Batzli, Brian

Merchant & Gould | Partner & Chairman Emeritus

Brian Batzli is the current President of AIPLA and is an intellectual property attorney and partner at Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis office. He is also now Chairman Emeritus, having led the firm as CEO, Managing Director and Chairman from 2011 to mid-2018.

With more than 30 years’ experience in corporate and intellectual property law, Brian offers a unique viewpoint upon which his clients rely. Not only can he deliver all manner of intellectual property services, from licensing to patent prosecution, but he can also provide the strategic IP counseling companies need to remain competitive.

For over seven years, Brian led Merchant & Gould as the firm’s CEO, Managing Director, and Chairman. In this capacity, he emphasized delivering excellence at all levels of the firm and in all interactions with clients. His commitment to integrity, value, and deep technical and legal experience shone through in his work and in the firm’s efforts to remain a go-to source for strategic intellectual property legal services. Now, as Chairman Emeritus, he continues to serve the firm by supporting current leadership.