Professor Christopher M. Turoski is the Director of Patent Law Programs at the University of Minnesota Law School. Turoski brings two decades of progressive, real-world experience to lead the J.D., MS.C. and LL.M in Patent Law programs. In this role, he makes certain both the programs and the students are prepared to excel in the modern business environment.
Previously, Turoski held a series of executive-level positions at Cargill, Inc. As a vice president at Cargill Animal Nutrition Technologies, he led all intellectual property aspects of a multibillion-euro acquisition of the company’s primary competitor. As secretary and counsel for Format Solutions, a Cargill subsidiary, he led a worldwide multimillion-dollar intellectual property and software licensing program. He also served as managing senior counsel at Cargill, leading a global team of lawyers and professionals.
Turoski served on the adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He began his legal career counseling on complex business issues at Foley & Lardner, an international law firm. He graduated magna cum laude from the Univeristy of Minnesota Law School, where he served on the Minnesota Law Review. He earned his B.S. in chemistry magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. His volunteer experience includes serving as secretary and general counsel for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.
A critical battle against systemic racism currently engages the United States. Patent practitioners across the country—from the University of Minnesota Law School (a mere 2.5 miles from the location of the killing of George Floyd) to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia (another 1,000 miles away)—must cast a critical eye towards our profession to identify systemic barriers in the patent field.