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Sean D. Solberg


Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation
Sean Solberg is a shareholder and chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. He serves as patent counsel to clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, including medical device, biotech and agriculture. Sean is a registered patent attorney, able to practice in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Sean has experience managing and implementing strategies for both significant and emerging patent and application portfolios, drafting and prosecuting patent applications in various technologies, performing due diligence investigations of intellectual property portfolios in merger and acquisition deals, evaluating the validity and enforceability of patents, and advising on infringement issues. He also drafts and negotiates various technology agreements, including licenses, assignments, and agreements related to research, collaboration and consulting.

Sean has counseled a large number of startups, universities, and venture firms in a wide variety of new or emerging technologies, addressing any and all IP needs for clients in this space, including patent prosecution, IP-related agreements, IP-related issues with respect to product development, overall IP strategy, and any other IP matters that might arise.

Sean has worked a great deal with clients in the medical device, biotech, and agriculture industries. In the medical device space, he has worked with numerous technologies, including robotic surgical tools (such as laparoscopic tools), cardiac rhythm management technologies, heart assist systems and devices, electronic stethoscope systems, bone deformity treatment devices, and methods and devices for reduction of injection pain. In the areas of biotech and agriculture, Sean has worked on multiple technologies, including swine virus identification and vaccine technologies, crop seed and plant treatments and related delivery systems, high throughput molecular identification systems, and animal cloning technologies.

In addition to his work in the areas of patent prosecution, IP transactions, opinions, and due diligence, Sean has experience in complex intellectual litigation, providing support and drafting briefs in conjunction with IP litigators.



  • Dane Technologies Inc.
  • Innova Medical Design
  • Miret Surgical Inc.
  • MRail
  • NuTech Ventures, Inc.
  • QX Medical, LLC
  • RxFunction, Inc.
  • SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc.
  • South Dakota State University
  • Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing
  • Sunshine Heart, Inc.
  • Tasso, Inc.
  • TendonEase, LLC
  • The Regents of the University of California
  • Tulane University
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • Virtual Incision Corporation