Ronald J. Schutz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Robins Kaplan LLP
 | 800 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-349-8500
Fax: 612-339-4181
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Ronald J. Schutz is a partner with Robins Kaplan LLP law firm, which has offices located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and New York, New York. Nationally recognized as one of the top attorneys in his region as well as the entire country, Mr. Schutz serves as chair for the firm's executive board, and he provides unmatched legal counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the nation who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    ·       Intellectual property and technology litigation

    ·       International Trade Commission issues and Section 337 disputes

    ·       Trademark, advertising and brand litigation

    ·       Business litigation

    ·       Strategic IP monetization

    ·       Patent office trials and patent litigation

    ·       Trade secret litigation

    ·       Software litigation

    ·       Health care litigation

    ·       License disputes

    ·       Affirmative recovery

    Throughout the course of his legal career, Mr. Schutz has achieved significant success advocating on behalf of his clients in state and federal courts. Among his most notable successes include jury verdicts of $110 million, $66 million, $35 million and $25 million in addition to the numerous other multimillion-dollar verdicts he has secured.

    Honored for his success, he has received numerous awards and accolades from his peers, including perennial designation from The National Law Journal as among the Top 10 Winning Litigators in the United States as well as consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America. He also holds an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and Lawdragon voted him among the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. These are a few of the many honors he has received over the course of his distinguished career.

    A 1978 magna cum laude graduate of Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, Mr. Schutz obtained his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1981, and he was an active member of the school's Law Review. He then served a four-year tour of duty with the U.S. Army's JAG Corps before entering private practice.

    A leader in his legal community, Mr. Schutz has served as chair of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection and member of the Adjutant General Search Committee. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and many other local, state and national legal organizations, and he is a fellow with the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Schutz has also appeared on various radio and television news outlets, where he has offered in-depth legal commentary on a variety of subjects.

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    Practice Areas
    • 80%Intellectual Property Litigation
    • 20%Business Litigation

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 18 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020

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    About Ronald Schutz

    Admitted: 1981, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: https://www.robinskaplan.com/professionals/s/ronald-schutz

    Honors/Awards:

    • According to Chambers USA’s profile “Ron Schutz’s trial experience has earned him a reputation as ‘one of the most successful IP lawyers in the country.’  Schutz, chair of the firm’s IP litigation department, has won a series of huge victories running to hundreds of millions of dollars.
    • Named by Minnesota Lawyer as one of its “Attorneys of the Year” (2004) 
    • Named a “Top 10 Winning Attorney,” by The National Law Journal (2008)
    • Named to “3000 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon (2007)
    • Named a “Minnesota Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation,” Super Lawyers (2003-2019),  “Top 10 Super Lawyers” (2009, 2012-2018), and “Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers” (2006-2019)
    • Named a “Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2020
    • Listed in IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists, Strategy 300, IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists, 2019
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2019
    • Named a “Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2019
    • Listed in Who's Who Legal: Patents, from 2017-present. , Who's Who Legal: Patents, Who's Who, 2019
    • Listed as a “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,” IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2019), Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer”, IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2019
    • Years of experience and a list of achievements, not to mention the keen ability to lead, succeed in the courtroom or in a conference room, and inspire others. These are just a few of the characteristics that the honorees of Finance & Commerce and Minnesota Lawyer’s ICONs have in common. , Minnesota ICON, Finance & Commerce and Minnesota Lawyer, 2018
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2018
    • Listed in IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists, IAM Strategy 300, IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists, 2018
    • Listed as a “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,” IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer”, IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2018
    • Recognizing patent stars in the US, 2017-2018, Patent Star, Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
    • Listed in “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon (2010-2018), 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2018
    • Listed as a “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,” IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer”, IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2017
    • Recognition for outstanding service and professional achievement., Marquette University Opus College of Engineering Professional Achievement Award , Marquette University, 2017
    • Recipient of the Marquette University Opus College of Engineering Professional Achievement Award (2017), Professional Achievement Award, Marquette University Opus College of Engineering, 2017
    • Named a “Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation (2011-2017 editions), Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2017
    • Named a “Patent Star” Managing Intellectual Property, Patent Star, Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, 2017
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2017
    • Named “Minneapolis Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers (2010, 2011, and 2017 editions), Minneapolis Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year,, Best Lawyers, 2017
    • Listed as a “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,” IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer”, IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2016
    • Named a Patent Star by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine., Patent Star, Managing Intellectual Property, 2016
    • Named a “Life Sciences Star,” LMG Life Sciences (2012-2014, 2016), Named a "Life Sciences Star", LMG Life Sciences, 2016
    • Named a “Top Author” by JD Supra (2016), Top Author, JD Supra, 2016
    • Listed as one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America., 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2016
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2016
    • Included in The Best Lawyers in America Eleventh Edition to the present (22d Edition), 2016
    • Ranked #1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA (2008-2016), 2016
    • Named an “IP Star,” Managing Intellectual Property (2013-2015), IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property, 2015
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2015
    • Listed as one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America., 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2015
    • Listed as a “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,” IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer”, IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2015
    • Named a “Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation (2011-2015 editions), Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2015
    • Intellectual Property Trailblazer & Pioneer, The National Law Journal , 2014
    • Listed as one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America., 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2014
    • Listed as a “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,” IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,”, IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2014
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2014
    • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property, 2014
    • Life Sciences Star, LMG Life Sciences, 2014
    • Life Sciences Star, LMG Life Sciences, 2013
    • Named an “IP Star,” Managing Intellectual Property (2013-2014), IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property, 2013
    • Listed as a “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,” IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2019), “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer”, IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2013
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2013
    • Listed as one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America., 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2013
    • Listed as one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America., 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2013
    • Named a “Life Science Star,” LMG Life Sciences (2012), 2012
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2012
    • Listed as one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America., 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2012
    • Listed as a “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,” IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners , Listed as a “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,” , IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners , 2012
    • Listed as a “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,” IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012), 2012
    • Listed in IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists (2012), IAM Strategy 300, IAM, 2012
    • Listed in "500 Leading Lawyers in America" Lawdragon (2010, 2011, 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2011
    • Listed as one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America., 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Law Dragon, 2011
    • Listed in IAM250 - World Leading IP Strategists (2011), 2011
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2011
    • Minneapolis Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers (2011), Minneapolis Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2011
    • In 2010 Campaigns & Elections Magazine named Mr. Schutz one of the 100 most influential people in Minnesota politics., Named one of the 100 most influential people in Minnesota politics., Campaigns & Elections Magazine , 2010
    • Named a "Litigation Star," Legal Media Group Benchmark Litigation Survey (2010), Litigation Star, Legal Media Group Benchmark Litigation Survey, 2010
    • Listed in IAM250 - World Leading IP Strategists, Intellectual Asset Magazine, Intellectual Asset Management Magazine, 2010
    • Listed as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2010
    • Ranked #1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, 2010
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2010
    • Ranked #1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, 2009
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2009
    • Listed in IAM250 - World Leading IP Strategists, Intellectual Asset Magazine, 2009
    • Recipient of the "Distinguished Alumni Award," Minnesota Law Review, 2009
    • Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, Ranked Tier 1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2008
    • Ranked #1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, 2008
    • National Law Journal 2008: Named one of the nation's Top 10 Winning Litigators, Named one of the nation's Top 10 Winning Litigators, National Law Journal, 2008
    • Included in The Best Lawyers in America Eleventh Edition to the present

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • University of Minnesota Law Alumni Association, President (2002-2003)
    • St. Thomas Law School Journal of Law and Public Policy, Board of Advisors
    • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow 
    • Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection, Chairman
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Adjutant General Search Committee, Member
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U. S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • U. S. District Court, Minnesota
    • U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • Minnesota
    • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
    • U. S. Court of Military Appeals
    • U. S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
    • U. S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
    • U. S. Army Court of Military Review
    • New York
    • Pawlenty for President, Chairman of the Board of Directors,  2011-2012
    • IP Inn of Court, 2019
    • Minnesota Law School Alumni Association, Past President
    • Past Chair, Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Northwest Suburbs Cable Communication Commission (1987-1989)
    • Intellectual Takeout, Chair of the Board
    • YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, Board of Directors
    • Chair, Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission., 2010
    • Board of Directors, Minnesota Business Partnership, 2020
    • Board Member, Center of the American Experiment, 2020
    • Board of Advisors, William Mitchell College of Law IP Institute, 2015
    • Board Member, Tee It Up For The Troops, 2020
    • Member, Minnesota Adjutant General Search Committee (Appointed by Governor Pawlenty), 2009
    • Board Member, YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis, 2020
    • Board of Advisors, University of Minnesota Law Review
    • Member, Minnesota Adjutant General Search Committee (appointed by Governor Pawlenty), 2010
    • Board Member, Guthrie Theater, 2020
    • Board of Advisors, University of St. Thomas College of Law, 2020

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Patent Infringement Litigation, Patent Resources Group, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida (April 6, 2006)
    • Patent Litigation: Big Changes on the Horizon, Inventors Network, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 21, 2006) 
    • The 20th Annual General Counsel Conference (Panelist), Corporate Counsel, New York, New York (June 9, 2008)
    • Financing IP Litigation, The Wall Street Transcript, San Francisco, California (July 20, 2006)
    • Seventh Annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation, The Sedona Conference Institute, Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, Sedona, Arizona (July 28, 2006)
    • Adopting a Theme for Your Case, The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, Redwood City (San Francisco), California (September 28, 2006)
    • Patent Infringement Litigation, Patent Resources Group, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada (October 16, 2006)
    • Strategies for Managing Intellectual Property Litigation, IncreMental Advantage, The Harvard Club, New York City, New York (February 28, 2007)
    • Gunfight at the IP Coral - World Class Trial Lawyers Demonstrate How to Win a Bet the Company Case, AIPLA, Boston, Massachusetts (May 9, 2007)
    • Licensing, Portfolio Monetization, and the Future of Contingency Fee Patent Litigation, 8th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, San Jose, California (November 28, 2007)
    • Case Study: Ensuring Optimum Efficiency when Litigation Work is Outsourced, American Conference Institute's LPO Summit, New York, New York (February 23, 2009)
    • Demystifying Judicial Appointments, Minnesota State Bar Association, Duluth, Minnesota (June 16, 2008)
    • The Role of IP Litigation, Incremental Advantage, Managing Intellectual Property for Maximum Returns Conference, San Francisco, California (July 16, 2008)
    • Avoiding the Potential Pitfalls in Litigation Where Work has Been Outsourced, American Conference Institute, LPO Summit, New York, New York (September 15, 2008)
    • First Chair Forum for Private Practitioners and First Chair Forum for In-House Counsel, 2008 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, Minnesota CLE Conference Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 25, 2008)
    • Trends Inside the Courtroom: What Every Licensing Professional Should Know, LES, Anaheim, California (March 13, 2012)
    • Tenth Annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation, The Sedona Conference Institute, Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, Sedona, Arizona (October 22, 2009)
    • Litigating with an Acquired Patent: Proving that Trolls are Really Warm Fuzzy Creatures, AIPLA, La Quinta, California (January 29, 2010)
    • Declaratory Judgment and Related Matters in Patent Litigation (Webinar), IP Chat Channel (February 25, 2010)
    • Judicial Diversity and the Selection Process - A Panel Discussion, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association and Minnesota Association for Justice, Stillwater, Minnesota (June 25, 2010)
    • Post Verdict Issues: Injunctions, Royalties & Contempt Proceedings (Panelist), The 11th Annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation, Phoenix, Arizona (October 21, 2010)
    • Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Panel Presentation on Patent Jury Trials, Minneapolis, MN (April 29, 2011)
    • Transforming Our Trade Agenda For The Innovation Economy, Panel Member, Minnesota High Tech Association (August 31, 2011)
    • The America Invents Act-Litigation Changes, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 17, 2011)
    • Balancing the Equities and Interests: Do Defendants Really Want to Go It Alone? (Panelist), Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, Plano, Texas (October 26, 2012)
    • Using AFA for Cost Effective Management of Patent Litigation, Digital Sandbox Network, New York, New York (March 14, 2012)
    • Case Management Post-AIA; Damages and Remedies; Claim Construction; Discovery; Expert Issues (Panelist), Thirteenth Annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation, Del Mar, California (October 11, 2012)
    • Pitfalls in IP Practice That Lead to Allegations of Malpractice, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law Eleventh Annual Spring Educational Programs, Washington National Airport Hilton, Arlington, Virginia (April 11, 1996)
    • The 75 Keys to Winning Your Next Patent Case, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (July 18, 2013)
    • Separating Fact from Fiction in Litigation by "Non-Practicing Entities, American Conference Institute, New York, New York (December 11, 2013)
    • Intellectual Property Law Update, 2014 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference, Omaha, Nebraska (August 7, 2014)
    • New Procedural Developments in Patent Litigation and Their Implications, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 19, 2014)
    • Emerging Trends in Patent Litigation, Panel, USC Gould School of Law 2015 Intellectual Property Institute, Los Angeles, California (March 24, 2015)
    • Panel Private Party IP Litigation, Pakistan Judges Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 10, 2015)
    • IP Litigation Roundtable Discussion, U.S. Agency for International Development, Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 23, 2016)
    • Making the Complex Comprehensible, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (December 16, 2016)
    • Making the Complex Comprehensible: Tips, Techniques and Tactics from Opening Statement to Closing Argument, Midwest IP Institute (September 28, 2017)
    • Deals Done Right: Lessons Learned from Top Litigators, LF Dealmakers Forum (September 19, 2019)
    • Pretrial Strategies, Intellectual Property Litigation Seminar, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 10, 1995)
    • Patent Litigation, Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association CLE at the 1995 Minnesota State Bar Association Convention, Bloomington, Minnesota (June 22, 1995)
    • How to Work with and Prepare Expert Witnesses in Federal Court Commercial Litigation to Support a $110 Million Verdict, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Minneapolis Athletic Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 18, 1995)
    • Strategic Considerations and the Interplay Between Licensing and Litigation, Licensing Executives Society Luncheon Meeting, Minneapolis Athletic Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2, 1995)
    • Pretrial Planning and Strategy in the $100 Million Patent Case, 1997 National CLE Conference on Intellectual Property Law, Law Education Institute, Inc. and The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Vail, Colorado (January 13-19, 1997)
    • High Stakes-High Tech Intellectual Property Trials Course Chair, Minnesota Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Bloomington Marriott Hotel, Bloomington, Minnesota (April 12, 1996)
    • Organizing the Conduct of the Trial for Success, The American Conference Institute Seminar on Jury Trials in Patent and High Tech Litigation, Hotel Nikko, Chicago, Illinois (April 22-23, 1996)
    • Patent Malpractice: Avoiding, Defending Against, and Asserting, Patent Resources Group, The Registry Resort, Naples, Florida (April 25-27, 1996)
    • Analysis of Fonar v. General Electric, Including Litigation Trends and Tactics, Law & Politics Intellectual Property Law CLE, Minneapolis Athletic Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 20, 1996)
    • Trial Skills Seminar-Demonstrative and Computer Evidence, Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, Minnesota Law Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 13, 1996)
    • How to Introduce and Use Exhibits in the Courtroom, Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, Minnesota Law Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 29, 1996)
    • Courtroom Technology Trying Civil and Criminal Cases in New Ways, Suffolk Academy of Law, Hauppauge, New York (October 19, 1998)
    • Demonstrative Evidence, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Bloomington Marriott Hotel, Bloomington, Minnesota (January 31, 1997)
    • Organizing the Trial for Successful Jury Trials in Patent and High Tech Litigation, American Conference Institute, Park Lane Hotel, New York, New York (May 1-2, 1997)
    • Case Study of Patent Infringement Damages From Beginning to End, Law & Politics Intellectual Property Damages Seminar, Minneapolis Athletic Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 5, 1997)
    • Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights, Directors Roundtable National Conference for Corporate Counsel, Stamford, Connecticut (October 30, 1997)
    • Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights, Directors Roundtable Conference for Corporate Counsel, Harvard Club, New York, New York (October 30, 1997)
    • Preparing for and Winning the $100 Million Patent Case, 1998 National CLE Conference-Intellectual Property Law, Vail, Colorado (January 6-10, 1998)
    • Using Technology in Litigation, Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 20, 1998)
    • Valuation of Intellectual Capital, ICM Conferences, Park Hyatt Hotel, Los Angeles, California (August 26, 1998)
    • Valuation of Intellectual Capital, ICM Conferences, Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York, New York (September 17, 1998)
    • The Trial Lawyer's Approach to Winning Patent Cases, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois (September 7, 2000)
    • Business Implications of Recent Patent Infringement Cases, Annual Meeting of the Licensing Executives Society, The Fountainebleau Hilton, Miami Beach, Florida (October 26, 1998)
    • Preparing the Trial Theme From Day One, 1999 National CLE Conference-Intellectual Property Law, Vail, Colorado (January 12, 1999)
    • Trade Secrets, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (January 12, 1999)
    • Basic Patent Infringement Litigation, Patent Resources Group, Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage, California (October 13-15, 1999)
    • Basic Patent Infringement Litigation, Patent Resources Group, The Registry Resort, Naples, Florida (April 13-15, 2000)
    • Patent Strategies 2003, FindLaw Corporate Counsel Center, Glasser Legal Works, Stanford University, Stanford, California (June 9, 2003)
    • Key Issues Facing Boards of Directors: Strategic Intellectual Property Portfolio Management, The Directors Roundtable, Hotel Intercontinental, Los Angeles, California (October 4, 2000)
    • Patent Litigation, The Sedona Conference, Sedona Arizona (November 9-20, 2000)
    • Handling Intellectual Property in Business Transactions, Practicing Law Institute, Tyson's Corner, Virginia (February 12-13, 2001)
    • Basic Patent Infringement Litigation, Patent Resources Group, Westin Innisbrook Resort, Tampa Bay, Florida (April 22-24, 2001)
    • Patent Litigation, The Sedona Conference, Sedona, Arizona (November 15-16, 2001)
    • Demonstrative Evidence-Using Evidence Throughout a Trial, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota (January 15, 2002)
    • Corporate Counsel-Keeping Ahead of the Game in 2002, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Calhoun Beach Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota (January 30, 2002), 1900
    • Handling Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions-Due Diligence in Intellectual Property Transactions, Practicing Law Institute, Pentagon City, Virginia (February 11-12, 2002)
    • Managing the Gladiators-Surviving Patent Litigation, AUTM 2002 Annual Meeting, San Diego, California (February 28-March 2, 2002)
    • Basic Patent Infringement Litigation, Patent Resources Group, The Registry Resort, Naples, Florida (May 2-3, 2002)
    • Patent Strategies 2003, Glasser Legal Works, Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts (April 29, 2003)
    • Sixth Annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation, Sedona, Arizona (October 27-28, 2005)
    • Contingent Fee IP Litigation: Are Potential Rewards Worth the Risks?, 2003 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis Minnesota (September 18-19, 2003)
    • Patent Litigation IV, The Sedona Conference, Radisson Poco Diablo, Sedona, Arizona (November 20-21, 2003)
    • Managing the Gladiators-Surviving Patent Litigation, AUTM 2004 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas (March 6, 2004)
    • Patent Infringement Litigation, Patent Resources Group, The Registry Resort, Naples, Florida (April 22-24, 2004)
    • Licensing and Negotiation Strategies: The Litigator's Perspective, AIPLA 28th Mid-Winter Institute, Orlando, Florida (January 26, 2005)
    • What Should IP Laws Protect Going Forward?, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois (August 6, 2005)
    • Patent Litigation: Big Changes on the Horizon, Association for Corporate Growth-Silicon Valley Chapter, Los Altos Hills, California (October 13, 2005)
    • Courtroom developments and their impact on patent monetisation, 2012 IP Monetisation (October 2012), Courtroom developments and their impact on patent monetisation, IP Monetisation, 2012
    • Debate Continues Over Paid-in-Full Patent Awards, The National Law Journal (December 12, 2011), 2011
    • Non-Practicing Entities and Permanent Injunctions Post-eBay The Sedona Conference Journal, Vol. 12 (Fall 2011), 2011
    • Unchartered Waters: Determining Ongoing Royalties for Victorious Patent Holders Denied an Injunction The Sedona Conference Journal, Vol. XI (Fall 2010) (with Patrick Arenz), 2010
    • Proving Willful Infringement Post-Seagate: Don't Divorce the Willfulness Analysis from its Tort Foundations as an Intent InquiryThe Sedona Conference Journal, Vol. X (Fall 2009) (with Brenda Joly), 2009
    • Balancing the Equities and Interests: Do Defendants Really Want to Go It Alone? (Panelist)Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, Plano, Texas (October 26, 2012), 2012
    • Trends Inside the Courtroom: What Every Licensing Professional Should Know LES, Anaheim, California (March 13, 2012), 2012

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Schwan's Shared Services, LLC v. McGill Technology Limited  (D. Mich.)
    • Grantley v. Clear Channel Communications, Inc
    • Luigino's, Inc. v. Robert Peterson and IBP,
    • Megdal Associates LLC v. La-Z-Boy, Inc, (S.D. Fla. 2016)
    • Grantley v. Clear Channel Communication
    • Imation Corp. v. Koninklijke Philips Elec. N.V., et al., 586 F.3d 980 (Fed. Cir. 2009)
    • Luigino's, Inc. v. Peterson et al., 317 F.3d 909 (8th Cir. 2003)
    • Display Solutions v. Daktronics, 983 F. Supp. 1476 (N.D. Ga. 1997)
    • Fonar Corporation v. General Electric Co., 107 F.3d 1543 (Fed. Cir.), cert. denied, 118 S.Ct. 266 (1997)
    • Storer v. Hayes, 995 F.Supp. 185 (D. Mass. 1998)
    • Ag-Chem Equipment Co. v. Tyler Industries (D.Minn.)
    • LP Matthews LLC v. Bath & Body Works, et al. (D. Del.)
    • Internet Media Corporation v. Dell, et al. (D. Del.)
    • LLC v. McGill Technology Limited  (D. Mich.)
    • BTG International, Inc. v. Amazon.com, et al. (D. Del.)
    • Hark Chan (Techsearch LLC) v. Intuit, Symantec, Electronic Arts (N.D. Calif.)
    • PointDX Inc. v. Voxar, Inc. (M.D. N.C.)
    • Netcentives v. Carlson Companies, Inc. (N.D. Calif.)
    • Collins Associates v. Object Design, Inc. (D. Mass.)
    • Drexler Technology Corporation v. Sony Corporation and Dolby Laboratories, (N.D. Calif.)
    • General Mills, Inc. v. Rhodes Bake-N-Serv
    • Manufacturing Administration & Management (MAMS) v. ICT Group,  212 F.R.D. 110 (E.D.N.Y. 2002)
    • Edge Specialists v. Citadel (N.D. Ill.)
    • Fargo Electronics v. Iris Ltd., Inc. (D. Minn.)
    • Fargo Electronics, Inc. v. Sony Chemicals (D. Minn.)
    • Fargo Electronics, Inc. v. Magnacolor, et al.  (D. Minn.)
    • General Mills v. Farley (D. Minn.)
    • General Mills, Inc. v. Hom/Ade Foods (E.D. Texas)
    • General Mills, Inc. v. Kraft Foods Global, Inc. (D. Minn.).
    • Trial Counsel in St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, Inc. v. Canon, Inc. et al., No. 03-241 (D. Del., filed February 28, 2003) a case in which a federal jury in Wilmington, Delaware awarded Mr. Schutz's client, St. Clair, $34.7 million after a finding that Canon infringed four patents relating to digital camera technology. The verdict was announced on October 8, 2004.
    • General Mills, Inc. v. Conagra, Inc. (D. Minn.)
    • TVI v. Microsoft, (N.D. Calif.).
    • Trial Counsel in LaserMaster Corporation v. Sentinel Imaging resulted in jury verdict of $2.2 million in a trade secret misappropriation case. Retained as trial counsel only five weeks before trial. LaserMaster Corporation v. Sentinel Imaging, Civ. No. 4-96-746 (D. Minn. 1997).
    • Trial counsel in Personal Audio LLC v. Apple Inc., a patent infringement case in which a Texas federal jury awarded our client, Personal Audio LLC, $8 million in damages for infringing a patent for an audio player that can download or receive navigable playlists.  The jury found that Apple's iPods infringed the patent. The verdict was announced on July 8, 2011.   The court also awarded prejudgment interest in the amount of $4,182,331 for a total judgment of $12,182,331., 2011
    • Settlement of $13.5 million in Megdal v. La-Z-Boy case, 2017
    • Trial Counsel in Grantley Patent Holdings, Inc. v. Clear Channel Communications, Inc., a patent infringement case in which a federal jury in the Eastern District of Texas awarded Grantley Corporation, Mr. Schutz's client, $66 million for infringing four patents related to an integrated inventory management system for radio advertising time.  The jury also found that the infringement was willful.  The verdict was announced on April 22, 2008.  On June 11, 2008, the court enhanced the damages by more than $16.5 million, awarded prejudgment interest, and entered judgment totaling more than $89,000,000.
    • Trial Counsel in St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, Inc. v. Fuji, Ltd. et al., No. 03-241 (D. Del., filed February 28, 2003) a case in which a federal jury in Wilmington, Delaware awarded Mr. Schutz's client, St. Clair, $3 million after a finding that Fuji infringed four patents relating to digital camera technology. The verdict was announced on October 25, 2004.
    • Trial Counsel in Carlson Marketing Group, Inc. et al. v. SME Associates, et al., Case No. CT 02-012914 (D.Ct. Minn. 2002); represented Carlson in an action against SME and its principals for theft of trade secrets relating to Carlson's Olympic hospitality business for the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. Obtained a temporary injunction and later a settlement including a permanent injunction.
    • Fonar Corporation MRI Patent Litigation.  Represented Fonar Corporation in a series of patent infringement cases in New York, Delaware, and California related to MRI technology.   After a jury verdict against General Electric for $110 million in the Eastern District of New York all of the other cases eventually settled.  The settling defendants included:  Siemens, Philips, Toshiba, Hitachi, Shimadzu, Health Images, and Elscint.  Total settlements and royalties in the enforcement of the Fonar patents was over $200 million.
    • Trial Counsel in Fonar Corporation v. General Electric, a patent infringement case in which a federal jury in New York awarded Fonar Corporation $110.5 million. The National Law Journal listed this case as the seventh largest jury verdict of any type in 1995. The case was affirmed on appeal in the amount of $103 million and was cited by IP Worldwide as the largest patent jury verdict ever upheld on appeal at the time. Fonar Corporation v. General Electric Co., 107 F.3d 1543 (Fed. Cir.), cert. denied, 118 S.Ct. 266 (1997).
    • Trial Counsel in St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, Inc. v. Sony Corp. et al., No. 01-557 (D. Del., filed Aug. 14, 2001) a case in which a federal jury in Wilmington, Delaware awarded the client, St. Clair, $25 million after a finding that Sony infringed four patents relating to digital camera technology. The verdict was announced on February 25, 2003. The parties entered into a license agreement two days later, the terms of which are confidential.
    • Trial Counsel in Luigino's, Inc. v. Robert Peterson and IBP; represented Robert Peterson, the CEO of IBP, and the company, in the defense of a $500 million theft of trade secret, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract case. The district court dismissed the case on a motion for summary judgment shortly before trial, a decision that was affirmed on appeal. Luigino's, Inc. v. Peterson et al., 317 F.3d 909 (8th Cir. 2003).
    • St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, Inc. Digital Camera Patent Litigation (D. Del.).  Represented St. Clair in a series of patent infringement suits involving digital camera technology that started in 2002.  Three of those cases proceeded to trial and resulted in verdicts of $34.7 million, $25 million, and $3 million.  (Further details on these three verdicts above.)  Settlements were reached prior to trials with the following defendants:  Olympus, Nikon, Minolta, Seiko-Epson, Kodak, JVC, Panasonic, Kyocera, Samsung, Sanyo, Casio, Pentax, LG, BenQ, Concord, General Imaging Co., and Pantech.  Settlements were reached after trials with Sony and Canon.  Total settlements in this litigation have exceeded $240 million.
    • Trial Counsel in Megdal Associates, LLC v. La-Z-Boy, Inc.  Represented Megdal in a breach of contract action against La-Z-Boy.  Won jury verdict of $5.7 million., 2016

    Representative Clients:

    • Representation of Andersen Corporation in Intellectual Property matters.

    Educational Background:

    • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, Marquette University, 1978
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