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Peter L. Brewer

Peter Brewer is a native of the Permian Basin. He holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering and has many years of experience working on patent applications and technical problems related to the upstream oil and gas industry and energy matters. He is one of only a few attorneys in the country who is both a registered patent attorney and a degreed petroleum engineer.

Here is a recent article from 2018 concerning Peter’s Practice that was published in Rigzone.com

Peter is a former Brief Attorney to the Supreme Court of Texas. He is now a shareholder in the intellectual property group of Thrive IP®.

Peter formerly worked for a large national IP boutique in Houston, Texas where he wrote numerous patent applications for one of the world’s largest oilfield service companies (Weatherford) and for one of the country’s leading semiconductor equipment manufacturers (Applied Materials). He also previously worked for the full service law firm of Baker Donelson in their Intellectual Property Group. He has over 20 years of experience in various IP matters.

Peter has served on the Board of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association for many years. He is a frequent speaker at intellectual property law seminars including the 2020 State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Symposium, the April 2018 Dallas IP Bar Meeting and the 2015 State Bar of Texas Advanced Intellectual Property Law Symposium held in Houston, Texas. He has also spoken to numerous oil and gas organizations such as the Tulsa Society of Petroleum Engineers chapter and the ALRDC Artificial Lift Group on matters relating to patents and the energy industry.

Peter has clients wherever oil and gas is produced – from North Dakota to Texas and from Los Angeles to Lafayette. However, he has also represents clients in alternative energy technology including batteries, capacitors and photovoltaic cells.

Peter is an avid tennis player and is a long time member of the Professional Tennis Registry. He has competed in numerous adult tournaments and USTA leagues. He has a son who teaches tennis and who had a world ranking at the age of 19. Peter has served as a guest speaker at the International PTR Tennis Symposia in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and the national Tennis Industry Association meetings held in Orlando in 2017.

Peter has the privilege of representing a diverse collection of clients including a multi-national oil company, a local hospital system, hemp / CBD distributors, local doctors and a variety of oil and gas service and research companies in the U.S. and Canada.

Bernard S. “Ben” Klosowski, Jr.

Ben entered the practice of law after serving in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer.  During his naval service, Ben was an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, his alma mater.  Following active duty and prior to becoming an intellectual property attorney, Ben managed an electro-optics engineering center and also worked as a program manager for a computer systems company.


Ben represents a variety of clients in various technical areas, including computer, electrical, mechanical, optical, and electro-mechanical arts. His clients include automotive, maritime, energy  systems, metal and plastics fabrication, diagnostics, and medical device companies.  Ben has drafted and filed numerous U.S. and international patent applications including those directed to software and electrical inventions relating to cellular telephone technology, programmable logic controllers, software to control lasers for real-time chemical analyses of pharmaceuticals and consumables, junction box controllers, fiber optic components, and upstream oil and gas technologies.


Ben has served as outside patent counsel for the world’s largest oil and gas service company.  He has also prepared numerous patentability and patent infringement and validity opinions and other clearance opinions for his clients.


In addition to patents, Ben helps his clients protect their other intellectual properties such as copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, and trade secrets.  Ben has litigated intellectual property and related business issues in federal and state courts and at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as domain name disputes via the National Arbitration Forum.

Jeremy M. Stipkala, PhD

Jeremy Stipkala’s practice focuses on the areas of patents, copyrights, corporate structuring, trademarks, and trade secrets. Dr. Stipkala is a registered patent attorney and provides patent and other legal services relating to chemistry, fuel cells, industrial hemp, medical devices, and mechanical inventions.  Additionally, Dr. Stipkala manages Thrive IP®, a growing intellectual property law firm headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.


Dr. Stipkala has spent his career helping clients protect their intellectual property. He has secured countless U.S. patents, and registered a number of trademarks and copyrights for his clients. Dr. Stipkala has also participated in several major litigations relating to intellectual property. Further, Dr. Stipkala has assisted deals for corporate clients in matters of angel and venture capital investment, provided corporate structuring to manage intellectual property assets, secured tax credit qualification to preserve capital and investments, and managed world-wide intellectual property.


Dr. Stipkala lectures frequently on U.S. intellectual property topics around the world, and has served on trade missions to Israel and Europe. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.


Dr. Stipkala has been admitted to the South Carolina Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia Bar, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and he is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Dr. Stipkala attended Juniata College and Leeds University, England, where he graduated cum laude, earning his B.S. in Chemistry. He went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D., both in Chemistry, from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Stipkala went on to attend The George Washington University Law School, where he graduated with High Honors.

Alexander J. Gambino

Alex Gambino is a Patent Agent for Thrive IP®. Alex assists with legal research projects, the writing of articles, and the drafting of patent applications. Alex received a degree in Marine Engineering from Texas A&M University Galveston, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He also holds a minor in Maritime Administration. Alex previously worked as a Technology Commercialization Analyst for the University of Tennessee Research Foundation where he reviewed technologies from the University of Tennessee system, performed patentability and prior art searches, evaluated marketing channels, and made recommendations for the commercialization and licensing of those technologies. He has also worked as a Nuclear Power Operations Engineer in Camden, New Jersey.

Alex has an interest in power systems and energy storage devices. He recently graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law and is awaiting his bar examination results.

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