Eric Curtin has been a part of the team at Crawford Maunu since shortly after the firm’s inception. His practice has included the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electronic, chemical, Internet, optical, electromechanical and semiconductor technology areas, and further in the area of computer-implemented/software inventions. Eric also maintains a robust practice in client counseling, including pre-litigation analysis involving opinions of infringement/invalidity. He further assists clients in the procurement of trademarks and with other aspects of trademark law.
Technically, Eric has significant experience in various cross-disciplinary fields including those involving wireless communications technologies, optics, nanotechnologies, thin-film transistors, solar cells, proteomics and medical/biological devices. He has worked extensively in the semiconductor design, physics and materials science fields, and in a variety of communications fields involving mobile electronics, video processing, media content streaming, and communication protocols such as those involving VoIP, OFDM, MPEG, Bluetooth and 802.11.
Prior to joining Crawford Maunu, Eric worked in engineering and research areas for the automotive and plastics industries. He is experienced in prototype modeling, failure analysis, and in the design, installation, and operation of electronic controls, robotics and communications systems.
In addition to his legal and industry experience, Eric has been involved with several non-profit and community organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Metropolis Foundation, a Minnesota-based non-profit organization that promotes youth athletics with an emphasis upon community involvement.
Eric attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he earned his B.S.M.E. After gaining industry experience, he returned to the University of Wisconsin where he earned his Juris Doctor at the Law School. Eric is licensed to practice law in several state and federal courts and is a registered patent attorney.