Brenna earned her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, with a concentration in patent litigation and prosecution. During her time at Iowa Law, Brenna worked as the executive editor of the Journal of Corporation Law (Vol. 48), served as a president of the Intellectual Property Law Society, and externed in the Special Litigation Division at the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. Before attending law school, Brenna earned a B.S.E. in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa.
While earning both degrees, Brenna participated in projects that gave her hands-on experience in the creation of innovative technologies, providing her with insights into the technical side of her IP practice. During law school, she was a research assistant for a patent professor and collaborated on the Iowa Initiative for Artificial Intelligence, a project that used advanced text analysis techniques to study judicial decisions in patent law. As an undergraduate, she and three other classmates developed an at-home biofeedback treatment method for pediatric urology patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Brenna was also an MCAT content programmer—writing, editing and programming content questions for MCAT Mastery, an app created to prepare students for the MCAT.