Christopher P. Ziolkowski

150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.766.6025
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Juliana M. Hoffman

Chris is a registered patent attorney with a practice focusing on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications involving computer software and medical device technologies. Chris supports clients in enforcing patents, analyzing patent validity, conducting due diligence, and managing their patent portfolios. Chris also helps clients traverse obstacles to patenting software and business methods, such as subject matter eligibility challenges based on the Supreme Court’s Alice v. CLS Bank decision.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys programming and running. 


William Mitchell College of Law
   J.D., summa cum laude, 2014

University of Minnesota
   B.A. Computer Science, summa cum laude, 2011


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Minnesota State Bar
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Professional Affiliations

Board of Directors, Yinghua Academy

Awards & Recognition

MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2014-2015

Publications & Speaking


Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, Practicing Law Institute, 2020

Improvements to technology used in your business are eligible for patenting — it’s not your business (November 18, 2016) (with Bridget Hayden)

U.S. Patent Office Releases Further Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (May 18, 2016) (with Jennifer Spaith)

Sequenom, Alice and Mayo in 2016, Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property, Volume 22, Issue 26 (April 20, 2016) (with Jennifer Spaith)

Which Way From Here? Subject Matter Eligibility After Alice v. CLS Bank, Intellectual Property Today (February 2015) (with Ken Levitt and Nat Longley)

Motion practice memorandum published as example in a legal writing textbook. Debora A. Schmedemann, Et Al., Synthesis: Legal Reading, Reasoning, And Writing 201–207 (4th Ed. 2014).