Eric focuses on prosecuting and managing patents. He also advises clients on how to stop (or prevent) infringement of their intellectual property.
Eric is an officer and shareholder in Fredrikson & Byron’s Intellectual Property and Litigation Groups. He does a great deal of work helping clients avoid the patents of competitors. When cease and desist letters are received, Eric identifies reasons for non-infringement, invalidity or both. He consults with clients on controlled-cost strategies for dealing with such claims.
Eric is highly skilled in a wide range of mechanical arts. For example, he has done patent work on t-shirt design technology, lithophanes, casters, office relaxation retail products, drinking glass designs, plastic vase designs, wake surfing retail products, bicycle product designs, various tools, carpet extractors, vacuums, windows, doors, wheel bearings, assembly line technology, automation equipment, window products, privacy glazing products, glass making and other glass technology, fire-fighting equipment, log building technology, airplanes, and consumer products.
Is it now possible to get a patent on the broad strokes of an invention while at the same time creating potentially never-ending trade secret protection on the cleverest aspects of the invention? In the opinion of this author, the answer is “no,” but this may change.