Christopher P. Tebow, Ph.D

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Mitchell | Hamline School of Law
J.D. 2018

University of Arizona
Ph.D. Optical Science, 2005

Bethel University
B.S. Physics, cum laude, 1998

Bar and Court Admissions

Minnesota, 2018

Awards & Recognition

Mitchell | Hamline Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

Chris practices intellectual property law in Merchant & Gould’s Electrical & Software group. He focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. Chris is a former research engineer at 3M where he provided optics expertise to teams developing optical film products for the LCD industry.

Chris has always been fascinated by technology and science. He embraced that passion first when attending Bethel University in St. Paul to pursue a degree in Physics. He furthered that passion by getting his M.S. and then his Ph.D. in Optical Science from the University of Arizona. He returned to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he worked at 3M for over 13 years, providing optics expertise for several divisions regarding anti-reflection design, display surface optics, haze, clarity, transmission, luminance, color, diffraction, brightness, polarization, and spectrometry.

Research, Experience & Inventions

Chris brings to Merchant & Gould an expansive portfolio of optics experience and research. From developing several new products for LCD devices at 3M to winning awards for his scholarship, including a GAANN Fellowship while at the University of Arizona, he has been instrumental in many research and development efforts.

Additionally, with issued patents of his own, Chris knows the challenges facing inventors today. He uses his experiences in designing and developing unique optics inventions to better protect clients. While Chris can work with innovators from various industries, he focuses his efforts on assisting those in electronics and computer technology.

Turn to Chris for the Smart IP Strategy Your New Invention Requires

Innovation and creativity deserve protection. If you would like to speak with Chris about your patentability options or the best strategies to develop to protect your cutting-edge technology, reach out to him today.