Gregory Lars Gunnerson

Lars joined McKee, Voorhees & Sease PLC after graduating magna cum laude from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and receiving a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota. Lars is an original recipient of Mitchell Hamline’s Patent Law Certificate.

While completing his law degree, Lars competed in the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition where he earned a scholarship from the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association; served as a Notes & Comments Editor for Cybaris®, an Intellectual Property Law Review; served as a Research Assistant to Professor R. Carl Moy; served as Vice President of Mitchell Hamline’s Student Intellectual Property Law Association; and prosecuted patent applications as a certified Student Attorney through Mitchell Hamline’s Intellectual Property Law Clinic.

Lars is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (2014), in Minnesota (2017), and in Iowa (2018). Before coming to MVS, Lars gained valuable experience at the USPTO drafting office actions as a Summer Extern in USPTO Art Unit 2837, which relates to musical technologies and inductors.

Much of Lars’s practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting utility patent applications and design patent applications in the firm’s Mechanical and Electrical Practice Group.

An avid fan of sports, Lars roots for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers.

  • Design Patents
  • Electrical Patents
  • International
  • Mechanical Patents
  • Software & Business Methods Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Academic Research and Technology Transfer
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agritech
  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Financial Technology
  • Food and Beverage Technologies
  • Lighting
  • Medical Devices

Professional Associations

LegalCORPS: Inventor Assistance Program, 2019–Present

Iowa State Bar Association, 2019–Present

Association of University Technology Managers, 2018–Present

Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association, 2017–Present

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, 2016–2017

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Lifetime Member

Education

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Certificate in Patent Law, 2017

University of Minnesota, B.S., Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, Minors in Economic Theory and Astrophysics, 2013

Speaking / Publishing Engagements

Speaker: Soft & Patent 2019 Minsk, Belarus
Practical Cases of Software Patent Protection and Litigation

Speaker: 2019 eCommerce & Intellectual Property Law Seminar Des Moines, Iowa
Strategic Considerations for Design Patents in Your IP Portfolio

Contributing Editor at NaGrunciePrawa (2019–Present) Warsaw, Poland
See, e.g., Comparing United States and European Patent Law for Software

Exemplary Patents and Published Patent Applications

U.S. Pat. No. 10,351,050 “Emergency or Work Related Light Bar”

U.S. Pat. No. 10,207,274 “Hammermill Hammer”

Int’l. Pub. No. WO 2019/178375 “Mountable Furrow Closing Assembly”

Int’l Pub. No. WO 2019/204696 “Dispensing a Solid Chemistry Using an Adjustable Turbulent Flow Technology Manifold”

U.S. Patent No. 10,619,323 “Adjustable Foundation Support System”

Int’l Pub. No. WO 2020/081111 “Mechanism Combining Articulation and Side-Shift”

Int’l Pub. No. WO 2020/132667 “Device to Couple Members of a Heavy-Duty Machine”

Bar & Court Admissions

Iowa, 2018

Minnesota, 2017

United States Patent & Trademark Office, 2014

Awards & Recognition

Mitchell Hamline Merit Scholarship, 2014–2017

MIPLA Cup Finalist/Scholarship Winner, 2017

CALI Award (Patent Prosecution), 2016

Utility Models in China

A utility model is a patent-like intellectual property right to protect inventions. American, Canadian, and British inventors and companies are often unaware that such rights exist, given that their laws do not allow for registration of these rights. Utility models are generally cheaper to obtain and maintain, have a shorter term (generally 6 to 15 […]

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Patent Analytics Provider Tracks “Examiners Who Procrastinate”

Patent Analytics Provider Juristat blogged on May 28, 2020 that Juristat is capable of tracking procrastination habits of examiners at the USPTO. To better understand how examiners procrastinate and why some would choose to or choose to avoid doing so requires some background knowledge of how examiners are internally evaluated by the USPTO. Examiner performance is evaluated […]

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Patents Concerning Coronavirus Treatments

28 U.S.C 1498 allows the government to use or authorize others to use any invention “described in and covered by a patent of the United States.” If such authorization is granted, patent owners can sue the United States, but only for reasonable compensation. Patent owners are not able to seek injunctions against private entities working […]

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Trademarks Filed for OK, Boomer

There are now at least nine pending trademark applications incorporating “OK Boomer.” The applicants notably include Fox Media, who wishes to use the mark for a television series. It appears the applicants are unlikely to receive rights in the mark because the memed-to-death slogan conveys ordinary or familiar concepts or sentiments, as well as social, […]

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T-Mobile Asserts Charitable Startup Lemonade Infringes Magenta Mark

National Public Radio (NPR) reports T-Mobile has sent a cease and desist letter to startup Lemonade. For those unfamiliar with Lemonade, Lemonade is a public benefit corporation quickly growing in popularity, particularly with millennials, because the company donates all unclaimed money to charities of the policyholder’s choice. T-Mobile asserts Lemonade’s use of a color allegedly similar […]

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Trademarks: Property Plus Insurance

Intellectual property is a category of property that includes intangible creations of the human intellect. It is widely accepted patents, copyrights, and trademarks confer an exclusive right. Unlike patents and copyrights, the constitutional foundation for trademark law is the Commerce Clause, U.S. Const., Art. I, § 8, cl. 3, rather than the Intellectual Property Clause, […]

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A Trademark Is Insurance, Not Property

It is widely accepted patents and copyrights confer a Constitutional exclusive right. See the Intellectual Property Clause, U.S. Const., Art. I. § 8, cl. 8. Unlike patents and copyrights, the constitutional foundation for trademarks is the Commerce Clause, U.S. Const., Art. I, § 8, cl. 3. Thus, the trademark right may conceivably be a property right, while patents and […]

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NASA’s Technology Transfer Process

From July 28 – July 31, 2019, I had the pleasure of attending the Association of Technology Managers (AUTM) 2019 Central Region Meeting. AUTM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing research to life by supporting and enhancing the global, academic technology transfer profession through education, professional development, partnering and advocacy. AUTM’s attendance has been […]

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Comparing United States and European Patent Law for Software

Software Eligibility in Europe Programs for computers are partially, albeit explicitly, excluded from patentability under Article 52(2) of the European Patent Convention (EPC). Article 52(3) EPC elaborates, “The provisions of paragraph 2 shall exclude patentability of the subject-matter or activities referred to in that provision only to the extent to which a European patent application […]

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Petitioning the Director: Why? When?

Typically, patent attorneys are privileged to work side by side with examiners who embrace the collaborative relationship that exists between patent applicants and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It is typical for examiners and patent attorneys to initially disagree on legal and/or technical issues which relate to the claims of a patent […]

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Linn-Mar Student Wins 2019 MVS Agriculture Award at Invent Iowa Competition

On April 15, 2019, I had the pleasure of attending the Invent Iowa 2019 Competition. Invent Iowa is hosted annually by the Belin-Blank Center of the University of Iowa’s College of Education. Invent Iowa is a competition which allows students K-8 to pitch a three-minute presentation about their inventions to volunteer judges and other students, […]

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Additional Update on the Government Shutdown

As you are most likely aware, the United States government was shutdown for a total of 35 days, the longest shutdown in US history. The shutdown led to 380,000 federal workers being furloughed, and an additional 420,000 workers were required to work without any known payment dates during this period, forcing many to find other […]

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Update on the Government Shutdown

In December 2018, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) reported it would stay open at least for a temporary time in the event of a government shutdown. Thus far, the USPTO closed only on December 24, 2018 (Christmas Eve), as a result of an executive order issued by President Trump. Christmas Eve fell […]

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Autel Robotics Co. Escalates Dispute with Largest Manufacturer of Hobbyist and Commercial Drones, SZ DJI Technology Co. (of China)

SZ DJI Technology Co. could lose access to the U.S. market in a patent-infringement lawsuit with Autel Robotics Co. where Autel asserts SZ DJI infringes U.S. Patent Nos.7,979,174 and 9,260,184, which cover rotor attachment and speed changes, and SZ DJI asserts Autel infringes at least U.S. Patent Nos.9,016,617; 9,284,049; 9,321,530; D691,514;9,284,040 and 9,592,744, which cover […]

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Leftover Pizza? Domino’s Reheats Pizza Hut’s Invalidity Claim Against Ameranth Inc.

Ameranth Inc. asserts it is a leading provider of wireless and Internet based solutions for the hospitality/gaming markets and that it has a very strong intellectual property portfolio including numerous strategic patents in technologies such as Wireless POS, Table Management, Reservations Management, Mobile Concierge, Electronic Menus, Guest Surveys, Inventory Management, Health Care Services and Enrollment […]

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AIAA Presents 2017 Daniel Guggenheim Medal to Inventor Paul M. Bevilaqua

The AIAA chose to honor Paul M. Bevilaqua by presenting him with the 2017 Daniel Guggenheim Medal. The Daniel Guggenheim Medal was established in 1929 for the purpose of honoring persons who make notable achievements in the advancement of aeronautics. The Medal is jointly sponsored by AIAA, ASME, SAE, and AHS. The medal is considered […]

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No Sympathy for Samsung

In May, an eight-member California federal jury awarded Apple a staggering $500+ million verdict as a result of a patent litigation lawsuit that has been ongoing for at least 7 years. The verdict has proved to be particularly puzzling for patent law professors and other patent advocates that disagree over whether an article of manufacture in relation […]

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Design Patents: An Analogy

A recent Webinar moderated by Gene Quinn of IPWatchdog.com titled, “Strategic Use of Design Patents”, analogized a design patent to a tool in a tool box. This analogy is intriguing. For example, a utility patent could be considered a hammer, as it is useful in a wide array of applications and delivers a devastating impact […]

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Amazon Develops Drones that React to Human Gestures

The technology of U.S. Patent No. 9,921,579, which issued on March 20, 2018, may help Amazon grapple with how flying robots might interact with human bystanders and customers waiting on their doorsteps. Apple engineer Frederik Schaffalitzky (formerly an engineer for Amazon) is the sole inventor responsible for these recent technological innovations. While, the parent patent […]

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Japan Invests in Astronautical Start-ups

Michael Sheetz of CNBC reports “Japan is offering $940 million to fund space start-ups in a new push to grow the industry, the government announced Tuesday at an event in Tokyo” and that “funds will be made available through investments and loans over the next five years, as part of a government-led initiative to double […]

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AIAA Honors Inventor Dr. Jay Gundlach

On January 16, 2018, Lawrence Garrett reported The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) chose to honor Senior Member Dr. Jay Gundlach in the AIAA Momentum Member Spotlight for January 2018. With respect to Dr. Gundlach’s intellectual property endeavors, Lawrence notes: For the past two decades, Dr. Jay Gundlach has been a pioneering force behind […]

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