About Attorney Chris Sullivan

Chris litigates patent, trademark and copyright disputes to protect and defend the intellectual property rights of his clients. Chris also works with his clients on transactional intellectual property issues to secure positive outcomes in due diligence, licensing, assignments, and intellectual property acquisitions. He is an experienced appellate attorney and has advocated for his clients in both state and federal courts of appeals.

Chris is an experienced professional with a background in computer science. He served as director of information systems for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, where he regularly wrote and spoke nationally about technology issues. Chris has authored several publications on intellectual property issues..

Chris is a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral with extensive mediation experience.  He served as a conciliation court referee in Dakota County. In 2006-07, he served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Wilhelmina M. Wright of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Appellate Law
  • Technology, Internet and E-Commerce
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. cum laude – 2005
  • University of Oxford – 2003
    • Major: International and Comparative Intellectual Property Program
  • University of Minnesota
    • B.A. – 1993
    • Honors: Engineering Honor Society
    • Majors: Computer Science, English

Published Works

  • “Social Media: 10 Noteworthy Cases in 2011-2012,” chapter, The IP Book, Minnesota CLE, September 2012
  • “Protecting Trademarks From “.xxx” Domain Registration,” Lindquist & Vennum, Legal Alert, April 2011
  • “U.S. Supreme Court Reminds Copyright Owners to Register Works with United States Copyright Office,” Lindquist & Vennum, Legal Alert, March 2010
  • “Keyword Advertising,” chapter, The IP Book, Minnesota CLE, 2010
  • A Guide to Biotechnology Finance – 2009 Supplement, contributing writer, Lindquist & Vennum, 2009
  • A Guide to Biotechnology Finance, contributing writer, Lindquist & Vennum, 2005
  • Note: “Get the Balance Right: Finding an Equilibrium Between Charitable Solicitation, Fraud and the First Amendment in Illinois ex rel. Madigan v. Telemarketing Associations, Inc.”, 538 U.S. 600 (2003) (William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 1), 2004

Representative Cases

  • Yufa v. TSI Incorporated, Successful defense of multiple patent infringement matters brought by inventor-patentee.
  • Romary Assocs. v. Kibbi LLC (N.D. Ind.) – Successful defense of patent infringement and business tort litigation; secured dismissal of trade dress claim.
  • Fair Isaac Corp. v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc. (D. Minn.) – Antitrust and unfair competition defense that resulted in a jury verdict in favor of client.
  • Card Technology Corp. v. DataCard, Inc. (D. Minn.) – Defense and settlement of patent infringement matter.
  • Chanhassen Lawn & Sport, Inc. v. Market Square Assocs. (Minn. Ct. App.) – Reversed lower court award of judgment in landlord-tenant dispute.
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse, Inc. v. Fair (D. Colo.) – Successful action for non-infringement of copyright, including dismissal of appeal to the 10th Circuit. Reported summary judgment opinion at 576 F. Supp. 2d 1175.