Eric R. Chad

3200 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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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 Eighth Circuit, 2010
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2008
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2008
Minnesota State Bar, 2008

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyer’s Rising Star, 2014-2018                           


Publications & Speaking

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

As a litigator, Eric knows his clients can be overwhelmed by the adversarial litigation process, so he makes it a priority to educate them about the legal issues and expected timeline and address all their concerns. He loves getting favorable results for his clients and sharing in successes together.

Eric practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on all forms of litigation, including cases involving patents, trademarks and trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, misappropriation of rights of publicity, false advertising, and unfair competition.

He has successfully represented clients in all aspects of complex intellectual property disputes from pre-filing investigations through post-trial briefing and appellate work. Eric has also represented clients before the Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.

Though Eric's technical education is based in the biological sciences, he has litigated cases involving a wide range of technologies, including HVAC equipment, computer hardware and software, sporting goods, pharmaceuticals, and hunting equipment.

Eric currently teaches the University of Minnesota Law School's Intellectual Property Moot Court class and coaches the IP Moot Court competition team. During law school, he clerked in-house at 3M, doing patent prosecution work. 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 daughter, playing with his dog, reading fantasy literature and historical nonfiction, and playing video games.

Representative Cases

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.

Legal Commentary

The Last Guardian Trademark Abandoned, But Don't Worry,, August 9, 2012, by Jim Reilly

Could Black Ops II's Setting Land Activision in Legal Trouble?,, May 7, 2012 by Dan Ryckert

Blizzard Wins Court Case Against World of Warcraft Emulator Servers,, August 17, 2010 by Phil Kollar

Getting the Legal Lowdown on Yesterday's Lawsuits,, August 4, 2010, by Ben Reeves

The Activision Lawsuit: What It Means and Where It's Going,, March 4, 2010, by Phil Kollar

DRM Firm Uniloc Files Suit Against Activision, Sony, Aspyr,, August 4, 2010, by Kris Graft

Is Duke Really Dead?, Game Informer Magazine, March 2010, by Bryan Vore


All Media
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Ethics & Elimination of Bias for IP Lawyers Series – Part II
Merchant & Gould presents Ethics & Elimination of Bias for IP Lawyers Series – Part II  “Emerging Technology: Ethically Counseling Your ...
Business Issues on the Internet CLE
Join us for a complimentary CLE discussing the current trends related to the online marketplace as well as manage cyber-security issues that impact businesses. Synopsis  Learn how business and legal teams can work together to identify what ...
News Alerts
Impressions from the Heartland
The Supreme Court recently issued two opinions changing patent law in ways that will affect a number of companies in Minnesota.   Is it Good-Bye, Eastern Texas? First and foremost, in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods, the Supreme Court overruled 30 ...
Associate Networking Event
Connect. Relax. Eat. Drink.Wednesday, October 14, 2015 4-7 p.m.  The Bachelor Farmer 50 North 2nd Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55401 (map) 
The death of patent reform? Why Leahy’s legislation matters
LexologyAttempts by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to pass a bill that would rein in the activities of non-practicing entities—“patent trolls”—have been thwarted.  Senator Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, had introduced ...
White Papers
Akami Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc.1: Induced Infringement Does Not Require A Direct Infringer
Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc.1: Induced Infringement Does Not Require A Direct InfringerIn a per curiam opinion, a narrow majority of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, revisited the Federal ...
Call of Duty - Black Ops II
Click here to read article, including comments by Eric Chad
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Succeeds in Establishing Copyrightable Subject Matter within Software Used for Controlling Surface Mining Machines
Firm Establishes Copyrightability of Software Used With Programmable Logic Controllers on Behalf of Its Client Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that it successfully established copyright protection over the software ...
How To Try A Patent Case On A Budget ... And Win
Click here to read article co-authored by Rachel Zimmerman and Eric Chad in Law 360