Clint’s practice focuses on intellectual property with an emphasis on patent litigation, licensing (including “standard essential patents”), inter partes reviews (“IPRs”), and patent enforcement strategies. He has successfully handled over 60 patent disputes in federal courts around the country, at the International Trade Commission, and at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Although he has remained focused on U.S. intellectual property law throughout his career, he brings an international perspective, having spent nearly five years representing companies in U.S. IP litigation while living and working in Tokyo, Japan.
Clients place their confidence in Clint to manage their most important issues, and he delivers. For example, he recently led a Dorsey team to a complete defense victory in a huge, complex 11-patent litigation relating to LCD technology brought against a client by a wholly owned subsidiary of Taiwanese heavyweight Foxconn. Our team worked cooperatively with our co-defendant and an intervenor and utilized an array of defenses and IPRs to eliminate the asserted patents one-by-one.
Before attending law school, Clint gained practical experience as an engineer for three years with Bell Labs (now Nokia). Clint understands that at the heart of any intellectual property dispute is a business objective, and he is careful to consider his clients’ business objectives every step of the way in any legal dispute to achieve at a winning result while also avoiding unjustified risk.
His experience includes patent issues relating to the following technologies: Internet, networking, Wi-Fi, H.264, semiconductor manufacturing, photolithography, hard disk manufacturing, medical devices, physician efficiency programs, LCDs, LEDs, CCFLs, rare earth magnets, digital cameras, optics, imaging and printing, wireless network protocols, GUI interfaces, navigation systems, visual search technology, online real-time auction systems, interactive programming guides, and software.
Education & Admissions
University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2003), Dean's List every semester
University of Michigan (B.S., Industrial and Operations Engineering, 1997), cum laude
- New York
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Representative Federal Court Litigation
- MiiCs & Partners, America, Inc. v. Toshiba Corp. (D. Del.): Complete defense victory for multinational company in an 11-patent infringement suit over LCD panel technology brought by Foxconn’s patent holding company in the District of Delaware. Federal Circuit affirmed the district court on all four issues appealed.
- Straight Path IP Group, Inc. v. Vizio (E.D. Va.): Defended multinational company in a three-patent infringement suit relating to point-to-point Internet technology brought by a non-practicing entity in the Eastern District of Virginia.
- Nalco Co. v. Baker Hughes Inc. (S.D. Tex.): Represented well-known industrial chemical company against one of the world's largest oil field services companies in patent-based antitrust suit.
- Mariner IC Inc. v. Funai Electric Co., Ltd. (E.D. Tex.): Defended multinational company in a two-patent infringement suit relating to SoC technology in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Dynamic Hosting Co. LLC v. Google Inc. (E.D. Tex.): Defended multinational company in a two-patent infringement suit relating to remote printing technology in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Battle Toys, LLC v. LEGO Systems, Inc. (D. Del.): Defended toy company LEGO and obtained Consent Judgment of Noninfringement from the plaintiff dismissing the case without payment shortly before trial in the District of Delaware.
- Anvik Corp. v. Nikon Precision, Inc. (S.D. Cal.): Defended multinational company in a 7-patent infringement suit in the Southern District of California accusing photolithography technology used in manufacturing most of the world’s large-panel displays of infringement.
- CyberSource Corporation v. Retail Decisions, Inc., et al. (N.D. Cal.): Co-authored a motion for summary judgment that resulted in one of the first decisions invalidating a patent for claiming unpatentable subject matter following the Federal Circuit's Bilski decision.
- In re: Halftone Color Separations (C.D. Cal.): Defended multinational company in a Multi-District Litigation based in the Central District of California involving patent infringement claims relating to printer color toning technology.
- Intevac, Inc. v. Unaxis USA, Inc. (C.D. Cal.) and inter partes reexamination of the patent-in-suit: Represented Intevac in patent litigation in the Central District of California against Intevac’s principal competitor in hard disk drive media manufacturing, and successfully defended the validity of the Intevac patent in inter partes reexamination. Intevac acquired the competitor’s hard disk drive media manufacturing equipment business and the litigation was dismissed.
- H.I.G. Capital Management, Inc. v. Huntsman Gay Capital Partners LLC (M.D. Fla.): Defeated a motion for temporary restraining order in trademark litigation shortly before an important industry conference for the client.
Representative ITC Litigation
- In the Matter of Certain Child Carriers, Components Thereof and Products Containing the Same (ITC): Lead counsel for industry-leading BabyBjörn in an investigation relating to child carrier patents. Resolved the dispute through mandatory mediation shortly before trial.
- In the Matter of Certain Point-to-Point Network Communication Devices and Products Containing Same (ITC): Achieved termination of ITC investigation relating to point-to-point Internet technology for multinational company. Patent troll dropped the case in its entirety less than two weeks before trial, after the court granted our motion to strike that gutted the patent troll’s domestic industry claim.
- In the Matter of Certain Load Supporting Systems, Including Composite Mat Systems, And Components Thereof (ITC): Lead counsel for multinational company in ITC investigation asserting patents relating to heavy duty rubber mat technology and secured dismissal through consent order.
- In the Matter of Certain Sintered Rare Earth Magnets, Methods of Making Same and Products Containing Same (ITC): Represented multinational company in ITC investigation asserting patents relating to rare earth magnet compositions and manufacturing methods against 29 respondents, including Chinese manufacturers. Led key aspects of case, and took depositions of primary witnesses (CEOs and lead engineers) at sites in Hong Kong and Korea.
- In the Matter of Certain Light-Emitting Diodes and Products Containing (ITC): Represented multinational company in ITC investigation asserting patents relating to LED technology.
- In the Matter of Certain Flash Memory and Products Containing Same (ITC): Secured dismissal of Japan-based company from ITC investigation regarding flash memory brought by multinational Korean company.
- In the Matter of Certain Voltage Regulators, Components Thereof and Products Containing Same (ITC): Represented Linear Technologies in ITC investigation relating to voltage regulators. Case was dismissed after respondents agreed not to engage in allegedly infringing activity by Consent Order.
- IPR2016-00462 (regarding U.S. Patent No. 6456352): PTAB instituted IPR on all four grounds set forth in our petition challenging both claims asserted against our multinational client in parallel litigation. Final written written decision held that the challenged claims are unpatentable on three of four grounds (declining to decide the fourth ground as unnecessary).
- IPR2015-01525 (regarding U.S. Patent No. 6816213): PTAB instituted IPR on all six grounds set forth in our petition challenging all claims asserted against our multinational client in parallel litigation. PTAB granted patent owner’s request for adverse judgment, thereby cancelling the challenged claims.
- IPR2015-01497 (regarding U.S. Patent No. 5790092): PTAB instituted IPR on the single ground set forth in our petition challenging all claims asserted against our multinational client in parallel litigation. Final written decision held that the challenged claims are unpatentable on the ground set forth in the petition.
News & Resources
News & Press Mentions
Events & Speaking Engagements
Speaker, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), 2018 Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit, “The Thrill of Victory . . . and the Agony of Defeat, Post-Grant Challenges”
Speaker, “The Efficacy of Post-Grant Challenges in Patent Litigation: A Panel Discussion,” 2016 Midwest IP Institute
Moderator, “Intellectual Property Rights and Global Business Decisions: A Panel Discussion,” Hon. Jimmie V Reyna IP Inn of Court presentation for IP Judicial Delegation from Pakistan, U.S. Courthouse, Minneapolis
Speaker, Seminar on “Use of IP by U.S. Competitors to Compete Against Chinese Companies,” cites in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu, China
Guest lecturer, “Intellectual Property and the Medical Industry,” Health Law and Management Impact, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management
Speaker, “AIA Trials: Expert Discovery through Appeal,” Dorsey Seminar
Moderator, panel discussion on “Challenging Validity at Patent Offices in EU and Asia,” 2014 CASRIP High Technology Protection Summit, UW Law School
Speaker, "Recent Developments in U.S. Intellectual Property Law," PRIP Symposium, Tokyo
Guest lecturer, "Introduction to U.S. Patent Law,” Summer Intensive Course on Intellectual Property, Osaka Institute of Technology
Speaker, "What Can Happen In E-Discovery," E-discovery legal seminar, Tokyo
Presented at various other venues in Tokyo on recent developments in U.S. patent law
Industries & Practices
- Energy & Natural Resources
- Intellectual Property
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- International Arbitration & Litigation
- International Trade
- Patent Prosecution, Portfolio Strategy & Management
- Technology Commerce
- Trademark, Copyright & Advertising
Professional & Civic
- Board, Global Minnesota
- Board, Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM)
Clint frequently represents tenants in Hennepin County Housing Court. As lead trial counsel, he recently defeated multiple counts of material breach of lease and successfully sought expungement of the record on behalf of a tenant wrongfully accused of assault and interfering with management.
- Contributed more than 100 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2020-2021
- Recognized in IAM Patent 1000 - World's Leading Patent Practitioners, 2019-2021
- Dorsey & Whitney Scales of Justice Award for pro bono service, 2020
- Recognized for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, Minnesota Supreme Court, 2019
- Volunteer Lawyers Network’s 2018-2019 Volunteer of the Year (for work representing indigent tenants in housing litigation)
- MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2016-2020