t. Talk to him about a perplexing legal or mechanical issue, and it’s like talking to your brother – your brother who loves Legos.
Remember his name. If you want to write it down, he has a pen.
DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 2012, cum laude); University of Notre Dame (B.S. Electrical Engineering, 2005)
State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Contributor, “McGrady on Domain Names, A Global Guide to Disputes, Registration and Maintenance” (LexisNexis, May 2011)