Phone: (612) 436-9610

Iain dedicates most of his time to high technology patent issues and performs a variety of counseling functions at Carlson Caspers. He conducts pre-suit investigations and IP due diligence investigations and provides freedom-to-operate and opinions relating to infringement and validity. Iain also drafts and negotiates patent licenses and develops patent procurement and patent prosecution strategies. He has been involved in many post-grant procedures in front of the PTO. Iain has a strong technical background and significant expertise in Patent Office practice and procedure. For the past several years, Iain has devoted significant time to preparing opinions relating to and litigating pharmaceutical patents, and he is experienced in preparing and serving Hatch Waxman “Paragraph IV” notice letters and detailed statements. He has represented several generic pharmaceutical companies in several ANDA patent litigations. His practice covers a variety of other technologies, including medical devices, antibacterial vaccines, polymer technologies, software, optical devices and systems, and semiconductor devices.

In 2002, he was named by Minnesota Lawyer magazine as one of the Top 10 Up and Coming Attorneys in Minnesota. Iain is currently serving as a member of the Advisory Board for the IP Institute at William Mitchell College of Law.


University of Minnesota
Master of Biological Sciences

William Mitchell College of Law
J.D. summa cum laude

University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Ph.D. Physics

University of Strathclyde, Scotland
B.Sc., Applied Physics, 1st class honors


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