Mark R. Privratsky

Partner
Mark R. Privratsky
  • Overview
  • Experience
  • Media & Presentations
  • Professional & Community
2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3524
F 612.371.3207
Joan J. Diggs
T 612.371.3504
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota

Mark Privratsky focuses on intellectual property law matters. On the dispute resolution side, he handles patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark litigation, and also has experience in related areas in both state and federal courts involving breach of contract, tortious interference, restricted covenants, and professional duties. Regardless of the suit’s substance, Mark navigates clients through the electronically stored information world by implementing strategies to efficiently conduct e-discovery therein. On the transactional side of IP, Mark advises clients in document drafting and negotiating, including but not limited to agreements for licensing, joint development, transfers, data security, software, and mergers and acquisitions, and with respect to succession planning and monetization of intangible and other assets.

Awards & Recognition
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2014-2015)
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation - Distinguished Service Award (2015)
  • Minnesota Lawyer - Attorney of the Year (2014)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Litigation: IP, Litigation: Patent (2014, 2015, 2017)
  • LegalCORPS Volunteer of the Year (2014)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers (2011-2016)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2002-2004, 2006, 2009)
Experience

Patent Cases

  • Sorna v. Pacs Exchange, Pbtained dismissal for software company related to medical services.
  • Transunion Intelligence LLC v. Search America, Inc. Defended provider of charity care hospital-related services against allegations of patent infringement.
  • Hoo-Ahhs v. Ira Green. Obtained dismissal of design patent suit related to military and hunting gear.
  • MPHJ Technologies v. ABC Companies. Represented numerous small to mid-sized companies facing threats of patent litigation related to use of scanners.
  • American Automatrix v. TSI Inc. Defended manufacturer of high tech laboratory testing equipment against alleged patent infringement claims.
  • Canine EIC Genetics v. Animal Genetics, Inc. Successfully defended veterinary diagnostic laboratory against claims of infringement related to gene identification.
  • Digital Angel v. Datamars. Represented Datamars against patent infringement claims related to RFID tracking and identification of companion animals.
  • CNS v. Silver Eagle Labs. Represented CNS in patent infringement suit against entity making and selling infringing device used to alleviate breathing restrictions in nasal passages. 
  • Intercat v. Nol-Tec. Represented Nol-Tec in defense of patent infringement claims involving loaders used by oil refineries to refine crude oil.
  • Card Technology v. DataCard. Represented Card Technology in patent infringement suit against competitor in smart card industry. 

Trademark Cases

  • Noll v. Winmark. Obtained indemnification and defense for retailer accused of trademark infringement related to manufacturer’s products.
  • Brenneke GmbH v. Eldorado Cartridge Company. Pursued trademark infringement and deceptive trade practices case against alleged infringer of marks in shotgun slug market.
  • Cherne Industries v. IPS Corp. Represented Cherne Industries in trade dress and trademark suit against entity selling pneumatic test plugs.

Intellectual Property and Additional Representative Cases

  • URS v. ATS. Defeated motion for preliminary injunction related to enforcement of noncompetition and confidentiality agreements and protection of trade secrets, which lead to expeditious resolution of suit for client.
  • Mentor Worldwide LLC v. Trace Ford. Obtained dismissal of suit claiming violations of Trade Secrets Act and related restrictive covenants for salesperson who improved his situations by changing careers.
  • Inventitives, Inc. v. St. Jude Medical, AFD. Defended St. Jude Medical, AFD in alleged trade secret matter in the medical device industry.
  • Cedar Fair v. Minntertainment Company. Represented Cedar Fair in multiple matters related to termination of Cedar Fair as Manager of Camp Snoopy at the Mall of America.
  • LCI v. Gibis. Represented LCI against former employees who misappropriated trade secrets and related confidential information to start-up a competing company.
Media & Presentations
News Releases
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Media Mentions
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Legal Alerts
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Publications
01.01.15
“In House Pro Bono,” ABA Landslide
09.01.12
Patent Law Pro Bono: A Best Practices Handbook
10.01.11
The IP Book 9th Edition Published by Minnesota CLE
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Events
11.1.16
Data Security and Emerging Technologies, Card Isssuers Seminar
02.11.16
Can You Keep a Trade Secret?, Seminar
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Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
Professional & Community

Clerkship

  • Nebraska Supreme Court, Honorable D. Nick Caporale

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Member
  • Nebraska Bar Association, Member
  • North Dakota Bar Association , Member

Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Inequitable Conduct Sub-Comm. of Patent Litigation Comm., Co-Chair (2014); Intellectual Property Law Pro Bono Committee, Vice Chair (2013-2014), Task Force for Policy Recommendation on American Calcar v. American Honda, Chair (2014)
  • AIA Pro Bono Council, Committee Member (2012-present), Chair Insurance Subgroup (2014-Present)
  • LegalCorps IAP Screening and Advisory Committees (2011-Present)
  • Spring Lake Park Schools Clay Target Team, Assistant Coach (2016-Present)
  • SBM Fire Department Focus Group on Recruitment (2015)
  • BSA Merit Badge Counselor (2013-Present)
  • Rotary, Blaine–Ham Lake Chapter, Member (2005–2010)
  • Fourth District Ethics Committee, Member (2006–2010)
  • Street Legal Motorcycle Club, Member (2000–2010)
2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3524
F 612.371.3207
Joan J. Diggs
T 612.371.3504
  • University of Nebraska College of Law

    (J.D., with highest distinction, 1996)

  • Moorhead State University

    (B.A., summa cum laude, 1991)

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota

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