Randall A. Hillson, Ph.D.

3200 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4707
Contact My Assistant
Jill Raboin
D: 612.371.5356


Ohio State University
J.D., with honors, 1983

University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D., Chemistry, 1980

University of Oklahoma
B.S., Chemistry, with distinction, 1976

Bar and Court Admissions

Minnesota State Bar, 1987
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1985
Missouri State Bar, 1983 (inactive)

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Awards & Recognition

“Patent Hall of Fame,” IP Law & Business (October 2003)  One of ten patent attorneys featured

AV peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Publications & Speaking

THE MODERN ART OF DESIGN PROTECTION:  Issues Relating to Design Protection After Egyptian Goddess, Managing IP Webinar - May 19, 2010

Patenting Green:  Issues Relating to the Emergence of Patents Concerning Green Technologies, The 2009 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute - September 2009

Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa: A Tale of Two Tests, The IP Book - September 2009

The Case Against PatentsNegative Perceptions About Patents, How They're Playing Out in the Law, and What It Means for Your Practice and Your Clients' Valuable Assets - October 2008

Bobbing around in the wake of Festo - Honeywell Int'l v. Hamilton Sundstrand Corp.; Prosecution Practice in View of the Broadening Definition of Estoppel to Application of to the Equivalents Doctrine, AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute - January 2005

A New Look at Global Design Protection: Strategies and Recommendations, The IP Book - October 2004

In search of intellectual asset management, Brands in the Boardroom: A Supplement to Intellectual Asset Management - May 2004

With his clients' intellectual property matters, Randy takes both the long and the wide view, asking how each patent fits in to the overall business strategy with an eye towards return on investment. He centers his practice around coordinating client patent portfolios with their business objectives, working with leaders in the business department to define and achieve goals.

Randy's practice areas include chemical and mechanical patent prosecution and general practice in copyright and trademark law, as well as intellectual property litigation. Randy has extensive experience in the litigation of patents in both the chemical and mechanical arts.

He has been writing and prosecuting patents since 1982 in diverse technical areas, including biodegradable polymers, polymers for coated abrasives and adhesives, magnetic recording materials, ceramics, metallurgy, coal processing, food processing, waste water clean-up, air pollution control, medical treatments, medical devices, chemical processes, air filters, fluid filters, engines, optics, conveyor systems, electrochemical processes, and photographic composites.