Todd’s practice at Carlson Caspers focuses on patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, patent monetization/licensing, and counseling. Leveraging his degree in biochemistry, Todd 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. Most recently, Todd helped Teva Pharmaceuticals defeat several patents directed to Purdue’s multibillion-dollar OxyContin® product, and maintain those verdicts on appeal. Other representative ANDA matters Todd has handled include Alcon Research v. Watson (ophthalmic olopatadine formulation), Merck Sharpe & Dohme B.V. v. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc. (Nuvaring®), and Abbott Laboratories v. Teva Pharmaceuticals (niacin/simvastatin). He has also recently served as lead counsel for a nutraceutical client asserting its patent in a multi-district dispute, in which the patent was further subjected to inter partes review at the PTO. Todd successfully defended the validity a number of instituted claims, and secured a favorable settlement for his client.
In addition to his life sciences practice, Todd has litigated patent infringement disputes in various other disciplines as well, including the electrical, chemical, and mechanical arts. For example, in M-I Drilling Fluids UK Ltd. v. Dynamic Air Inc., Todd helped his client secure institution of IPR proceedings against all 117 asserted claims. In a related matter, Todd secured dismissal of an infringement action asserting five Schlumberger patents directed to the pneumatic conveyance of drill cuttings generated by offshore drilling operations.
In addition to contested proceedings, Todd counsels clients in the negotiation of intellectual property licenses and joint development agreements, as well as monetization of patent portfolios.
Todd has been named a “Super Lawyer” in patent litigation each year from 2013-2016, and he was previously selected as a “Rising Star” each year from 2008–2012. Todd has also taught Intellectual Property Moot Court at the University of Minnesota Law School, and represented clients in employment litigation at the federal court through the Federal Bar Association’s Pro Se Project.
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., cum laude
Michigan Technological University
B.S., Biochemistry, summa cum laude
Minnesota Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit