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Jon practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent litigation and counseling at Carlson Caspers, and has extensive experience in the medical device and agribusiness areas.  As part of that practice, Jon has represented two of the world’s largest medical device companies in both litigation and counseling.  Among recent successes, Jon has counseled developers and manufacturers of catheter-based cardiac devices and stents in numerous infringement cases.  He has also developed positions on patents and performed diligence related to implantable and external devices for several leading innovators of medical solutions, including one with nearly $8 billion in annual revenue.  On behalf of buyers and sellers of creative assets, Jon conducts IP-related due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions, including patent and license reviews and analyses.

Jon draws on his background and experiences growing up on a seed farm in North Dakota for his work with both large and small agribusiness companies.  As part of that work, Jon has drafted, reviewed and provided advice to agribusiness clients regarding license agreements related to intellectual property.  His farming background led him to pursue an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, and before and after earning his undergraduate engineering degree Jon leveraged his agricultural background with his technical training when he worked with an interdisciplinary team at NASA.  As part of that team, Jon designed and analyzed the thermal components of an agricultural camera (AgCam) that was installed on the International Space Station.  The AgCam was used to monitor the status of agricultural land, ultimately helping farmers determine appropriate irrigation, pesticide, fertilizer and other interventions to increase crop yields.

Jon’s rural farm background also instilled in him a passion for the outdoors, especially including hunting and shooting sports.  From building tree stands and customizing rifles to reloading ammunition and fletching arrows, he grew up enjoying many aspects of shooting sports and remains an avid hunter and recreational shooter.  Jon has a particular interest in intellectual property issues related to firearms and archery technology.

Jon has also represented clients in litigation with respect to other disciplines as well, including Hatch-Waxman litigation involving patents and compound patents related to brand-name and generic medications for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sleep disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other conditions.  Jon has also represented a financial holding company in a dispute involving patents related to office products; and developed positions on patents related to implantable devices for a leading innovator of medical solutions with nearly $8 billion in annual revenue. Jon has also represented a startup company in the alternative energy industry, in relation to contracts involving technology used to develop wind-powered generators.

Prior to joining Carlson Caspers, Jon was a law clerk for the Honorable Chief Judge Daniel L. Hovland in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. While at law school, Jon was the Outside Articles Editor for the North Dakota Law Review and published on intellectual property law.


University of North Dakota School of Law
J.D., with distinction
Order of the Coif
Outside Articles Editor, North Dakota Law Review

University of North Dakota
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude
Tau Beta Pi


Minnesota Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office