Christopher R. Smith
Christopher Smith, as an intellectual property attorney, helps businesses create, protect, and enforce their intellectual property rights. With federal trial experience, he handles litigation and disputes involving nearly all areas of intellectual property and related matters, including patent, trademark, and copyright infringement; trade secret misappropriation; right to publicity and defamation; false advertising and unfair competition; confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements; internet domain names; and DMCA takedown notices.
Christopher’s practice also encompasses strategic counseling in intellectual property matters, helping companies identify and navigate intellectual property branding, clearance registration, sale, assignment, and licensing issues. His work in this area has included conducting intellectual property assessments for one of the nation’s largest privately held companies and providing patent risk counseling to three of Minnesota’s largest health insurance providers.
Awards & Recognition
- Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2012-2014)
- North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2013, 2014, 2016)
Representative Patent Cases
- American Auto-Matrix v. TSI Incorporated (E.D. Mich.). Litigated complex patent infringement action in Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan involving laboratory fume hood monitoring technology.
- Mass Engineered Design v. Custom Products and Services, Inc., et al. (E.D. Tex.). Litigated and resolved through a favorable negotiated settlement a patent infringement action in Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in the field of adjustable professional office equipment.
- Harris Research, Inc. v. U.S. Products (D. Utah). Represented U.S. Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Nilfisk-Advance, Inc., against patent infringement claims brought in Federal District Court for the District of Utah relating to revolutionary cleaning technology.
- 3M Company v. DynaTone, LLC (D. Minn.). Litigated trademark infringement and anti-cybersquatting action in Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota in the field of automotive paint and bodywork products.
- Bass Pro Shops, Inc. v. Sportsman’s Warehouse, Inc. (2008 WL 927726) (TTAB Cancellation Proceeding). Represented Sportsman’s Warehouse, Inc. in successfully defending an attempted cancellation of the company’s core trademark before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Representative Trademark Cases
- North Shore Health Therapies v. Tofte Management Company, LLC (Minn. Dist. Ct.). Litigated trademark infringement, breach of contract, and unfair competition case in Minnesota District Court and obtained preliminary injunction in the context of massage therapy and spa services.
- Rapid Rack Industries v. Tricam Industries (C.D. Cal.). Represented Tricam Industries against trademark infringement claims relating to Tricam’s Gorilla Ladder® products brought in Federal District Court for the Southern District of California on the context of adjustable ladder products.
Representative Trade Secrets Cases
- United Natural Foods, Inc. v. Freshpack Produce, Inc. (Colo. Dist. Ct.) and United Natural Foods, Inc. v. Hope, et al. (D. Conn. 2011). Litigated multi-district litigation in Colorado District Court and Federal District Court for the District of Connecticut involving former executives regarding trade secret misappropriation and breach of employment and non-disclosure agreements.
- O.C.T.G., L.L.P. v. Tube Technologies, Inc. (D. Minn.). Litigated breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets case in Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota in the field of oil country tubular goods technology.
Representative Copyright Cases
- Valtira, LLC v. Atlassian Software Systems PTY LTD et al. (D. Minn.). Represented Valtira in asserting copyright infringement claims relating to Valtira’s Rollcall website-authentication software in Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota against an Australian corporate defendant.
Representative Internet & Domain Name Cases
- Sportsman's Warehouse, Inc. v. Sportswear for Men LLC. (WIPO Case No. D2008-0592) (UDRP Arbitration). Obtained the permanent transfer of a typosquatting domain name and website that infringed on the client’s trademark rights in a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy arbitration before a World Intellectual Property Organization panel.
- Group Health Cooperative v. ClaimLynx, Inc. (NAF Case No. FA1220023) (UDRP Arbitration). Successfully defended against an attempt by one of the country's largest insurance cooperatives to shut down and appropriate the client’s domain name and website in a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy arbitration before a National Arbitration Forum panel.
- ThermaSolutions, Inc. v. Belmont Instrument Corporation (Minn. Dist. Ct.). Investigated and litigated case in Minnesota District Court involving a breach of website terms and conditions agreement by an out-of-state competitor in the field of hyperthermia lavage medical technology.
Representative Appellate Cases
- Roers v. Pierce, et al. (Minn. Ct. App.). Obtained reversal of breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty action relating to the sale of a $4.1 million home.
- Rasmusson v. STEN Corporation and Aspen Medical Products (Minn. Ct. App.). Represented STEN Corporation and Aspen Medical Products in responding to an appeal brought in the Minnesota Court of Appeals relating to breach-of-contract and intellectual property issues.
Media & Presentations
“Social Media: 10 Noteworthy Cases in 2011-2012,” chapter, The IP Book: Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education
“Recent Legal Developments in Cloud Computing & Social Media,” Minnesota Lavender Bar Association’s 11th Annual Conference, William Mitchell College of Law
“Domain Names & Trademarks: UDRP Fundamentals in the Context of Real-World Cases,” Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, Minnesota CLE Conference Center
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