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[Minneapolis, Minnesota – March 15, 2017] Carlson Caspers, a leading intellectual property law firm, announced today that partners Alan G. Carlson and J. Derek Vandenburgh have been named to the shortlist for Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s 2017 North America Awards for “Outstanding Litigators” in Minnesota.

The shortlist is based on information obtained over several months by a team of researchers in New York. Managing IP is the leading global resource for IP news and analysis, providing online information, a monthly magazine, research, web seminars and conferences, and is a publication of Euromoney Legal Media Group.

Alan Carlson’s 40-plus years of experience litigating on behalf of clients’ intellectual property rights have included jury and bench trials throughout the United States for both plaintiffs and defendants. Carlson’s litigation experience includes cases regarding copyright, contract, interference with contract, libel, patent, trademark, trade dress and trade secrets.

Carlson has a number of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in diverse technologies to his credit, including a $31 million jury verdict in an interference with contract case.  Recently, he and the Carlson Caspers team of lawyers won a $30 million settlement for a client in a patent case.

Derek Vandenburgh’s litigation practice at Carlson Caspers emphasizes efficient litigation management, successful dispositive motion practice and appellate work, and sound litigation counseling. For more than 20 years, Vandenburgh has worked on a wide variety of litigation matters, including disputes concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets and design patents.

Vandenburgh has taken a lead role on many claim construction and other dispositive motions, and has briefed and successfully argued a considerable number of appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys have established a reputation for notable success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

The firm’s attorneys are routinely recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their clients and peers, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Super Lawyers, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, Wired and other ratings agencies and publications, including Managing IP magazine.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – December 28, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Scholarship Program for 2017. The program will provide up to two $5,000 scholarships to prospective law students who are pursuing or have obtained a degree in a technical or scientific discipline and who are committed to practicing intellectual property law in Minnesota. Scholarship recipients will also be considered for a paid internship at Carlson Caspers during the summer prior to entering law school and for a paid clerkship during the summers after their first and second years of law school.

“We are committed to fostering the pipeline of promising intellectual property lawyers from every part of our community,” said Carlson Caspers founding partner Alan G. Carlson. “We are a firm of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. That not only makes for a vibrant work environment, it makes us better able to understand and serve our clients, their businesses, and their technologies. We look forward to the talent and energy of the 2017 class of scholarship winners and the new perspectives they will bring to our practice.”

To be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship, a student must have earned or expect to earn by 2017 a degree in engineering, chemistry, physics, life sciences, pharmacy, or computer science, and have been accepted and will attend an ABA-accredited law school beginning in the fall of 2017. The applicant also must intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities and must not be the recipient of any other diversity scholarship awarded by another law firm.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 1, 2017. For more information about the scholarship, eligibility requirements and the application process, please click here.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Super Lawyers, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, Wired and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – December 21, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that partner Tara C. Norgard and The Latino Legal Experience Team have been named Attorneys of the Year 2016 by Minnesota Lawyer, in the team category. The team will be profiled in the publication’s Attorneys of the Year magazine and will be honored at a dinner event to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis on February 16, 2017.

In addition to Norgard, the Latino Legal Experience Team included Gerardo Alcazar, Ann Anaya, Bryan Browning, William Otteson, Nelson Peralta and Lola Velazquez-Aguilu, as well as U.S. District Court Senior Judge Ann D. Montgomery, Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr. of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan of the Second Judicial District of Minnesota. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (for which Norgard serves as president), the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the October 2016 program brought 100 middle and high school students of Latino heritage to the Minnesota History Museum to engage with leading judges and lawyers from the Latino community.

The centerpiece of the event featured U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who engaged in a dialogue with students about what it was like for her, and what it is like for them, growing up as a Latino in the United States. The program also included a special exhibit of banners with stories and photos of the Latino community and its history in Minnesota, and a documentary film about the personal and professional stories of Latino judges and attorneys in Minnesota. Ten students were honored as winners of a scholarship contest, for which participants submitted works of art, poetry and essays reflecting what being Latino in Minnesota meant to them.

Minnesota Lawyer’s outside panel selected attorney of the year honorees on the basis of leadership in the profession, service excellence, and public service, among other criteria. Nominations were submitted by judges, bar groups, clients and attorneys.

Norgard focuses her practice on patent cases and complex litigation involving medical devices, financial systems, consumer goods and other technologies. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts and arbitrations around the country and helped negotiate multimillion-dollar, client-favorable settlements.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – December 7, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to welcome two new associates, Shelleaha L. Jonas and Bradley W. Micsky.

Jonas is a licensed pharmacist who earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law school and her doctorate in pharmacy, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology, society and environment from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Micsky joined the firm after serving as assistant general counsel at a multinational technology company. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law and graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – November 18, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, recently sponsored the 2016 Gala Celebration of the American Friends of Rabin Medical Center (AFRMC). Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the founding of Rabin Medical Center in Israel, the event was held in New York City on Tuesday, November 15, at Cipriani 42nd Street. A portion of all funds raised will help benefit AFRMC’s mission to support the charitable, educational and scientific initiatives of Rabin Medical Center, which serves one million patients annually without regard to ethnicity, nationality or religion.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – November 01, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is honored to be a sponsor of the 2016 Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) Foundation Scholarship Gala. The event will be held Saturday, November 12, in the Grand Ballroom of Marriott City Center in Minneapolis and will feature a keynote address by U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison, who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will be honored with the Profiles in Courage Award and Ben I. Omorogbe, Vice President and Associate Group General Counsel of the Travelers Companies, Inc., will be the recipient of MABL’s President’s Award. Carlson Caspers’ sponsorship of this celebratory evening will help fund MABL’s scholarship program for students attending local law schools.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – November 1, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that it has once again been named a Tier 1 law firm by U.S. News-Best Lawyers® in its 2017 list of “Best Law Firms.” As in previous years, Carlson Caspers has received the highest listings possible in the areas of Litigation-Intellectual Property and Litigation-Patent for the Minneapolis metropolitan region.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote and lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, as well as the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL, and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – October 21, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to serve as a sponsor of the Benefit for Innocence, to be held November 10, 2016, at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis. The Benefit is the primary annual fundraiser for the Innocence Project of Minnesota, which represents people who have been wrongfully convicted for crimes they did not commit. Together with the Innocence Network, the organization has helped free hundreds of innocent people through DNA exonerations and reinvestigations of cases. Carlson Caspers is proud to play a role in the success of this annual event.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – October 18, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is honored to serve as a VIP Sponsor of the 2016 Annual Dinner to benefit the Science Museum of Minnesota. This year’s event will be held on October 27, 2016 at the Science Museum in downtown St. Paul. Carlson Caspers is pleased to help support the museum’s mission to inspire learning, inform policy, and use the power of science to improve lives.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – September 22, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is honored to continue its tradition of sponsoring the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s (MHIF) annual Heartbeat Gala. This year’s Heartbeat Gala will be held on October 1, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, and will center on the themes of innovation and discovery and on raising funds to help establish a Valve Science Center at MHIF. The goals of the Valve Science Center include improving access to high-quality care for undertreated populations with valvular heart disease, developing novel therapies and care pathways, and public education. Carlson Caspers is proud to play an ongoing role in the success of this annual event.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – September 19, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is honored to be a gold-level sponsor of the 2016 Annual Gala of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA). The event will be held Wednesday, September 28, at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel and will feature a keynote address by Target Corp. Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Don Liu. The firm’s sponsorship of this celebratory evening will help fund MNAPABA’s active and robust programming for the 2016-2017 bar year.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – September 15, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2016 Midwest IP Institute. Organized by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, the event will be held September 22 and 23, 2016, at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center in Minneapolis.

Partner Samuel T. Lockner will serve as co-moderator of the discussion “Ask Questions First, Then File: The Importance of Pre-Suit Investigation,” on Thursday, September 22, which will focus on issues a patent owner should take into consideration prior to filing a patent lawsuit. Carlson Caspers will also be providing six event registrations on behalf of its clients.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – September 15, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that Intellectual Asset Management has named the firm and four of its partners — Alan G. Carlson, Philip P. Caspers, Timothy A. Lindquist and J. Derek Vandenburgh — to the publication’s 2016 IAM Patent 1000 in the category “Litigation.”

In this most recent edition of the IAM Patent 1000, Carlson Caspers is described as “best known for its patent litigation prowess.” The firm is further praised for its “strong following within the generic community,” with the editors also noting that “[i]t capitalises on plenty of opportunities outside the life sciences space, too; a concentration of Minnesota-based companies across multiple sectors regularly come calling when their innovations are threatened.”

Carlson has more than 40 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in jury and bench trials throughout the United States in almost every sort of intellectual property case. He has won a number of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in diverse technologies, and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. A client quoted in IAM Patent 1000 says about Carlson, “He knows all the tricks of the trade and, ultimately, how to prevail… [he] is a worthy adversary who focuses on all the right things.”

Caspers has more than 27 years of experience concentrated on litigating patent portfolios. Leveraging a technology background and real world experience, he brings sound business judgment to every case and excels at credibly transforming the analysis of complex technology and patent issues into easy to understand arguments. He advises clients in all phases of patent cases, including Markman hearings, dispositive motions, post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, district court trials, and appeals before the Federal Circuit. The IAM Patent 1000 editorial team says about Caspers, “Nearly 30 years of standout results adorn the rich CV of this commercially savvy operator.”

Lindquist focuses his practice on patent disputes, including all phases of patent litigation in federal district and appellate courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration forums. He also conducts infringement and validity studies and develops business plans for patent portfolios. The editors of IAM Patent 1000 note that he “isn’t just a litigator, though — he is an astute strategic counsellor with a great bedside manner.”

Vandenburgh emphasizes efficient litigation management, successful dispositive motion practice and appellate work, and sound litigation counseling. He has advised clients on various matters, including disputes concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets and design patents, claim construction, and appeals before the Federal Circuit. In the IAM Patent 1000, clients describe him as “just awesome” and say “what stands out is how client oriented he is.”

IAM identifies the top patent practitioners in key jurisdictions around the globe. The IAM Patent 1000 is compiled following an extensive research process that includes more than 1500 interviews with attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on leading players in the field. Only those individuals identified by market sources for their exceptional skill sets and profound insights into patent matters feature in the IAM Patent 1000. Firms qualify for a listing on the basis of their depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically engaged.

In addition to IAM Patent 1000, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, Corp INTLForbes Legal Black Book, and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is honored to be a sponsor of the 2016 Volunteer Lawyers Network 50th Anniversary Riverfront Celebration, to be held Thursday, September 15, at the Nicollet Island Park Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a Friend of VLN, the firm is pleased to honor the organization for its half century of work providing civil legal services to and promoting the basic human needs of low-income people through volunteer attorneys.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – August 16, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that six of its partners have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in their respective legal disciplines. Alan G. Carlson, Philip P. Caspers, Timothy A. Lindquist, Tara C. Norgard, J. Derek Vandenburgh and Douglas J. Williams have all been named in the field of Litigation – Intellectual Property (Minneapolis). Caspers, Lindquist, Vandenburgh, and Williams also are ranked by Best Lawyers® in Litigation – Patent (Minneapolis).

Carlson has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991, and has more than 40 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in jury and bench trials throughout the United States in almost every sort of intellectual property case. In 2010, Best Lawyers named Carlson “Lawyer of the Year 2010, Intellectual Property Law (Minnesota).” He has won a number of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in diverse technologies, and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Caspers, listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2001, has more than 27 years of experience concentrated on litigating patent portfolios. In 2016, Best Lawyers named Caspers “Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Patent (Minneapolis).” Leveraging a technology background and real world experience, he brings sound business judgment to every case and excels at credibly transforming the analysis of complex technology and patent issues into easy to understand arguments. He advises clients in all phases of patent cases, including Markman hearings, dispositive motions, post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, district court trials, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Lindquist has been named to The Best Lawyers in America since 2007 and focuses his practice on patent disputes, including all phases of patent litigation in federal district and appellate courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration forums. He also conducts infringement and validity studies, and develops business plans for patent portfolios.

Norgard, listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2015, is a litigator who focuses on patent cases and complex litigation involving medical devices, financial systems, consumer goods, and other technologies. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts, and arbitrations across the country, and helped negotiate multimillion-dollar, client-favorable settlements.

Vandenburgh has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007. In 2016, Best Lawyers named Vandenburgh “Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Intellectual Property (Minneapolis).” His practice emphasizes efficient litigation management, successful dispositive motion practice and appellate work, and sound litigation counseling. He has litigated a wide variety of matters, including disputes concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets and design patents, claim construction, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Williams, listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995, focuses on litigation involving medical device, biotechnology, chemical, software, semiconductor, and business method patents. He has tried dozens of intellectual property cases across the nation and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and more than 13 million votes have been received to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

In addition to The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – July 5, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that eleven of its partners have been included in the 2016 Super Lawyers Business Edition. Alan G. Carlson, Philip P. Caspers, J. Derek Vandenburgh, Timothy A. Lindquist, Mark D. Schuman, Dennis C. Bremer, Jeffer Ali, Samuel A. Hamer, Tara C. Norgard, and Todd S. Werner have been named as top lawyers in Intellectual Property-Litigation, and Douglas J. Williams has been included in the list of top lawyers in Intellectual Property.

Carlson has more than 40 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in jury and bench trials throughout the United States in almost every sort of intellectual property case. He has won a number of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in diverse technologies, and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Caspers has more than 27 years of experience concentrated on litigating patent portfolios. Leveraging a technology background and real world experience, he brings sound business judgment to every case and excels at credibly transforming the analysis of complex technology and patent issues into easy to understand arguments. He advises clients in all phases of patent cases, including Markman hearings, dispositive motions, post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, district court trials, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Vandenburgh’s practice emphasizes efficient litigation management, successful dispositive motion practice and appellate work, and sound litigation counseling. He has litigated a wide variety of matters, including disputes concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets and design patents, claim construction, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Lindquist focuses his practice on patent disputes, including all phases of patent litigation in federal, district, and appellate courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration forums. He also conducts infringement and validity studies, and develops business plans for patent portfolios.

Schuman’s practice encompasses contested matters in the U.S. district courts, state courts, and administrative agencies. He has participated in numerous district court trials to the bench, and to juries on matters related to patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights. He also has participated in numerous Markman hearings.

Bremer has 20 years of litigation experience. His practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on patent and trade secret litigation. Early in his career, he utilized his electrical engineering and computer science background to assist in creating and developing patent portfolios for his clients.

Ali is a litigator who advises and represents clients in intellectual property matters, with particular emphasis in the life sciences. Having obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and practiced as a pharmacist before attending law school, he has represented some of the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical companies in generic pharmaceutical ANDA patent litigation.

Hamer focuses on patent litigation and counseling. He has worked with leading technology companies in developing domestic and international enforcement strategies that involve complex technologies. He also negotiates complex patent licenses, advises on developing and managing IP portfolios, conducts infringement and validity studies and opinions, and provides due diligence and counseling on intellectual property issues in mergers and acquisitions.

Norgard is a litigator who focuses on patent cases and complex litigation involving medical devices, financial systems, consumer goods, and other technologies. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts, and arbitrations across the country, and helped negotiate multimillion-dollar, client-favorable settlements.

Werner practices complex commercial litigation, focusing on patent, trade secret, and trademark litigation. Leveraging his biochemistry background, he has extensive experience representing generic pharmaceutical companies, challenging the patent rights of their competitors through ANDA litigation as well as nutraceutical companies engaged in patent disputes.

Williams focuses on litigation involving medical device, biotechnology, chemical, software, semiconductor, and business method patents. He has tried dozens of intellectual property cases across the nation, and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in Super Lawyers Business Edition, as well as The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, Wired, and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – May 11, 2016] Carlson Caspers recently won another major victory for its client, Exmark Manufacturing Co., a Beatrice, Nebraska-based division of The Toro Company, a global provider of outdoor solutions and equipment headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. Last September, a jury in the United States District Court in Omaha awarded Exmark more than $24.2 million for Briggs & Stratton’s willful infringement of Exmark’s patent directed to an improved commercial lawnmower. That jury award was reported as one of the largest in Nebraska history.

Now, after post-trial hearings and argument, Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon has doubled the jury’s award in light of the willful nature of Briggs & Stratton’s infringement. Judge Bataillon further awarded Exmark prejudgment and postjudgment interest, as well as the costs associated with the lawsuit. Significantly, he also denied a series of post-trial motions filed by Briggs & Stratton, including a request for a new trial. In total, Carlson Caspers secured a final judgment for Exmark of more than $50 million.

Carlson Caspers worked closely with Exmark’s in-house counsel to prepare the case, present the case at trial, and argue post-trial motions. The Carlson Caspers team was led by Derek Vandenburgh and included Joe Winkels and Alex Rinn.

The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, Wired and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – May 09, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is honored to sponsor the 2016 Spring Meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), to be held May 18-20 at the Hilton Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a Bronze Sponsor of the Technology Center, the firm will help provide a special area within the hotel in which attendees can check for and respond to email and handle ongoing business issues without leaving the main conference space. Carlson Caspers is proud to play a role in making this event a success.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Forbes Legal Black Book, Corporate INTL and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – May 2, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that three of its partners — Alan G. Carlson, Philip P. Caspers and J. Derek Vandenburgh — have been named 2016 “IP Stars” by Managing IP magazine, a publication of Euromoney Legal Media Group. During the publication’s North America Awards 2016 dinner, held on March 17 at the Four Seasons in Washington, DC, Vandenburgh also was honored for individual achievement and named Outstanding IP Litigator–Minnesota.

Drawing on thousands of interviews and surveys with industry clients and peers, IP Stars identifies the leading intellectual property attorneys in more than 70 jurisdictions across the United States and around the world, including the most active for IP protection, exploitation and enforcement.

Carlson has more than 40 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in jury and bench trials throughout the United States in almost every sort of intellectual property case. He has won a number of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in diverse technologies, and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Caspers has more than 28 years of experience concentrated on litigating patent portfolios. Leveraging a technology background and real-world experience, he brings sound business judgment to every case and excels at credibly transforming the analysis of complex technology and patent issues into easy-to-understand arguments. He advises clients in all phases of patent cases, including Markman hearings, dispositive motions, post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, district court trials, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Vandenburgh emphasizes efficient litigation management, successful dispositive motion practice and appellate work, and sound litigation counseling. He has litigated a wide variety of matters, including disputes concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets and design patents, claim construction, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Each year, IP Stars obtain information from law firms and IP agencies, and their clients, through surveys and interviews. The research team scrutinizes the information and conducts its own independent research before producing the firm ranking tables and list of leading IP practitioners. The IP Stars handbooks are distributed to the worldwide readership of Managing IP magazine and at leading industry events.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in the IP Stars list of Managing IP as well as The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – March 18, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm based in Minneapolis, is pleased to announce that Tara C. Norgard has been included in Super Lawyers’ list of 2016 “Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers.” Norgard has also, and once again, been named a Super Lawyer in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading news and information company. The list of top 50 women lawyers in Minnesota includes those attorneys who have achieved the highest research scores based on Super Lawyers’ proprietary process.

Carlson Caspers lawyers Sarah M. Stensland, Alexandra J. Olson and Jennell C. Bilek have again been named Rising Stars in Intellectual Property Litigation. All four firm lawyers appear in the most recent list of “Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota” published in the April 2016 issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

Norgard focuses her practice on patent cases and complex litigation involving medical devices, financial systems, consumer goods and other technologies. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts and arbitrations countrywide and helped negotiate multimillion-dollar, client-favorable settlements.

Stensland practices intellectual property law with a focus on patent litigation, using her background in chemical engineering to develop a solid command of her clients’ technologies and help businesses understand and protect the full market value of their products and processes. She represents U.S.-based and multinational corporations in patent infringement actions, with an emphasis on defending generic pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman (ANDA) litigation, as well as in trademark infringement matters.

Olson practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent litigation. She uses her engineering background to represent clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In addition to her intellectual property practice, she has also provided pro bono representation in Minnesota’s Housing Court.

Bilek focuses on patent and trade secret litigation. She also represents clients in the healthcare industry on related counseling and opinion work. Among recent matters, she represented clients in Hatch-Waxman litigation involving medications for the treatment of pain, cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and high cholesterol.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit: www.superlawyers.com.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in Super Lawyers as well as The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota February 17, 2016] Carlson Caspers wants to remind Diversity Scholarship Applicants that the March 1, 2016 deadline for applying is only a couple of weeks away. For more information about the scholarship, eligibility requirements and the application process, please click here.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – February 5, 2016] Carlson Caspers claimed a series of victories at both the district court and Federal Circuit to pave the way for Teva to begin selling generic forms of the multi-billion dollar product OxyContin®. Purdue held a large and growing portfolio of patents covering the active ingredient and formulation of OxyContin®. Three of these patents were directed to oxycodone having low levels of an unwanted impurity, called the “Low ABUK” patents, while two of these patents were directed to formulations having tamper-resistant properties, namely, crush resistance and gelling. Following a bench trial, Judge Stein of the Southern District of New York held that the Low ABUK patents were invalid as obvious, the crush resistance patent was invalid as both anticipated and obvious, and the gelling patent was invalid for indefiniteness. With respect to the crush resistance patent, Carlson Caspers convinced Judge Stein that a prior art patent taught formulations that inherently conferred the claimed crush resistance. (This verdict had implications extending beyond OxyContin®, as the crush-resistance patent was listed in the Orange Book as covering for additional products such as Opana ER®.) With respect to the gelling patent, Judge Stein concluded that the term was so vague as to satisfy the now abandoned “insolubly ambiguous” standard.

In the wake of this win, Carlson Caspers led the efforts in a second trial involving another patent listed in the Orange Book for OxyContin®. This patent was directed to oxycodone dosage forms that yield solutions having high viscosities when dissolved in water in order to prevent illicit injection. Judge Stein invalidated the patent as obvious, and further found one of the asserted claims invalid for indefiniteness. In reaching its decision, the court credited significant testimony elicited by the direct examinations performed by Carlson Caspers, as well as admissions secured by Carlson Caspers during cross-examination of Plaintiffs’ marquee validity witness.

Purdue appealed the invalidity judgments of the Low ABUK patents and the crush resistance patent to the Federal Circuit. Carlson Caspers defeated these efforts. The Federal Circuit affirmed the court’s judgment of anticipation of the crush resistance patent, finding that while McGinity did not discuss the breaking strength of the tablets, Teva’s expert, offered “experimental results [that] indicate[d] unanimously, reliably, clearly, and convincingly that any tablet made according to the McGinity Application would exhibit this characteristic.” The court considered this experimental evidence “pivotal” to Teva’s inherency defense.

Purdue had yet more patents covering its products, but these victories enabled Teva to land a settlement agreement permitting it to sell generic versions of OxyContin®.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

In the wake of this win, Carlson Caspers led the efforts in a second trial involving another patent listed in the Orange Book for OxyContin®.  This patent was directed to oxycodone dosage forms that yield solutions having high viscosities when dissolved in water in order to prevent illicit injection.  Judge Stein invalidated the patent as obvious, and further found one of the asserted claims invalid for indefiniteness.   In reaching its decision, the court credited significant testimony elicited by the direct examinations performed by Carlson Caspers, as well as admissions secured by Carlson Caspers during cross-examination of Plaintiffs’ marquee validity witness.

Purdue appealed the invalidity judgments of the Low ABUK patents and the crush resistance patent to the Federal Circuit.  Carlson Caspers defeated these efforts.  The Federal Circuit affirmed the court’s judgment of anticipation of the crush resistance patent, finding that while McGinity did not discuss the breaking strength of the tablets, Teva’s expert, offered “experimental results [that] indicate[d] unanimously, reliably, clearly, and convincingly that any tablet made according to the McGinity Application would exhibit this characteristic.”  The court considered this experimental evidence “pivotal” to Teva’s inherency defense.

Purdue had yet more patents covering its products, but these victories enabled Teva to land a settlement agreement permitting it to sell generic versions of OxyContin®.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USASuper LawyersManaging IPIAM Patent 1000Corp INTLForbes Legal Black Book and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – January 27, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce the launch of its 1L Diversity Scholarship Program in 2016. The program will provide annually up to two $5,000 scholarships to prospective law students who are pursuing or have obtained a degree in a technical or scientific discipline and who are committed to practicing intellectual property law in Minnesota. Scholarship recipients will also be considered for a paid internship at Carlson Caspers during the summer prior to entering law school and for a paid clerkship during the summers after their first and second years of law school.

“Our new diversity scholarship is a direct example of our firm’s commitment to promoting diversity in the field of intellectual property law,” said Carlson Caspers founding partner Alan G. Carlson. “We believe that inclusion is the foundation for a vibrant work environment and unparalleled client service, and that success in this area requires ongoing and active engagement within our firm and the broader community. We look forward to supporting the professional education of promising law students.”

To be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship, a student must have earned or expect to earn by 2016 a degree in engineering, chemistry, physics, life sciences, pharmacy, or computer science, and have been accepted and will attend an ABA-accredited law school beginning in the fall of 2016. The applicant also must intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities and must not be the recipient of any other diversity scholarship awarded by another law firm.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 1, 2016. For more information about the scholarship, eligibility requirements and the application process, please click here.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Super Lawyers, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, Wired and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – January 18, 2016] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm based in Minneapolis, is pleased to announce that Gary J. Speier has joined the firm as a partner. Speier brings to the firm and its clients decades of IP experience as a registered patent attorney and as a highly trained chemist with firsthand industry experience and several peer-reviewed, scientific publications to his credit. Speier focuses his legal practice on the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors.

Speier provides counsel on a broad range of patent-related matters and regularly conducts pre-suit investigations, intellectual property valuations and IP due diligence. He provides freedom-to-operate clearance reviews and opinions relating to infringement and validity, and develops patent procurement and patent prosecution strategies for domestic, international and foreign jurisdictions. He has been involved in numerous post-grant proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

“We are pleased to welcome Gary to the firm,” said Alan G. Carlson, the firm’s co-founding partner. “His deep experience and unique skill set will undoubtedly bring exceptional value to our clients.”

In addition to his work in the pharmaceutical arena, Speier’s practice covers a variety of other technologies, including medical devices, drug delivery systems, natural products, nutraceuticals, polymers, biofuels, renewable energy, sustainable chemistry, process manufacturing, solar silicon purification, agriculture, pesticides and organic synthesis.

After earning his graduate degree in chemistry, Speier worked as a medicinal chemist at Sterling Winthrop Pharmaceuticals. Previously, he worked as a law clerk in the patent group at SmithKline Beecham (now Glaxo SmithKline). Speier is a named inventor on several US patents and has been an invited lecturer in the United States, Europe and Asia on various IP topics, including freedom to operate, Paragraph IV opinions and IP valuation. He is also the owner and moderator of the Freedom to Operate (FTO) and IP Due Diligence discussion group on LinkedIn. He has been named by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.”

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – November 13, 2015] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce it has been selected for inclusion in Wired magazine’s 2015 list of “50 Intellectual Property Law Firms to Keep in Mind.” The listing appears in the November 2015 issue of Wired.

Firms were chosen for the list based on the number of attorneys at the firm who were selected to the 2014 Super Lawyers list. These lawyers are noted for excellence in the practice of intellectual property law and intellectual property litigation.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit: www. superlawyers.com.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in Super Lawyers Business Edition, as well as The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – November 3, 2015] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that eleven of its partners have been included in the 2015 Super Lawyers Business Edition. Jeffer Ali, Dennis C. Bremer, Alan G. Carlson, Philip P. Caspers, Samuel A. Hamer, Timothy A. Lindquist, Tara C. Norgard, Mark D. Schuman, J. Derek Vandenburgh and Todd S. Werner have been named as top lawyers in Intellectual Property-Litigation, and Douglas J. Williams has been included in the list of top lawyers in Intellectual Property. The firm received this honor because of the number of attorneys from the firm who were selected to a Super Lawyers list within a business-related practice area.

Ali is a litigator who advises and represents clients in intellectual property matters, with particular emphasis in the life sciences. Having obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and practiced as a pharmacist before attending law school, he has represented some of the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical companies in generic pharmaceutical ANDA patent litigation.

Bremer has 20 years of litigation experience. His practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on patent and trade secret litigation. Early in his career, he utilized his electrical engineering and computer science background to assist in creating and developing patent portfolios for his clients.

Carlson has more than 40 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in jury and bench trials throughout the United States in almost every sort of intellectual property case. He has won a number of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in diverse technologies, and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Caspers has more than 27 years of experience concentrated on litigating patent portfolios. Leveraging a technology background and real world experience, he advises clients in all phases of patent cases, including Markman hearings, dispositive motions, post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, district court trials, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Hamer focuses on patent litigation and counseling. He has worked with leading technology companies in developing domestic and international enforcement strategies that involve complex technologies. He also negotiates complex patent licenses, advises on developing and managing IP portfolios, conducts infringement and validity studies and opinions, and provides due diligence and counseling on intellectual property issues in mergers and acquisitions.

Lindquist focuses his practice on patent disputes, including all phases of patent litigation in federal district and appellate courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration forums. He also conducts infringement and validity studies and develops business plans for patent portfolios.

Norgard is a litigator who focuses on patent cases and complex litigation involving medical devices, financial systems, consumer goods and other technologies. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts and arbitrations across the country, and helped negotiate multimillion-dollar, client-favorable settlements.

Schuman’s practice encompasses contested matters in the U.S. district courts, state courts and administrative agencies. He has participated in numerous district court trials to the bench and to juries on matters related to patents, trademarks and other intellectual property rights. He also has participated in numerous Markman hearings.

Vandenburgh’s practice emphasizes efficient litigation management, successful dispositive motion practice and appellate work, and sound litigation counseling. He has litigated a wide variety of matters, including disputes concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets and design patents, claim construction, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Werner practices complex commercial litigation, focusing on patent, trade secret, and trademark litigation. Leveraging his biochemistry background, he has extensive experience representing generic pharmaceutical companies challenging the patent rights of their competitors through ANDA litigation as well as nutraceutical companies engaged in patent disputes.

Williams focuses on litigation involving medical device, biotechnology, chemical, software, semiconductor and business method patents. He has tried dozens of intellectual property cases across the nation and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in Super Lawyers Business Edition, as well as The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, Wired and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – November 2, 2015] Carlson Caspers is pleased to announce that it has once again been ranked as a top law firm by U.S. News-Best Lawyers® in the publication’s 2016 list of “Best Law Firms.” As in previous years, Carlson Caspers has received a Tier 1 ranking in the areas of Litigation-Intellectual Property and Litigation-Patent for the Minneapolis metropolitan region.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers rankings are based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, making inclusion in Best Lawyers a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, as well as the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, Wired and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – October 22, 2015] Carlson Caspers is honored to continue its tradition of sponsoring the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s annual Heartbeat Gala. The Heartbeat Gala is one of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s primary fundraising events, allowing supporters of world-class cardiovascular research and education to promote and celebrate the mission of the organization: a world without heart disease. Carlson Caspers is proud to play a role in making this event a success.

Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling by their peers and clients, as shown by their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, Wired and other ratings agencies and publications. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and wireless.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – October 8, 2015] Mark D. Schuman, Iain A. McIntyre, Sarah M. Stensland and Jennell C. Bilek, attorneys at Minneapolis-based Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, were featured presenters at a conference in Israel for an international pharmaceutical company. Topics presented and discussed were, “Teva v. Sandoz: Has anything changed in §112 determinations?”; “Post-Grant Proceedings at the US Patent Office: PGRs and IPRs” and “Non-Statutory Obviousness-Type Double Patenting”.

At Carlson Caspers, Mr. Schuman has extensive experience representing generic pharmaceutical companies challenging the patent rights of competitors through ANDA litigation. He recently secured significant victories for an international pharmaceutical company related to the pain medication Oxycontin. Mr. McIntyre dedicates most of his time to high technology patent issues using his strong technical background and significant expertise in Patent Office practice and procedure. Ms. Stensland’s practice focuses on defending generic pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman litigation. As a pharmacist, Ms. Bilek blends her scientific, business and legal knowledge to help clients reach favorable outcomes.

The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – September 22, 2015] Carlson Caspers recently won an important victory for its client, Exmark Manufacturing Co., a Beatrice, Nebraska-based division of The Toro Company, a global provider of outdoor solutions and equipment headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. In what has been reported as one of the largest awards in Nebraska history, a jury in the United States District Court in Omaha awarded Exmark more than $24.2 million, determining that Briggs & Stratton had willfully infringed on Exmark’s patent directed to an improved commercial lawn mower.

In a statement following the jury’s decision, Exmark spokesperson Branden Happel said, “We are pleased with the jury’s verdict in this case. We work hard to develop innovative products and solutions to help our customers, and vigorously protect and defend our patents and other intellectual property rights.”

Carlson Caspers worked closely with Exmark’s in-house counsel to prepare the case and presented the case at trial. The Carlson Caspers team was led by Derek Vandenburgh and included Joe Winkels and Alex Rinn.

The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, Wired and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

Carlson Caspers is pleased to welcome two new associates, Nathan D. Louwagie and Saukshmya Trichi.

Louwagie is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. He previously earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN in chemistry. Nate is also a registered patent agent with the USPTO.

Trichi is a recent graduate of Harvard Law School with a Master of Laws degree. She has prior pharmaceutical litigation experience as an attorney in New Delhi, India.

The American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in American and Super Lawyers have recognized Carlson Caspers for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life science and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – September 1, 2015] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that partner Tara C. Norgard has been named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

In welcoming Norgard to the organization, the LCA offered praise for her “outstanding reputation and extensive experience in litigation,” and noted that “[y]our professional excellence and integrity speak for themselves, and your commitment to diversity is central to our mission.”

Norgard is a litigator who focuses on patent cases and complex litigation involving medical devices, financial systems, consumer goods and other technologies. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts and arbitrations across the country, and helped negotiate multimillion-dollar, client-favorable settlements.

Norgard is actively involved in the leadership of the Federal Bar Association, serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter, and as chair of the Markman Study Group, a joint project of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Minnesota FBA. She is recognized among the Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers® and has earned the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating from her peers for the highest level of professional excellence. Norgard is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Within the firm, Norgard is the firm’s chief marketing partner and co-founder and co-chair of its committee on diversity and inclusion, which is committed to ensuring that people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs are involved in all levels of the firm, client relationships, and the community as a whole.

The composition of the LCA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence among American litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the bar. The purpose of the LCA is to recognize deserving, experienced and highly qualified lawyers, to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice, to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance a superior judiciary, by taking relevant positions on issues of legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes.

The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – August 28, 2015] Tara C. Norgard, a partner at Minneapolis-based Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, will serve as the panel moderator for a seminar entitled “Civil Litigation Series: Justice for People with Disabilities – Access to the Courts.” The event will be broadcast live via webcast from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015, at www.minncle.org.

Serving on the panel will be Judge Donovan W. Frank, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota; Magistrate Judge Steven E. Rau, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota; Greg Brooker, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Minnesota; James C. Backstrom, Dakota County Attorney; and Karen Loven, Advocate.

The program will address issues of bias that can arise concerning people with disabilities, including challenges to traditional notions of diversity to include people with disabilities, issues of ethics and bias in representing people with mental disabilities, an overview of fundamental legal rights and the role of the courts; developing areas of the law (such as employment issues), and fair access to the court system, including witness competency.

Norgard is a litigator who focuses on patent cases and complex litigation involving medical devices, financial systems, consumer goods and other technologies. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts and arbitrations across the country, and helped negotiate multimillion-dollar, client-favorable settlements. Norgard is co-founder and co-chair of the firm’s committee on diversity and inclusion, which is committed to ensuring that people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs are involved in all levels of the firm, client relationships, and the community as a whole.

Carlson Caspers engages in numerous organizations and activities focused on diversity within their community, such as Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, Minnesota Women Lawyers, and the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and encourages and supports programs that promote diversity in the legal profession.

The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – August 21, 2015] Todd S. Werner, a partner at Minneapolis-based Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, will be a featured presenter at the 2015 Midwest IP Institute sponsored by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education. Mr. Werner and his co-panelist, Molly Kocialski, Senior Patent Counsel at Oracle, will be speaking on the topic “Same Difference? Claim Construction and Indefiniteness After Teva and Nautilus.” The presentation will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Sandoz v. Teva had the potential to provide greater certainty to district court claim construction rulings, while the modified “reasonable certainty” indefiniteness standard set forth in Biosig Instruments v. Nautilus opened the door to a reinvigorated 112 defense. This panel will examine the extent to which these seemingly landmark decisions have altered the world of claim construction, and whether the combined impact of these decisions has had a meaningful impact on indefiniteness.

At Carlson Caspers, Mr. Werner’s practice focuses on patent litigation and counseling, and technology transfer. Leveraging his background in biochemistry, he has extensive experience representing generic pharmaceutical companies challenging the patent rights of competitors through ANDA litigation, and advising nutraceutical companies engaged in patent disputes. Mr. Werner has successfully represented clients in important victories in federal appellate and district courts across the country, has been named a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Super Lawyers, and was a member of the Carlson Caspers team profiled in Business India.

The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – August 17, 2015] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that two of its partners were recently named by The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective legal disciplines. Philip P. Caspers was honored as top lawyer for Litigation-Patent (Minneapolis) and J. Derek Vandenburgh was given the highest honor for Litigation-Intellectual Property (Minneapolis). The Lawyer of the Year award is an extremely prestigious honor given to only one lawyer per practice area in each metropolitan region, and is based on receiving the highest peer ratings overall.

Each of the two partners also earned a U.S. News-Best Lawyers listing for Minneapolis: Caspers was named in the area of Litigation-Intellectual Property and Vandenburgh was included in the list of top practitioners in Litigation-Patent.

In addition to Caspers and Vandenburgh, four more Carlson Caspers partners also are honored in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Alan G. Carlson, Timothy A. Lindquist, Tara C. Norgard and Douglas J. Williams have all been named in the field of Litigation-Intellectual Property (Minneapolis). Lindquist and Williams also are ranked by Best Lawyers in Litigation-Patent (Minneapolis).

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Tens of thousands of leading attorneys cast millions of votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Carlson has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991, and has more than 40 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in jury and bench trials throughout the United States in almost every sort of intellectual property case. In 2010, Best Lawyers named Alan as “Lawyer of the Year 2010, Intellectual Property Law – Minnesota.” He has won a number of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in diverse technologies, and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Caspers, listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2001, has more than 27 years of experience concentrated on litigating patent portfolios. Leveraging a technology background and real world experience, he brings sound business judgment to every case and excels at credibly transforming the analysis of complex technology and patent issues into easy to understand arguments. He advises clients in all phases of patent cases, including Markman hearings, dispositive motions, post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, district court trials, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Lindquist has been named to The Best Lawyers in America since 2007 and focuses his practice on patent disputes, including all phases of patent litigation in federal district and appellate courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration forums. He also conducts infringement and validity studies and develops business plans for patent portfolios.

Norgard, named to The Best Lawyers in America for the second year running, is a litigator who focuses on patent cases and complex litigation involving medical devices, financial systems, consumer goods and other technologies. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts and arbitrations across the country, and helped negotiate multimillion-dollar, client-favorable settlements.

Vandenburgh has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007. His practice emphasizes efficient litigation management, successful dispositive motion practice and appellate work, and sound litigation counseling. He has litigated a wide variety of matters, including disputes concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets and design patents, claim construction, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Williams, listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995, focuses on litigation involving medical device, biotechnology, chemical, software, semiconductor and business method patents. He has tried dozens of intellectual property cases across the nation and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In addition to The Best Lawyers in America, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – July 7, 2015] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that 17 of its attorneys have been named as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars in the 2015 edition of Minnesota Super Lawyers. No more than 5 percent of lawyers in the state are honored as Super Lawyers, and only 2.5 percent are included as Rising Stars.

“We are pleased that, year over year, our lawyers remain on the list of top attorneys selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers,” says partner Alan Carlson. “This is a direct result of our commitment to providing consistent, high-quality client service, and reflects our ability to stay ahead of rapid changes in technology and new developments in intellectual property law.”

Firm lawyers named as Super Lawyers include Jeffer Ali, Dennis C. Bremer, Alan G. Carlson, Philip P. Caspers, Samuel A. Hamer, Timothy A. Lindquist, Tara C. Norgard, Mark D. Schuman, J. Derek Vandenburgh, Todd S. Werner and Douglas J. Williams. Attorneys named as Rising Stars include Jennell C. Bilek, Jonathan D. Carpenter, Peter M. Kohlhepp, Samuel T. Lockner, Alexandra J. Olson, and Sarah M. Stensland.

Among firm lawyers named Super Lawyers, Jeff Ali is a former practicing pharmacist who represents clients in intellectual property matters, with a focus on life sciences litigation. Dennis Bremer emphasizes intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on patent and trade secret litigation. Alan Carlson represents clients in intellectual property litigation, has 40 years of experience in jury and bench trials throughout the United States and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Phil Caspers concentrates on litigating, marketing and licensing complex technology patent portfolios. Samuel Hamer works with leading technology companies to develop domestic and international enforcement strategies that involve complex technologies. Tim Lindquist specializes in patent disputes, including all phases of litigation in federal, district and appellate courts.

Tara Norgard is a litigator who focuses on patent cases involving medical devices, financial systems, consumer goods and other technologies. Mark Schuman has participated in numerous district court trials to both the bench and jury on matters related to patents, trademarks and other intellectual property rights.

Derek Vandenburgh—named a Super Lawyer for the eleventh year in a row—represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, with a focus on patent appeals and dispositive motion practice. Todd Werner concentrates his litigation practice in the life sciences area, particularly the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical arts, where he leverages his biochemistry background. Doug Williams focuses on litigation involving medical device, biotechnology, chemical, software, semiconductor and business method patents. He has tried dozens of IP cases across the nation and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Among the Carlson Caspers lawyers named Rising Stars, Jennell Bilek represents pharmaceutical, medical device, health care and other clients in patent and trade secret litigation. Jonathan Carpenter emphasizes patent litigation and IP-related due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions. Peter Kohlhepp represents medical device, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and telecommunications companies in patent and trademark litigation.

Samuel Lockner concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation and licensing, and has experience with a range of technologies, including pharmaceutical, medical device, software and bio agriculture. Alexandra Olson draws on her engineering background to represent domestic and international clients in patent litigation involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Sarah Stensland represents clients in patent infringement actions, with an emphasis on defending generic pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman litigation.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 legal disciplines practicing across the United States and in London, who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers selects attorneys on an annual basis using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research, and each candidate is evaluated on 12 unique indicators. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit www.superlawyers.com.

In addition to Super Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Managing IP, Corp INTL, Forbes Legal Black Book, and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – June 22, 2015] Carlson Caspers is pleased to announce it is supporting an early screening of The Uncondemned, a documentary film that examines the first trial prosecuting rape as a war crime and an act of genocide. Judge Ann D. Montgomery of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota will moderate a discussion following the screening. The event is hosted by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul, The Advocates for Human Rights, the American Refugee Committee, and the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.

The firm is proud to participate in bringing these issues of women’s rights, as well as international law and justice, to the Minnesota’s legal community and the public at large.

Event Details:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Happy Hour Reception
5:00 p.m.
at Vic’s
201 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN

Film Screening
7:00 p.m.
St. Anthony Main Theatre
115 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN

Click here for more information and to RSVP for the event.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – June 08, 2015] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that it has been named to the select list of top U.S. law firms included in the 2015 Forbes Legal Black Book. The new compendium includes elite law firms recognized for providing critical legal services to major U.S. and global corporations. The list of top intellectual property law firms was included in the much-anticipated annual “Global 2000” issues of Forbes magazine published on May 25, 2015.

Law firms of all sizes are selected for inclusion in the Forbes Legal Black Book based on their track record of providing outside counsel to top corporations, practice area range and focus, and high rankings for quality of execution in multiple reviews. Forbes’ mission is to deliver information on the people, ideas and technologies changing the world to its affluent community of executives, business decision makers and entrepreneurs.

In addition to the Forbes Legal Black Book, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, The Best Lawyers in America, Managing IP, Super Lawyers, Corp INTL, and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – June 5, 2015] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that partner Tara Norgard has been appointed by Chief Judge Michael J. Davis of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, to co-chair a seventeen-member Merit Selection Panel that will advise the Court on the selection of a new United States Magistrate Judge for the District.  Norgard will help lead panel that will recommend to the Court the five candidates they deem best qualified for the job.

Tara litigates patent, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition disputes, with a focus on technologies including medical devices, financial systems, radiation therapy systems, dental treatments, glass coatings and consumer goods.  In addition to her intellectual property practice, Tara is general counsel for the Receiver in the $190 million Trevor Cook Ponzi scheme, the second-largest fraud in Minnesota history, where she is leading the effort to repatriate assets from around the globe that were stolen under the guise of an international currency trading program.

Tara is actively involved in the leadership of the Federal Bar Association, serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter.  She is recognized among the Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers® and has earned the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating from her peers for the highest level of professional excellence.  In 2012, Tara was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Within the firm, Tara serves as chief marketing partner and co-founder and co-chair of its committee on diversity and inclusion, which is committed to ensuring that people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs are involved in all levels of the firm, client relationships, and the community as a whole.

For more information about the Merit Selection Panel, click here.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – April 16, 2015] Carlson Caspers is pleased to announce that founding partner Alan G. Carlson has been named a Leading Adviser in IP Law Services-Minnesota in the March 2015 edition of Corporate INTL magazine.

Carlson has 40 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in jury and bench trials throughout the United States in almost every form of intellectual property case. He has tried cases dealing with copyright, contract, interference with contract, libel, patent, trademark, trade dress and trade secret disputes, and has won a number of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in diverse technologies. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Since 2005, Corporate INTL has connected business leaders, financiers and advisers around the globe, and its annual awards are a mark of excellence. Honorees are selected on the basis of confidential nominations submitted to the organization’s research team, followed by an extensive review process that draws on the insights of financial and business leaders throughout the world.

The American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, U.S. News-Best Lawyers, Managing IP, Super Lawyers and other industry ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – April 15, 2015] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that three of its partners — Alan G. Carlson, Philip P. Caspers and J. Derek Vandenburgh — have been named 2015 “IP Stars” by Managing IP magazine, a publication of Euromoney Legal Media Group. Drawing on thousands of interviews and surveys with industry clients and peers, IP Stars identifies the leading intellectual property attorneys in all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.

Carlson has 40 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in jury and bench trials throughout the United States in almost every sort of intellectual property case. He has won a number of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in diverse technologies, and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Caspers has more than 27 years of experience concentrated on litigating patent portfolios.  Leveraging a technology background and real world experience, he brings sound business judgment to every case and excels at credibly transforming the analysis of complex technology and patent issues into easy to understand arguments.  He advises clients in all phases of patent cases, including Markman hearings, dispositive motions, post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, district court trials, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Vandenburgh emphasizes efficient litigation management, successful dispositive motion practice and appellate work, and sound litigation counseling. He has advised clients on various matters, including disputes concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets and design patents, claim construction, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

IP Stars reviews top intellectual property firms and individual lawyers across the country to provide in-house counsel at Fortune 500 corporations with deeper insights into the complex U.S. IP legal market. The publication will be distributed to the worldwide readership of Managing IP magazine and at leading industry events. IP Stars serves as a one-stop reference guide for U.S. and international in-house counsel and private-practice lawyers.

The American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Corp INTL, and other ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

In the wake of its invalidity win in a first trial concerning two patents directed to tamper-resistant dosage forms, Carlson Caspers led the efforts in a second trial involving a third patent listed in the Orange Book for OxyContin®.  Unlike the patents invalidated in the first trial, this third patent was directed to oxycodone dosage forms that yield viscous solutions when dissolved in water in order to prevent illicit injection.  Judge Stein of the Southern District of New York invalidated the patent as obvious, and further found one of the asserted claims invalid for indefiniteness.   In reaching its decision, the court credited significant testimony elicited by the direct examinations performed by Carlson Caspers, as well as admissions secured by Carlson Caspers during cross-examination of Plaintiffs’ marquee validity witness.

Before the decision, Carlson Casper’s client, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., settled its dispute over this patent.  The settlement did not entirely eliminate Purdue and Grunenthal’s appeals concerning the judgment from the first trial, however, and Carlson Caspers continue to represent Teva in that appeal.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – March 27, 2015] Carlson Caspers, a top-ranked intellectual property law firm based in Minneapolis, is pleased to announce that Tara C. Norgard has been named a Super Lawyer in the area of IP Litigation by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading news and information company. Sarah M. Stensland, Alexandra J. Olson and Jennell C. Bilek and have also been named Rising Stars in the list of “Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota” published in the April 2015 issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. These latest rankings now include all of the women attorneys at the firm and double the number selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers lists, as compared to last year’s publication.

At Carlson Caspers, Norgard focuses on patent cases and complex litigation involving medical devices, financial systems, consumer goods and other technologies. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts and arbitrations countrywide and helped negotiate multimillion-dollar, client-favorable settlements.

Stensland practices intellectual property law with a focus on patent litigation, using her background in chemical engineering to develop a solid command of her clients’ technologies and help them understand and protect the full market value of their products and processes. She represents U.S.-based and multinational corporations in patent infringement actions, with an emphasis on defending generic pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman (ANDA) litigation, as well as in trademark infringement matters.

Olson practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent litigation. She uses her engineering background to represent clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In addition to her intellectual property practice, she has also provided pro bono representation in Minnesota’s Housing Court.

Bilek focuses on patent and trade secret litigation. She also represents clients in the healthcare industry on related counseling and opinion work. Among recent matters, she represented clients in Hatch-Waxman litigation involving medications for the treatment of pain, cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and high cholesterol.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit: www. superlawyers.com.

In addition to Super Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers and PartnersManaging IP, Best Lawyers in America, Corporate INTL and other industry ratings agencies and publications have recognized Carlson Caspers and its individual attorneys for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

Carlson Caspers is pleased to welcome two new associates, Caroline L. Marsili and John M. Zwier.

Marsili is a graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Minnesota Law School.  She previously earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Carleton College in biology.  Prior to entering law school, Marsili taught English to corporate employees and students in  Prague of the Czech Republic.

Zwier joins Carlson Caspers after serving as law clerk to the Honorable Ann D. Montgomery of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he previously earned a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers and PartnersLegal 500Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers have recognized Carlson Caspers for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

[Minneapolis, Minnesota – November 3, 2014] Carlson Caspers is pleased to announce that it has once again been ranked as a top law firm by U.S. News-Best Lawyers® in the publication’s 2015 list of “Best Law Firms.” As in the 2014 edition of the list, and for several years running, Carlson Caspers has received a Tier 1 ranking in the areas of Litigation-Intellectual Property and Litigation-Patent for the Minneapolis metropolitan region.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

In addition to Best Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, Managing IP and Super Lawyers have recognized Carlson Caspers for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across a wide range of complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

Carlson, included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991, has 40 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in jury and bench trials throughout the United States in almost every sort of intellectual property case. He has won a number of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in diverse technologies, and he is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Caspers, listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2001, is a veteran of more than 100 patent cases presented in various forums. He concentrates on litigating, marketing, and licensing complex, high-technology patent portfolios and draws on his significant technology background, including physics and electrical engineering.

Lindquist has been named to The Best Lawyers in America since 2007, and he focuses his practice on patent disputes, including all phases of patent litigation in federal district and appellate courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration forums. He also conducts infringement and validity studies and develops business plans for patent portfolios.

Norgard focuses on patent cases and complex litigation involving medical devices, financial systems, consumer goods, and other technologies. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts and arbitrations countrywide and helped negotiate multimillion-dollar, client-favorable settlements.

Vandenburgh has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007. His practice emphasizes efficient litigation management, successful dispositive motion practice and appellate work, and sound litigation counseling. He has advised clients on various matters, including disputes concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets and design patents, claim construction, and appeals before the Federal Circuit.

Williams, listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995, focuses on litigation involving medical device, biotechnology, chemical, software, semiconductor, and business method patents. He has tried dozens of intellectual property cases nationwide, and he is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. More than 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, Managing IP, Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers have recognized Carlson Caspers for excellence in intellectual property litigation and counseling. The firm has an established reputation for success across many complex, technology-driven sectors such as wireless, medical devices, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals.

For the fifth year, Carlson Caspers is a gold sponsor for the Twin Cities Heart & Stroke Gala, which will be held on November 8th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Heart & Stroke Gala is the Twin Cities signature event that funds critical cardiovascular and neurological research, as well as a variety of local community health education initiatives to prevent cardiovascular disease and save lives. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Gala has raised more than $15 million for research and cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention.

The firm’s continued support of this event, as well as regular contributions of time, resources and professional services to other local civic, charitable and cultural endeavors, demonstrates their deep commitment to the community.