Brian Wm. Higgins


As an engineer-turned-lawyer, Brian combines a deep understanding of client's technologies and the law to help them advance their goals and enhance business valuation.  Whether it is working with the latest software products in artificial intelligence, pharmaceutical and medical devices, or touchscreens used in automobiles, Brian works with clients to strategically protect, enforce, and defend their intellectual property rights.  Brian has stand-up/first chair patent litigation experience in matters before federal and district and appellate courts.

Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) Technologies

In the field of AI, Brian has worked with healthcare, university, and other clients to identify and protect valuable innovations powered by AI technologies, such as those involving:

  • affective computing (artificial emotional intelligence), using physiological data and deep learning classification techniques
  • machine learning, using classification schemes for predictive analytics
  • natural language processing, using n-gram and tagging for processing textual inputs

Brian regularly writes about AI legal issues as the editor of the Artificial Intelligence Technology and the Law blog.

Life Sciences Technologies

With a background that includes evaluating technologies useful in protecting human health and the environment, Brian helps life sciences companies protect their inventions, enforce their intellectual property rights, and defend against patent infringement claims.  Some of the technologies Brian has worked on involve:

  • artificial intelligence-powered software for assessing, diagnosing, reporting, alerting, and communicating health information
  • generic pharmaceuticals and biologics (including navigating Hatch-Waxman ANDA-type patent litigation)
  • medical/surgical devices in fields such as ophthalmology and cardiology
  • health-enhancing consumer electronic devices
Outside the Firm

A former collegiate athlete, Brian is often spotted training on roads and trails in rural central Maryland chasing that elusive Boston Marathon qualifying time.


  • For university inventors, helped secure patents and copyrights related to artificial intelligence computer software inventions for use in the healthcare industry; these include event detection algorithms using natural language processing and other machine learning techniques for search classification. 
  • For a patent owner, represented before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a patent lawsuit involving mobile data collection devices.
  • For generic drug manufacturers, helped obtain patents and defend against patent and trademark infringement allegations brought by competitors.
  • For three Taiwan mobile telecommunications carriers, defended them in a patent troll suit brought before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
  • For a national weather content service provider, helped developed an extensive patent portfolio in the mobile telecommunications location-based services (LBS) market.
  • For a prominent book author, identified and cleared copyright obstacles involving publication of photos of famous individuals in the author’s memoir.
  • For Internet e-commerce and content/service providers, helped protect their online businesses with patents and other forms of intellectual property.
  • For an individual inventor, helped start up a new business from ground up, including procuring patent protection, incorporating business structure, negotiating employment agreement terms, and developing strategies for enforcing and licensing patent rights.

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  • Maryland Bar Association
Professional Activities

Brian provides volunteer pro bono services to clients referred through the Baltimore-based Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts organization.



  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • Arizona State University, BS
  • Johns Hopkins University, MS
  • University of Maryland School of Law, JD