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Eric Curtin

Eric Curtin is a Patent, Trademark and Copyright Attorney at Crawford Maunu in St. Paul, MN.
Eric’s practice has included the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electronic, electromechanical, biomedical, chemical and optical technology areas, and further in the area of computer-implemented/software inventions. Eric also assists clients in the procurement of trademarks and copyrights, and with various aspects of trademark and copyright law including oppositions, cancellations, and license agreements. He maintains a robust practice in client counseling, including opinions of infringement/invalidity.

Eric leads his firm’s legal education efforts, has authored multiple intellectual property articles, and serves as an expert on nationally-broadcast panels concerning patent, trademark and copyright matters. His recent article Functional Claiming Under U.S. Patent Law has been published by the International In-house Counsel Journal.

Technically, Eric has significant experience in various cross-disciplinary fields including those involving wireless communications technologies, semiconductors, medical/biological devices, thin-film transistors, solar cells, proteomics and nanotechnologies. He has worked extensively in the semiconductor design, physics and materials science fields, and in a variety of communications fields involving mobile electronics, video processing, and media content streaming.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Eric worked in engineering and research areas for the automotive and plastics industries. He is experienced in prototype modeling, failure analysis, and in the design, installation, and operation of electronic controls, robotics and communications systems.

In addition to his legal and industry experience, Eric is involved with non-profit and community organizations, serving on the board of directors for two Minnesota-based non-profit organizations that promote youth athletics.

Eric has engineering and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is licensed to practice law in several state and federal courts and is a registered patent attorney.