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liz.wright​@FaegreBD.com

2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

D: +1 612 766 6851
F: +1 612 766 1600

Education

Mitchell Hamline School of Law (formerly William Mitchell College of Law)
J.D., summa cum laude, valedictorian, Law Review (2006)
University of Illinois
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1998)
Iowa State University
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, with distinction (1995)

Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Elizabeth Cowan Wright

Partner

Elizabeth (Liz) Cowan Wright is a member of the Faegre Baker Daniels intellectual property group. Her practice primarily focuses on patent litigation and complex intellectual property litigation. She has counseled clients during various phases of litigation, including merits/pre-suit investigations, discovery and non-dispositive motions, claim construction, dispositive motions, trial and appeal. Liz has advised and worked on matters for a variety of clients, including 3M, Seagate, Technicolor, Comcast and Boston Scientific.

Representative IP Litigation Cases

  • Litigation counsel for Seagate in patent/employment case in the District of Minnesota involving hard disk drive technology. The Court granted Seagate's motions to dismiss and for summary judgment and awarded summary judgment on Seagate's counterclaim.
  • Litigation counsel for TSI in patent case in the District of Arizona. Case settled.
  • Litigation counsel for Zimmer in patent case in the District of Delaware. Obtained stay of case pending inter partes review.
  • Trial and litigation counsel for Michael Foods, Inc. in a patent case in the Western District of Wisconsin involving pasteurized shell egg technology. Case settled.
  • Litigation counsel for Becker Underwood in patent infringement case in the Western District of Wisconsin involving seed inoculant technology. The Court granted Becker Underwood's motion for summary judgment of non-infringement.
  • Litigation counsel for Target Corporation in false marking cases in the Eastern District of Texas. The Court granted Target's motion to dismiss the claims with prejudice for failure to plead with requisite particularity.
  • Litigation counsel for Donaldson Company, Inc., in several patent infringement cases in the District of Minnesota involving filter technology. Obtained consent judgments in favor of Donaldson.
  • Litigation counsel for CarboMedics, Inc. in a dispute over intellectual property and a supply agreement for heart valve components. Liz participated in briefing on several pretrial motions. A favorable settlement for CarboMedics was reached in which ATS Medical, Inc. agreed to a payment of $7.5 million.

Liz is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she teaches the Winning Patent Litigation course along with other members of the intellectual property group and is a co-author on the course textbook.

Engineering Experience

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Liz worked for five years as an engineer at a major manufacturing corporation, where she had product and process responsibility for the manufacture of components supplied to automotive original equipment manufacturers.

Pro Bono

  • Alabama Death Row Habeas Corpus Case, Brandyn Benjamin

Honors

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Intellectual Property Litigation, 2017Rising Stars, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2012-17

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association — District of Minnesota, Vice President, Legal Education
  • The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna Intellectual Property Inn of Court — Barrister
  • AIPLA Quarterly Journal Editorial Board

Civic Activities

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law — IP Institute Advisory Board

Clerkships

  • U.S. District Court of Minnesota, Hon. Joan N. Ericksen, 2008-10

Presentations

  • The Supreme Court Term in Preview
    Eighth Circuit Bar Association, October 2016
  • PTAB: Where Are We Now?
    2016 AIPLA Spring Meeting, May 2016
  • Litigation Stays Pending PTAB Proceedings
    Minnesota CLE webinar, March 2016
  • Alternative Discovery Opportunities in the Internet Age
    Minnesota CLE, Better Discovery course, February 2016
  • Judicial Intervention in Discovery Disputes
    Moderator, Minnesota CLE, Better Discovery course, February 2016
  • 8 Top Tips for Your Twiqbal Motion
    Minnesota CLE, A Checklist Approach to Successful Motion Practice course, December 2015
  • Mock Markman Hearing
    Pakistan-United States Sharing of Judicial Experiences: Intellectual Property Rights, August 2015
  • Tips for Effective Negotiation With Opposing Counsel Over E-Discovery Scope and Search Terms
    Minnesota CLE, Effective E-Discovery course, July 2015
  • Meet the Patent Trial & Appeal Board Judges
    Moderator, Minnesota Federal Bar Association, 2014
  • Building Successful In-House/Outside Counsel Relations
    Moderator, Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, 2014
  • Implications of the AIA and Fresenius v. Baxter on Patent Litigation Strategy
    Minnesota Federal Bar Association, 2014
  • 75 Keys to Winning Your Next Patent Case
    Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2013
  • Discovery Update 2013: The Latest Developments in Patent Cases
    Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, 2013
  • America Invents Act Overview
    Minnesota CLE, 2012
  • Fraud on the Trademark Office: Not What It Use-d to Be
    Minnesota CLE, 2008

Published Articles

  • Winning Patent Litigation Casebook
    Faegre Baker Daniels, 2012
  • Plausible Deniability: How the Supreme Court Created a Heightened Pleading Standard Without Admitting They Did So
    Co-author with Sybil L. Dunlop, 33 Hamline Law Review 205, 2010
  • Pre-Suit Investigations in Patent Litigation
    American Intellectual Property Law Association CLE, 2007
  • Federal Circuit and District Court Post-KSR Obviousness Decisions
    Minnesota CLE, 2007
  • Patently Irrelevant? Use of Foreign Prosecution History as Extrinsic Evidence During Litigation of a Counterpart U.S. Patent
    10 Journal of Technology Law & Policy 1, June 2005

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