Dan is one of the managing partners of the firm. Dan’s experiences include management of United States and international intellectual property portfolios; development of intellectual property strategies, especially in the context of a larger business strategy; drafting and negotiating technology transfer, joint development, secrecy, and IP license agreements; patent infringement and trade secret litigation; due diligence review of mergers and acquisitions involving intellectual property assets; and drafting legal opinions relating to the validity, enforceability, or infringement of United States patents.
Prior to joining Kagan Binder, Dan counseled clients as an in-house intellectual property attorney for 3M, where he managed the intellectual property interests of business divisions having total sales in excess of $400 million per year. His responsibilities included acquisition of intellectual property rights by drafting and prosecuting US and international patent applications; drafting and negotiating secrecy agreements, licenses, and joint development agreements; and managing patent litigation.
After four years working as an attorney for 3M, Dan became an associate attorney at the Minneapolis law firm of Faegre & Benson, where he continued to work on patent application preparation and prosecution, IP licensing, and patent and trade secret litigation. Dan left Faegre & Benson to join Kagan Binder.
Areas of technology with which Dan has worked include chemical materials and processing, pharmaceuticals, medical device and surgical implant technologies, agricultural technologies, semiconductor manufacturing technologies, and food technologies.
Dan has an extensive IP licensing practice based in part on his early in-house experience at 3M, where much of his transactional practice was learned and developed. More recently, Dan taught a course in IP Licensing at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN, as an Adjunct Professor, for which Dan developed a completely original curriculum of IP licensing caselaw, example license agreements, and licensing coursework.
- J.D., William Mitchell College of Law (1995), magna cum laude
- B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota (1990)
- The Madrid Trademark Agreement’s Basis in Registration-Based Systems: 77 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 595 (1995).
- Received the 24th Annual Joseph Rossman Award, presented by the Patent and Trademark Office Society for the J.P.T.O.S. article judged as making the greatest contribution to the fields of Patent, Trademark, and Copyright law during the period from June 1995 to June 1996, for the article The Madrid Trademark Agreement’s Basis in Registration-Based Systems: 77 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 595 (1995).