Christopher A. Seidl

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Christopher A. Seidl

Partner

Chair, Global Business and Technology Sourcing Group

Experience

Nationally recognized for his superior client service, Chris Seidl has earned a reputation for being deeply attuned to the legal and business issues facing his clients. In 2015, Chris was named a national “BTI Client Service All Star” in a General Counsel survey, for providing “the absolute best client service.” Chris was noted for being “very good at bringing a business understanding, as well as a technical understanding, and then meshing those two areas together for clients.” The BTI honor placed Chris among the “cream of the crop litigators” in the country, according to Law360.

Described as a “do it all” trial lawyer by Minnesota Lawyer, Chris focuses his practice on high-stakes business disputes. Companies of all sizes have retained Chris to resolve some of their most complex and sensitive matters.

Chris leads the firm’s Global Business and Technology Sourcing dispute resolution practice. Chris helps clients (customers and providers) avoid outsourcing disputes and helps resolve disputes when they arise. He has handled disputes involving a broad variety of sourcing arrangements, including Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Application Development and Management (ADM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and software development and implementation. He is a recognized voice and thought leader on sourcing issues, and he has been published in The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

Chris is also a “favorite IP lawyer” of general counsel, as noted in Law360. He is one of only 25 Intellectual Property attorneys selected nationwide to the 2015 BTI Client Service All-Star list. He has been lead counsel in every type of IP dispute— patent infringement—copyright infringement—trademark infringement. He has tried several cases to verdict, including a patent trial win that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

Chris has also earned a reputation for pursuing employee misconduct and fraud claims, including trade secret misappropriation and embezzlement. He is currently leading an investigation and litigation concerning embezzlement by two former employees of a family-owned company in North Dakota. 

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Technology and Outsourcing Disputes

Chris represented a global hospitality and travel company in a large-scale Information Technology (IT), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Finance and Accounting (F&A) outsourcing dispute against a large service provider.

Chris represented an IT service provider in a confidential dispute over revenue cycle management services and technology. The matter was resolved prior to suit.

Chris represented a software developer in a confidential arbitration against a clothing retail company involving alleged breaches of a software license and development agreement.

Chris represented Intelligroup (now NTT Data), an IT service provider, against former employees in a dispute regarding trade secrets and confidential information. The case settled favorably prior to trial.

Patent Infringement

Medtronic Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. et al.: Represented Medtronic, Inc. in a dispute with Mirowksi Family Ventures assertion that Medtronic’s cardiac resynchronization devices infringed certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. RE38,119 and RE39,897. After a bench trial, a Delaware district court held that Mirowski Family Ventures, as the patentee, bore the burden of proving infringement and failed to meet that burden, entering a judgment of non-infringement on behalf of Medtronic. On appeal, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court on the burden of proof issue and held that Medtronic, as the licensee, bore the burden of proving non-infringement. Medtronic filed a petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court granted the petition and reversed the Federal Circuit, holding that the patentee always bears the burden of proof, even where the licensor cannot counterclaim for infringement because of the existence of a license agreement. On remand from the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding of non-infringement for Medtronic, awarding Medtronic a complete Victory in the case.

For Medtronic, Chris was instrumental on a trial team that tried and won a ruling that Medtronic did not infringe two patents relating to implantable cardioverter-defibrillator technology. That verdict was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

Chris represented General Electric in a high-stakes patent infringement and license-related action involving GE’s healthcare division and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography technology. That case settled prior to trial.

For Carlson Hotels, Chris was lead counsel in a patent case brought by an alleged inventor of mobile phone apps and was ultimately able to push the plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss its claims during discovery. News outlets noted the defense strategy was able to “crush” the plaintiff and force the dismissal.

Copyright Infringement

Chris was lead counsel in a first-of-its-kind copyright infringement matter in the war memorial and headstone industry, where he was able to secure “advertising injury” insurance coverage for his client and settle the case in mediation prior to trial.

Chris was part of a team that defended a company owned by famed inventor and entrepreneur Lori Greiner (now on the television show Shark Tank) in a case involving 47 counts of alleged copyright infringement. During discovery, due to the defense strategy, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its claims against the client.

Chris represented the award-winning gospel R&B group The Wardlaw Brothers (dubbed “the Boyz II Men of Gospel”) against a record company in a dispute regarding the production and sale of CDs. The case involved claims of fraud on the Copyright Office, and a novel right of publicity and Lanham Act-theory against the record company that survived a motion to dismiss, and led to a favorable settlement.

Chris represented an artist/copyright owner in a dispute over the misappropriation of the artist’s drawing of Ground Zero in NYC.

Trademark Infringement

Chris was lead counsel for Radisson Hotels in a trademark infringement lawsuit involving hotel’s name.  Case settled prior to trial.

Chris represented a company in the manufacturing industry in a trademark infringement lawsuit – and negotiated an amicable resolution prior to filing an answer.

Chris regularly defends companies receiving trademark cease and desist letters, including companies in the clothing apparel industry and the recreational outdoor industry, and has resolved those matters favorably prior to litigation.

Employee Misconduct – Trade Secret and Fraud

Chris was lead counsel for Carlson Hotels against a former employee in a dispute regarding trade secrets and ownership of intellectual property. The case settled prior to trial.

Chris represented Weyerhaeuser against a former employee in a dispute regarding trade secrets and confidential information. The case settled favorably prior to trial.

Chris is lead counsel representing a company in the Bakken, North Dakota, in RICO, fraud and embezzlement litigation against two former company employees. Chris and his team obtained an ex parte temporary restraining order freezing the defendants’ assets, and later, a preliminary injunction. This litigation remains pending.

Pro Bono 
Chris has devoted a substantial amount of time to pro bono work. Examples of his pro bono work include:

Chris was lead counsel in a First Amendment lawsuit against county government concerning the public’s right to speak at county meetings. The case settled prior to trial, after the county agreed to amend its rules. One of Chris’ clients expressed publicly that Chris “did a great job defending our right to express ourselves and we all should be thankful for the job he did.”

Chris was appellate counsel at the Eighth Circuit for a woman from El Salvador seeking political asylum.

Chris represented a minor child who objected on Constitutional grounds to forced genetic testing in a paternity dispute.

BTI All Star
Super Lawyers 2014
  • Listed in IAM 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2018-2019)
  • Named an "Intellectual Property Trailblazer," The National Law Journal (2018)
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America (2016-2020 editions)
  • Named to "The BTI Client Service All-Star Team" (2015)
  • Named a "Minnesota Rising Star" in Super Lawyers (2005, 2009-2014)
  • Named an "Up & Coming Attorney" by Minnesota Lawyer (2010)
  • Guthrie Theatre, Guthrie Corporate Council (2015-present)
  • Minneapolis North Community YMCA, Board of Directors (2006-2011)
  • The Advocates for Human Rights, Volunteer Attorney
  • Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community (HCBA), 2008 Graduate
  • Resources for Child Caring, Board of Directors (2006-2008)
  • Summit Hill Association, St. Paul’s District 16 Planning Council, Board of Directors (2002-2003)
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., cum laude (2001); William Mitchell Law Review, Executive Editor (2000-2001), Staff Member (1999-2000); ABA Negotiations Competition, Regional Competition Finalist (1999-2000)
  • St. John’s University (MN), B.A., Psychology, Minor in Biology (1997)
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Establishing IP Value: Trends, Tips, and Techniques for the Current Market
    IP Dealmakers Forum, New York (November 14, 2019)
  • With Millions of Dollars at Stake A Trial Lawyers Perspective on Litigating
    Licensing Executives Society, Palo Alto, California (June 21, 2017)
  • Navigating Thunderheads: Negotiating and Drafting Cloud Services Agreements that Protect the Enterprise
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 2, 2016)
  • Drone Law: Regulation Up in the Air
    Emerging Prairie: Drone Focus Monthly Meetup, NDSU Research and Technology Park Incubator, Fargo, North Dakota (October 28, 2015)
  • Negotiating Technology Multi-Sourcing Agreements: Strategies for Customer and Vendor Counsel
    Webinar, Panelist, Strafford Publications (August 4, 2015)
November 12-14, 2019
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