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Todd S. Werner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Carlson Caspers
225 South Sixth Street, Suite 4200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-436-9655
Fax: 612-436-9605
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2008 - 2012
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property Litigation (50%), Technology Transactions (20%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%), Civil Litigation: Defense (10%), Intellectual Property (10%)
Attorney Profile

Todd S. Werner is an attorney at Carlson Caspers who practices intellectual property litigation and counseling. Mr. Werner has nearly two decades of experience representing large and small companies confronting IP issues in a wide array of technlogies including the chemical, biotechnological, electrical, and mechanical arts. Leveraging his degree in biochemistry, Todd has extensive experience representing generic pharmaceutical companies challenging the patent rights of their competitors through ANDA litigation, as well as nutraceutical companies involved in patent disputes. With a focus on litigation in federal courts, Mr. Werner's experience also includes claims involving unfair competition, trademark disputes, and general commercial litigation.

Over the course of his career, he has successfully litigated and settled many complex and substantial patent disputes. Among his victories, Todd has defeated a series of patents to pave the way for his client to market a product with annual sales well exceeding $1 billion. He also helped a client defeat a Schlumberger subsidiary's claims of patent infringement against a small, family-owned business in Minnesota. After defeating 114 of 117 claims through a series of inter partes challenges at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Werner worked to secure an award of over a $1 million in attorneys fees in federal court.     

In addition to his private practice, Mr. Werner is heavily involved in the legal community through volunteer work. He participates in the Veteran’s Consortium Pro Bono Program. He has also handled labor and employment cases on behalf of workers through the Federal Bar Association’s Minnesota Chapter Pro Se Project, and previously taught intellectual property moot court at the University of Minnesota Law School. He also founded and serves as the President of Hopeful Halos Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to help support research for a cure for Angelman Syndrome, a very rare genetic disorder that profoundly impairs cognitive development.   

Mr. Werner graduated summa cum laude from Michigan Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. He went on to earn his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating cum laude. He is qualified to appear before all Minnesota state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 20%Technology Transactions
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10%Intellectual Property
Focus Areas

Internet, Science and Technology Law, Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law


9 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2008 - 2012

About Todd S. Werner

First Admitted: 2003, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Founder and President of Hopeful Halos Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on raising funds to support research for a cure for Angelman Syndrome.
  • Volunteer attorney for The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School for Giles. S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court

Representative Clients

  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.; Dynamic Air Inc.; Sun Pharma Global FZE; Hetero Labs Ltd. 


  • Millenium v Teva: (Velcade® anti-cancer formulation)
  • Merck Sharpe & Dohme B.V. v. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc. (Nuvaring® contraceptive)
  • M-I Drilling Fluids UK Ltd. v Dynamic Air Inc.
  • Sepracor v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
  • Altana Pharma AG and Wyeth v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
  • Abbott Laboratories, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al.
  • Valensa and University of Illinois v. Cyanotech and Nutrex-Hawaii
  • Purdue v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.


  • Super Lawyer, 2013-2019
  • , Best Lawyers in America,, 2019
  • Rising Star, 2008–2012
  • Provided over 50 hours or pro bono legal services to indigent clients., North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “Key IP Legal Trends 2017-2018 in Brief – Biotechnology, Medical Devices, and Digital Health,” Chapter 12, The IP Book 2018, 16th Ed. (2018)
  • Property Moot Court, University of Minnesota Law School

Bar/Professional Activity

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

Educational Background

  • Michigan Technological University, B.S., Biochemistry, summa cum laude


  • “ Hard working, smart, and effective litigator.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Todd S. Werner

225 South Sixth Street
Suite 4200
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-436-9655

Fax: 612-436-9605

Last Updated: 6/10/2021

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