Clint Conner
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Clint Conner

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conner.clint@dorsey.com

Overview

CLINT HANDLES COMPLEX INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MATTERS AND HELPS HIS CLIENTS ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN HIGH STAKES INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION.

Clint’s practice focuses on intellectual property with an emphasis on patent litigation, inter partes reviews, and patent enforcement strategies. 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. patent litigation while living and working in Tokyo.  Before attending law school, Clint was an engineer for three years with Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs (now Alcatel-Lucent).

He has experience handling patent issues relating to Internet and networking technology, semiconductor manufacturing, hard disk manufacturing, medical devices, physician efficiency technology, LCD technology, 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

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • California
  • New York
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Courts 

  • 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

Experience

Representative Litigation

  • MiiCs & Partners, America, Inc. v. Toshiba Corp. (D. Del.): Achieved complete defense victory for multinational Japanese company in an 11-patent infringement suit over LCD panel technology brought by Hon Hai’s patent holding company in the District of Delaware. 
  • Straight Path IP Group, Inc. v. Vizio (E.D. Va.):  Defended multinational Japanese 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.  Case settled.
  • Nalco Co. v. Baker Hughes Inc. (S.D. Tex.): Represented well-known company against one of the world's largest oil field services companies in patent-based antitrust suit.  Case settled.
  • Mariner IC Inc. v. Funai Electric Co., Ltd. (E.D. Tex.):  Defended multinational Japanese company in a two-patent infringement suit relating to SoC technology brought by a non-practicing entity in the Eastern District of Texas.  Case settled.
  • Dynamic Hosting Co. LLC v. Google Inc. (E.D. Tex.): Defended multinational Japanese company in a two-patent infringement suit relating to remote printing technology brought by a non-practicing entity in the Eastern District of Texas.  Case settled.
  • Battle Toys, LLC v. LEGO Systems, Inc. (D. Del.): Defended toy company LEGO and obtained Consent Judgment of Noninfringement from Plaintiff dismissing the case without payment shortly before trial in the District of Delaware. 
  • In the Matter of Certain Point-to-Point Network Communication Devices and Products Containing Same (ITC): Achieved walk-away dismissal of ITC investigation relating to point-to-point Internet technology for multinational Japanese Respondent. Patent troll Complainant dropped the case in its entirety less than two weeks before trial, shortly after the court granted our motion to strike critical evidence supporting Complainant’s claims. 
  • In the Matter of Certain Sintered Rare Earth Magnets, Methods of Making Same and Products Containing Same (ITC): Represented Japanese Complainant 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 primary depositions of manufacturers (CEOs and lead engineers) at sites in Hong Kong and Korea. Case was dismissed after respondents agreed to settlements. 
  • Anvik Corp. v. Nikon Precision, Inc. (S.D. Cal.):  Defended multinational Japanese 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. Case settled.
  • In the Matter of Certain Light-Emitting Diodes and Products Containing (ITC): Joined multinational Complainant’s litigation team to take depositions of Korea respondents’ witnesses in Korea at the end of fact discovery.  Case settled.
  • In re: Halftone Color Separations (C.D. Cal.): Defended multinational Japanese company in a Multi-District Litigation based in the Central District of California involving patent infringement claims relating to printer color toning technology.  Case settled.
  • CyberSource Corporation v. Retail Decisions, Inc., et al. (N.D. Cal.): Defended Retail Decisions in a patent infringement suit in the Northern District of California and 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 the Matter of Certain Flash Memory and Products Containing Same (ITC):  Secured dismissal of Japan-based Respondent from ITC investigation regarding flash memory brought by Korean Complainant.
  • In the Matter of Certain Voltage Regulators, Components Thereof and Products Containing Same (ITC):  Represented Complainant in ITC investigation relating to voltage regulators.  Case was dismissed after respondents agreed not to engage in allegedly infringing activity by Consent Order.
  • 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. 

Select Presentations 

  • Speaker, “The Efficacy of Post-Grant Challenges in Patent Litigation: A Panel Discussion,” 2016 Midwest IP Institute (September 2016)
  • 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 (August 2016)
  • Speaker, Seminar on “Use of IP by U.S. Competitors to Compete Against Chinese Companies,” cites in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu, China (June 2016)
  • Guest lecturer, “Intellectual Property and the Medical Industry,” Health Law and Management Impact, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management (February 2016)
  • Speaker, “AIA Trials: Expert Discovery through Appeal,” Dorsey Seminar (April 2015)
  • Moderator, panel discussion on “Challenging Validity at Patent Offices in EU and Asia,” 2014 CASRIP High Technology Protection Summit, UW Law School (July 2014)
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments in U.S. Intellectual Property Law," PRIP Symposium, Tokyo (November 2012)
  • Guest lecturer, "Introduction to U.S. Patent Law,” Summer Intensive Course on Intellectual Property, Osaka Institute of Technology (August 2011)
  • Speaker, "What Can Happen In E-Discovery," E-discovery legal seminar, Tokyo (2010)
  • Presented at various other venues in Tokyo on recent developments in U.S. patent law

Industries & Practices

International Arbitration & Litigation
Patent Prosecution, Portfolio Strategy & Management
Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management
  • Energy
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • International Trade
  • Patent Prosecution, Portfolio Strategy & Management
  • Technology Commerce
  • Telecommunications
  • Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Board, Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM)
  • Board, Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association

Community Involvement

Pro Bono

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.

Accolades

North Star Lawyer logo 

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2016
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