Program Director, Master of Science in Patent Law Program
University of Wisconsin–Madison, B.S. in Chemical Engineering
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.
Chris Frank joined the University of Minnesota Law School in November 2013 as Program Director of the Master of Science in Patent Law Program.
As a patent practitioner, he has represented clients ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 500 corporations and worked in technologies ranging from simple children’s toys to complex medical devices. He has taught courses in intellectual property law and authored the Inventor's Quick Start Guide, a 70-page ebook educating inventors on the patent and invention process.
After eight years as a patent practitioner, he moved into a patent portfolio manager role at Medtronic, Inc. In this position, he managed the patent portfolios of a number of implantable medical device technologies and emerging therapies targeting the treatment of neurological disorders.
He has developed the tools and processes to allow companies and innovators to quickly and easily visualize the competitive landscape, identify opportunities for innovation and build a patent portfolio that positions the company for future success.
Frank is also a master facilitator. He has managed ongoing iterative idea generation sessions for the development of new products and has been called upon to facilitate highly complex, cross-functional, time-sensitive, and revenue-critical problem solving sessions.
Prior to entering the field of patent law, Frank worked as a product development engineer in the medical device field where he specialized in the design and development of angioplasty balloon and catheter technologies.