About Brian D. Burkinshaw

Patent Agent

Brian Berkinshaw Patent Agent

Brian Burkinshaw is responsible for the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the fields of biotechnology, mechanical, electro-mechanical and medical devices. He has been a registered US Patent Agent since 2009. In addition, Brian routinely counsels clients regarding the development and commercialization of their products.

Prior to becoming a Patent Agent, Brian enjoyed a successful 10-year stint as a Partner in a boutique VC investment firm, Path4 Ventures, successfully launching two spinal companies, developing biologic and hardware solutions for degenerated spinal conditions, resulting in the public offering and eventual acquisition of LDR Spine by Zimmer Holdings.

During this time, Brian also acquired his Patent Agent license and founded his own consulting practice counseling small businesses and entrepreneurs. Before joining Path4, Brian enjoyed a 20+ year career as a Design Engineer, Manager, Director and VP of Product Development in the medical device industry with Sulzer Orthopedics, where he was responsible for the design, development, testing and commercialization of numerous cardiovascular and orthopedic implant systems and other life-changing procedures. Early career experience also included engineering experience in manual and NC machining with Warner & Swasey, as well as high-volume production of threaded oil field tubing and casing for sour gas wells with Hydril Company.


  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology from Cleveland State University. 

  • M.S., Technology Commercialization – The University of Texas

Bar Membership

  • Registered Patent Agent – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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