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Carlson Pet Products, Inc. v. North States Industries, Inc., (MND), 17-CV-2529, January 1, 2020. Lead counsel for Defendant North States accused of willful patent infringement related to pet and child safety gates. Plaintiff Carlson Pet Products sought to recover damages and attorneys’ fees in addition to permanently enjoining North States from manufacturing and selling the accused products. Employing a combined U.S. Patent Office reexamination an...

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2001,

    cum laude

  • Iowa State University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1998,

    Omega Chi Epsilon

  • University College of London, Chemical Engineering Course Work, 1997
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2001
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Northern District of Illinois, 2008
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2003

Minnesota State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Association for Corporate Growth
American Intellectual Property Law Association

Law clerk for the Honorable Timothy J. McManus, Minnesota District Court, Dakota County

Best Lawyers in America by The Best Lawyers in America, 2021-2024
Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Rising Stars, 2007-2012


Fish-finder patent case is the one that got away, Minnesota Lawyer, May 2, 2019

Fish finder company Vexilar successfully protects patent, quoted, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, April 19, 2019

PTAB Rulings Show Potential New Way To Defeat AIA Reviewsquoted, Law360, April 17, 2019

Preparing For High Court’s Looming Oil States Decision, Law360, April 2018

Trade Secrets and the AIA: The Practical Considerations of Establishing Prior User Rights by Clear and Convincing Evidence, Part 1 and Part 2, Inside Counsel, co-authored with Emily Wessels, July 16, 2015

Three Fundamentals of Drafting a Petition for Inter Partes Review, co-authored with Brian McCall, IP Law Today, April 2015

What Features Matter in a Design Patent Case?, co-authored with Paige Stradley, Law360, February 2015

To Mark or Not To Mark? Forest Group, Inc. v. Bon Tool Co. Changes the Game, Intellectual Property Today, April 2010

One Year Later: The Impact of Seagate, Intellectual Property Today, December 2008

The Latest on In Re Seagate: Are Courts Restricting Plaintiffs’ Allegations of Willful Infringement?, Patent Enforcement & Defense, May 2008


“Judge delivers defense verdict in $72M trade secrets case,” Minnesota Lawyer, Jan. 29, 2018.

“A Sea Change in Patent Law,” Twin Cities Business, Aug. 26, 2015.