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Eric M. Nielsen

Eric M. Nielsen

Partner| Salt Lake City|Phoenix

Eric Nielsen's practice is centered on intellectual property counseling, primarily in the biotechnology and mechanical device arenas. From the benchtop as a researcher on artificial vision systems and methods, to the IP team of a publicly-traded molecular diagnostics company, Eric brings practical experience as he counsels clients in the design and implementation of business driven strategies to identify, protect, defend, enforce and otherwise build value around IP assets.

He has experience in many facets of IP law including patent and trademark prosecution (U.S. and foreign), proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Boards, patentability and trademark registrability diligence, freedom to operate diligence, non-infringement and invalidity opinion work, copyrights, IP dispute resolution and litigation (state and federal), and diverse agreements and business transactions having IP components.

Eric counsels clients ranging from emerging growth to global companies, and he has technical expertise in, among other fields, bioengineering, medical devices, ophthalmology and optics, molecular diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, mechanical devices, “green” technologies and a wide range of consumer products.

Eric regularly presents to attorneys, academia and businesses on various IP niches. He is also chair of the firm’s Summer Associate Program in the Salt Lake City office.

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Medical Devices
  • Electrode arrays for neural stimulation
  • Contraceptive devices
  • Therapeutic hypothermia devices
  • Hyperhidrosis management devices
  • Critical care limb supports
  • Gastric banding systems
  • Vascular grafts
  • Stents and stent grafts
  • Endovascular and interventional devices
  • Heart valves
  • Prosthetic knee implants
Ophthalmology and Optics
  • Artificial vision systems and methods
  • Contact lenses
  • Ocular implants
  • Ophthalmological microsurgical instrumentation
  • Immunosuppressive ocular formulations
Molecular Diagnostics
  • Semiconductor molecular diagnostic arrays
  • Molecular diagnostics for bacterial infections
  • Molecular diagnostics for cancer interventions
  • Pain management formulations
  • Menopause relief formulations
  • Weight loss formulations
  • Medical cosmetic formulations
  • Homeopathic formulations
  • Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Utah (B.S., Biomedical Engineering)
    • Thesis: The Consequences of Microelectrode Array Implantation in Cat Optic Neve
    • Sigma Chi, Beta Epsilon
  • Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, Intellectual Property Mentor
  • Impact United Soccer Club, Coach
  • Boy Scouts of America, Varsity Coach
  • Clark Planetarium Advisory Board (2012-2013)
  • Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurs and Technology (NACET), Intellectual Property Mentor (2010-2012)
  • Affymetrix, Inc., Intellectual Property Intern, Santa Clara, California
  • John A. Moran Eye Center, Center for Neural Interfaces, Research Assistant, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Portuguese
  • Utah
  • Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Utah
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Utah
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office