David Swenson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Patterson Thuente IP
 | 80 South Eighth Street, Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-349-5758
Fax: 612-349-9266
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017, 2021
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (40%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Intellectual Property (10%),
  • Technology Transactions (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Attorney David Swenson is a partner with Patterson Thuente IP law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and he serves as chair for the firm's litigation practice. A top-rated trial, transactional and appellate attorney with more than 26 years of total legal experience, Mr. Swenson provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Twin Cities metro region and all across the state who have legal needs involving intellectual property, patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Swenson has represented some of the country's largest corporations in a variety of industries along with numerous small businesses and startups as well as individual inventors seeking to protect their important ideas, innovations and trade secrets. Along with intellectual property disputes, he has also handled a wide range of other civil matters, including contract disputes, employment law matters, products liability cases and more.

A highly versatile lawyer, Mr. Swenson has represented his clients in court involving infringements of registered patents, trademarks and copyrights, and he has provided unmatched counsel to help them obtain the protections they need. He has also handled many appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Swenson has earned recognition from America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for Minnesota, and Global Law Experts voted his practice Patent Litigation Firm of the Year in 2015 and 2018. He has also received the Equal Justice Award in Advocacy from the Council on Crime and Justice along with many other consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers.

A 1990 graduate of Boston College with a degree in computer science, Mr. Swenson received his Master of Arts in public affairs with a concentration in Energy, Technology and the Environment from the University of Minnesota in 1993. The following year, he obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School.

He holds his license to practice in Minnesota, Illinois and the District of Columbia, and he is admitted to practice before various U.S. District Courts across the nation as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th and Federal Circuits, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 20%Appellate
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10%Intellectual Property
  • 10%Technology Transactions
Focus Areas

Appeals, Trade Secret, Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017, 2021

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About David Swenson

Admitted: 1996, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.ptslaw.com/attorney/swenson-david-p/


  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2014 – 2017
  • Equal Justice Award in Advocacy, Council on Crime & Justice, 2012
  • Global Law Experts, Patent Litigation Firm of the Year in Minnesota, 2015 & 2018 (team award)
  • My practice group and I were nominated and selected for this award, Larkin Hoffman - Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Minnesota, Global Law Experts, 2018
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for Minnesota, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, N.D. Illinois, W.D. Wisconsin, North Dakota, E.D. Michigan & E.D. Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Jungle Theater, Board of Directors, Minneapolis, 2013 - 2018
  • The Mills Health Clinic, Founding Director, 2013 - 2017
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Journal Advisory Board
  • State of Minnesota Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board, 2011-2012

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Minnesota Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board in 2011 - 2012
  • Choreo Theatro Company, Board of Directors, Brooklyn, NY
  • The Ladder for America, Board of Directors, Minneapolis, MN

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Spoke on Section 101 at the U TX Law School's 20th Annual Advanced Patent Law Conference, and was a presenter at the 2nd Annual Damages Roundtable, Speaker, U TX Law School, 2015
  • Speaker, Patent Litigation Update: Venue, Appeals, Damages, Estoppel Issues, and Managing Co-Pending District Court/IPR Proceedings, AIPLA Electronic & Computer Law Summit, 2019
  • Author, Patent Infringement Suits Come to You, Minnesota Business Magazine, 2018
  • Do I Need an Attorney to Apply for a Trademark? Potential Legal Hurdles in the Trademark Process, Superlawyers.com, 2017
  • Panelist at Damages Roundtable in Conjunction with annual Patent Law Institute, Nov. 4, 2015, Panelist, Damages Roundtable, University of Texas, Austin, Law School
  • Speaker at 20th Advanced Patent Law Institute, November 5, 2015, Speaker, Alice 101 in the District Courts, University of Texas at Austin Law School
  • Panelist in Online CLE, Panelist, Significant Developments in U.S. Patent Law, The Knowledge Group, 2016
  • Presented at annual IIPLA meeting, Speaker, Recent Supreme Court & Federal Circuit Decisions, Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association, Agricultural, Engineering, 2016
  • Moderator & Speaker, Go Litigators! The Impact of Recent Hot Patent Decisions, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Patent Owners, Led panel at AIPLA Spring Meeting in Seattle, May 16, 2018


  • NCR Corp. v. Netscape (D. Del. 2001)
  • TiVo Inc. v. Verizon Communications Inc. (E.D. Texas)
  • General Mills, Inc. v. Kraft Foods Global, Inc. (495 F.3d 1378, Fed. Cir. 2007)
  • Imation Corp. v. Koninklijke Philips Elec. N.V. (586 F.3d 980, Fed. Cir. 2009)
  • Extreme Networks, Inc. v. Enterasys Networks, Inc. (2010)
  • Stanford v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. (131 S. Ct. 2188, 2011)
  • Brookins v. Caterpillar Inc. (D.N.D 2019)
  • EcoNugenics v. Bioenergy Life Science, Inc.
  • Gramm v. Deere & Co.

Representative Clients:

  • On behalf of client Richard Gramm and his company Headsight, in Oct. 2018 I was lead counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court winning a grant, vacate, remand (GVR) order on petition for certiorari, vacating a Federal Circuit decision in two IPRs adverse to our client and the matters have now been further remanding to the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) for a new decision consistent with the GVR order., 2018
  • Western Union Co. v. MoneyGram Payment Sys., Inc., 626 F.3d 1361 (Fed. Cir. 2010): Helped win full reversal and entry of judgment that Western Union’s patent claims asserted against MoneyGram were obvious and thus invalid., 2010

Educational Background:

  • The University of Minnesota, M.A. in Public Affairs, Concentration in Energy, Technology and the Environment, 1993
  • Boston College, B.S. in Computer Science, 1990

Industry Groups

  • Cellular Phones
  • Computer
  • Financial Technology
  • High Tech
  • Mechanical
  • Medical Devices
  • Software
  • Start Ups
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Office Location for David Swenson

80 South Eighth Street
Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-349-5758

Fax: 612-349-9266

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Last Updated: 4/9/2021

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