Cozen O’Connor: Swenson, Erik

Erik Swenson



(612) 260-9070

(612) 260-9080

Erik Swenson focuses on creating litigation strategies that are focused on a client's specific business needs in order to find a fiscally responsible solution. He is a recognized leader in complex patent litigation. With 20 years of experience and his degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he has a deep understanding of key technological areas such as telecommunication, computer, semiconductor, Internet and e-commerce software and services, microprocessors, display hardware, and medical devices.

Erik has extensive experience in handling all aspects of patent litigation in federal jurisdictions across the country. He has been lead counsel in over 100 adverse matters, including all aspects of trials, appeals, and administrative proceedings. Erik works tirelessly to achieve the best results for his clients.

Erik has broad-based transactional experience assisting companies in intellectual property transactions and licensing negotiations. He regularly assists intellectual property holders, acquirers and potential licensors in various endeavors. He has vast experience in patent portfolio evaluation and leads negotiations regarding potential licensing. Erik is experienced in due diligence and providing formal opinions concerning potential infringement, freedom-to-operate, validity and enforceability of client and third party intellectual property.

Erik is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). His patent prosecution practice includes all facets of drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the USPTO, as well as supervising the prosecution of patent applications before many foreign patent offices. Erik’s patent prosecution experience emphasizes electrical, mechanical, and software technology related matters. He has experience in ex parte prosecution, as well as post-grant proceedings, including IPR’s and ex parte reexamination. Erik has handled IPRs representing both patent owners and patent challengers resulting in favorable outcomes for his clients.

Erik’s background and experience in both patent prosecution and complex litigation matters makes him particularly adept at developing and managing patent portfolios.

Erik earned his undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and his law degree from University of Minnesota Law School in 1998. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer numerous times.



Cozen O’Connor Advises Cannabis Industry Leader, Acreage Holdings, Inc., in $160 Million Acquisition of Form Factory, Inc.

January 02, 2019

Acreage will issue approximately 6.4 million Subordinate Voting Shares to Form Factory shareholders at a deemed price of $25 (USD) per share. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

Cozen O’Connor Continues Expansion of Minneapolis Office with Two Intellectual Property Litigators

May 22, 2017

Cozen O’Connor has expanded its Intellectual Property Department in Minneapolis with the addition of two nationally recognized intellectual property litigators from the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright: Erik Swenson and Patrick J. Gallagher.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2019 ACC Annual Meeting

October 29, 2019 - Phoenix, Arizona


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1998
  • Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, M.S., magna cum laude, 1992
  • Minnesota
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)

Minnesota State Bar Association