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Walter C. Linder

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Walter Linder is a partner in the Minneapolis office of Faegre & Benson. He is a former group head and administrative partner of the firm's intellectual property practice.

Walt helps growing and established companies develop and manage their worldwide intellectual property portfolios. Prior to joining Faegre & Benson, he worked in-house as intellectual property counsel at 3M. Although the focus of Walt's practice is on patents, his breadth of experience allows him to act as IP general counsel. In this role, he regularly assists clients on a wide range of intellectual property legal issues, including counseling on trademark, trade secret and copyright matters.

Patent Experience
A substantial portion of Walt's practice is devoted to assisting clients on all aspects of patent-related legal issues encountered in their businesses. Services he regularly provides include:

Developing and implementing business programs to identify, evaluate and protect valuable inventions
  • Developing and implementing IP strategies
  • Assessing and rendering opinions on the patentability of inventions
  • Building worldwide patent portfolios
  • Assessing and rendering opinions on the validity and infringement risks of patents
  • Assessing and rendering opinions on patent design-around opportunities
  • Conducting interferences before the U.S. Patent Office
  • Prosecuting reexamination and reissue patent applications
  • Conducting freedom to operate evaluations
Representative projects include:
  • Evaluated extensive third-party patent portfolios and developed defensive strategies including invalidity and noninfringement opinions and infringement design-arounds for a computer component manufacturer developing a new manufacturing platform
  • Evaluated third-party patent portfolios and provided freedom to operate opinions for a financial services company developing an electronic negotiable instrument clearing system
  • Evaluated an extensive third-party patent portfolio and successfully advised a startup cardiovascular device manufacturer on design-around and non-infringement defenses
  • Initiated a worldwide invalidity patent search and successfully identified prior art minimizing patent infringement risk for a startup cardiovascular device manufacturer
  • Evaluated VoIP (voice over internet protocol) patents and provided noninfringement opinions for an optical network provider
  • Successfully prosecuted a reexamination of a coronary guide catheter patent'
  • Successfully prosecuted a reissue of a disk drive control system patent
  • Successfully terminated without loss of rights a patent interference declared against a computer component patent
  • Successfully initiated and resolved a patent interference involving computer-controlled manufacturing technology
  • Marquette University Law School
    • J.D. (1984)
  • University of Wisconsin
    • B.S. Electrical Engineering, with honors (1981)
  • 16-September-2011 - America Invents Act and Its Near-Term Implications
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

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