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Areas of Practice
  • Clean Technologies
  • Electrical & Computers
  • Mechanical & Electromechanical
  • Medical Devices
IP Services
  • Acquisition Due Diligence
  • Foreign Rights
  • Freedom To Operate
  • Licensing
  • Opinions
  • Patent Analytics
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Portfolio Management & Analysis
Overview
Education
Bar Admissions & Associations
Representative Patents & Published Works
Past Experience
Overview
Overview

Mr. Timothy J. Christman transitioned from an electrical engineering career to a legal career at Schwegman in 2007, eager to help Schwegman’s clients protect their ideas. Since then, having had the privilege to work with Schwegman’s broad and diverse range of clients, Mr. Christman has handled intellectual property matters for concepts ranging from the incremental to the revolutionary. Mr. Christman and Schwegman understand that all of the matters handled by our firm are important to our clients and deserve the highest level of care.

Mr. Christman assists his clients through activities such as patent drafting, acquisition, and supporting diligence. Mr. Christman is also well-versed in patent clearance investigations and can assist his clients in legal process development and agreement work. Mr. Christman helps clients understand the benefits – and limitations – of a variety of intellectual property protection regimes including patents and trade secrets.

By way of particular areas of emphasis, Mr. Christman enjoys working on matters related to medical technology, including implantable devices, surgical apparatus, and medical imaging. Generally, Mr. Christman is also conversant in physics-oriented domains such as relating to imaging science, acoustics, electromagnetics, and spectroscopy, as well as electronics-related subject matter including device structures, circuits, fabrication techniques, and display technologies. Mr. Christman is a private pilot and is also interested in mechanical technologies, particularly in the aerospace domain.

Mr. Christman is named as an inventor on multiple issued patents and understands the patent process particularly well as both a technical and legal practitioner. Above all, Mr. Christman approaches legal problems from a practical perspective with an eye on removing barriers and unlocking the value of his clients’ ingenuity. Mr. Christman always enjoys the opportunity to learn about a prospective or existing client’s technology and business.

Education
Education

University of Minnesota 
Minneapolis, MN, 2009, J.D.
Magna Cum Laude; Commencement Speaker, Class of 2009
McHale Scholarship; Dean’s Distinguished
Scholar; Book Award

Missouri University of Science and Technology 
Rolla, MO, 2000
M.S.E.E; Chancellor’s Fellowship; 4.0 GPA
Electromagnetics and Optics Course Emphasis

Missouri University of Science and Technology 
Rolla, MO, 1998
B.S.E.E., Summa Cum Laude

Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions & Associations

Bar Admissions
Minnesota
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Associations
American Intellectual Property Law Association

Electronic and Computer Law Committee (ECLC)
– Member, Planning Committee, 2013 Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit, San Jose, CA
– Co-Chair, 2014 Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit, Chicago, IL
– Chair, 2015 Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit, Dallas, TX
– Chair, 2016 Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit, Portland, OR

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society

Instrumentation and Measurement (I&M) Society

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

Representative Patents & Published Works
Representative Patents & Published Works
Representative Patents
US8818064
US8873043
US9014807
US8933848
US20150115923 (application soon-to-issue)
WO 2015/065339 (international application)

WO 2015/047369 (international application)

Published Works

“The Interplay Between FDA and Patent Law: Infusing Organizational Knowledge for Medical Device Companies,” Suneel Arora, Timothy Christman, Ashley Mays and Andrew Schmidt, Vol. 39:4, William Mitchell Law Review, 1176-1206, May 2013

Past Experience
Past Experience

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, Registered Patent Agent, 2007 – 2009

Boston Scientific, CRM, 2006

Guidant Corporation, 1997, 1998, 2000 – 2006

Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory, Univ. of Missouri – Rolla, 1999

Advanced Bio-Surfaces, 1996