Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Certificate Program, 2018
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, 2008
Lead Managing Editor, Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
B.S. Biology, summa cum laude, 2005
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2018
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2010
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2008
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2008
Minnesota State Bar, 2008
International Association of Privacy Professional (iapp)
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyer’s Rising Star, 2014-2019
Publications & Speaking
Trending Law, Navigating Intellectual Property: Securing Software Patents, Twin Cities Business Magazine, September 2019
On the Cutting Edge: Updates on Patent Law, Data Privacy, and E-Commerce CLE (July 11, 2019)
Hot Topics, Trends, & Updates: Cybersecurity, Patent Litigation Decisions, and the Implications CLE (July 11, 2018)
Ethics & Elimination of Bias for IP Lawyers Series – Part II CLE, (June 14, 2018)
The death of patent reform? Why Leahy's legislation matters, Lexology, July 9, 2014
Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc.: Induced Infringement Does Not Require A Direct Infringer, September 2012
To Mark or Not To Mark? Forest Group, Inc. v. Bon Tool Co. Changes the Game, Intellectual Property Today, April 2010, with Tom Leach
How to Try a Patent Case on a Budget...and Win, IP Law 360, April 23, 2009, with Rachel K. Zimmerman
How to Try a Patent Case on a Budget...and Win, Minnesota Lawyer, March 9, 2009, with Rachel K. Zimmerman
RIAA Tempers Tactics, National Law Journal, January, 19 2009, with William D. Schultz
Notes & Trends: Intellectual Property Law, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, September 2009, October 2008, and October 2007, with Anthony R. Zeuli
Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation: Ch. 75, Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Immunity in Intellectual Property, 2007 update with Ernest W. Grumbles III, with Matthew Bender, 2007
Certified Information Privacy Professional - U.S. Private-Sector (CIPP/US) by International Association of Privacy Professionals (iapp)
As an attorney who practices in all areas of intellectual property litigation, as well as data privacy and security, Eric prides himself on keeping thieves, trolls, hackers, and the government off his clients’ backs. In every matter, Eric makes sure he understands his client’s objectives and takes all relevant factors into account when offering advice, including legal implications, business impact, and budgetary restrictions.
Eric understands that, when a client calls him, the top priority is a pragmatic and affordable solution to that client’s legal issues. Rather than dive down a rabbit hole of legal minutiae, Eric gets to work collaborating with his client to resolve any issues efficiently and quickly.
Eric has also spent the last decade litigating complex intellectual property disputes, including cases involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, publicity rights, and unfair competition. Eric has appeared in Federal District Court’s across the country advocating for his clients. He involves himself in all aspects of these litigations, from pre-filing investigation through post-trial briefing and appeals. Eric has also represented clients before the Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark and Appeals Board.
Eric previous served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School where he taught the Intellectual Property Moot Court class and coached the IP Moot Court team. He also works with the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota to represent children who have been or are in danger of being removed from their homes.
Outside of the office, Eric spends time with his wife, Vanessa, and his daughter, Grace, playing with his dog, reading, gardening, and pretending to exercise.
Defended a large software and computer systems company in patent litigation against a competitor. The technology at issue involved procurement software used by numerous large companies and healthcare facilities. The case resulted in a verdict that the majority of the client’s accused products did not infringe the asserted patents.
Represented a multinational cosmetics company in trademark litigation against a beauty salon. The case resulted in efficient resolution of the matter on terms favorable to the client.
Represented a multinational cosmetics company in an action before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel a trademark registered by another company that was similar to that used by the client. The case resulted in cancellation of the contested trademark.
Represented a large HVAC systems manufacturer in patent litigation against a competitor. The technology at issue involved large in-line fans used in large facilities. Achieved efficient resolution of the case on terms favorable to the client.
The Last Guardian Trademark Abandoned, But Don't Worry, GameInformer.com, August 9, 2012, by Jim Reilly
Could Black Ops II's Setting Land Activision in Legal Trouble?, GameInformer.com, May 7, 2012 by Dan Ryckert
Blizzard Wins Court Case Against World of Warcraft Emulator Servers, GameInformer.com, August 17, 2010 by Phil Kollar
Getting the Legal Lowdown on Yesterday's Lawsuits, GameInformer.com, August 4, 2010, by Ben Reeves
The Activision Lawsuit: What It Means and Where It's Going, GameInformer.com, March 4, 2010, by Phil Kollar
DRM Firm Uniloc Files Suit Against Activision, Sony, Aspyr, Gamasutra.com, August 4, 2010, by Kris Graft
Is Duke Really Dead?, Game Informer Magazine, March 2010, by Bryan Vore