Patterson Thuente IP Names Christian Girtz as a New Partner

Patterson Thuente IP Names Christian Girtz as a New PartnerMINNEAPOLIS—February, 2018—Patterson Thuente IP has named patent attorney Christian Girtz as a partner in the firm.  He handles patent preparation and prosecution for clients in the fields of computer software, communications, and Internet and electronic commerce.

An experienced intellectual property attorney, Christian counsels clients on best practices for developing strong patents and valuable IP assets domestically and internationally. As a former software engineer, Christian is uniquely qualified to assist companies who are innovators in computer software, communications, and Internet and electronic commerce. These computer- and software-based industries have significant challenges in protecting their intellectual property due to recent U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions. Christian is able to quickly understand his clients’ technologies, provide practical advice, and develop creative strategies for gaining IP protection.

“With my background, I can ask more pointed questions of the engineers I’m working with that perhaps someone without a computer science or software background could,” explains Girtz. “Clients appreciate that I can think about how I might have implemented the solution they are looking to patent and understand the problem it’s solving.”

Christian received his J.D from William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude in 2010.  He is admitted to practice under the Supreme Court of Minnesota and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent & Trademark Office  He is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

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Patterson Thuente IP helps creative and inventive clients worldwide protect, and profit from, their ideas. Practicing in the areas of patents, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, IP litigation, international IP protection, licensing and post-grant proceedings, the firm’s attorneys excel at finding strategic solutions to complex intellectual property matters. Patterson Thuente IP’s client-base represents a range of industries, including agriculture, aviation, biotechnology, chemical, computer/Internet, defense, entertainment, health care, mechanical technologies, medical device, nanotechnology, optics, pharmaceuticals, software and telecommunications.


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