Loren L. Hansen

Principal, Business & General Litigation Co-Chair, Recruiting Committee Vice Chair, Finance Committee
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“The best part of my career is helping clients focus on their business while they are facing a legal dispute. It’s an honor to work with people who love what they do.”

Loren Hansen is a Registered Patent Attorney who focuses his practice on patent infringement and intellectual property enforcement, and has experience in antitrust and other commercial litigation. He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including agribusiness, manufacturing, oilfield services, health insurance, television services, optical signal processing, and data storage. His representative cases include enforcing clients’ patent rights against competitors through litigation or licensing, and defending clients in litigation from competitors or, increasingly more often, entities that hold patents but do not make a product (sometimes referred to as “patent trolls”).

Earlier in his career, Loren worked as a consultant with Accenture, Ltd., where he designed and developed custom software packages for multiple large, national health insurers. His experience in software development, and education as a chemical engineer, continues to inform his practice—providing him with not only the expertise needed to address the complex technical questions of many of his clients’ cases, but also the communication skills needed to untangle that complexity and convey it in understandable terms.

While Loren had initially planned to focus his practice strictly on patent law, his studies at William Mitchell College of Law inspired in him a passion for complex civil litigation. He represents his clients at trial (court and jury) and in arbitration proceedings throughout the country. Recognizing that many clients prefer pragmatic solutions to prolonged litigation, Loren works to provide solutions for his clients that help them minimize or avoid litigation whenever possible. Loren loves working with clients that have a genuine passion for what they do, and he strives to deliver advice that helps them grow.

Loren is co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He also serves on Gray Plant Mooty's Finance & Business Operations Committee, providing guidance on matters pertaining to the financial well-being of the firm, and GPM's Attorney Personnel Committee, where he advises on the hiring, retaining, reviewing, and professional development of associates at the firm.

Loren was born on a small-town family farm in southwest Minnesota and went to high school in West Fargo, North Dakota. The work ethic and values that he developed at an early age carry throughout his practice and his engagement with the community. In addition to being the past president of his church’s Council of Ministers, Loren serves as board vice chair and on the governance committee for the Minnesota Land Trust—a member-supported, nonprofit conservation organization whose mission is to protect and restore Minnesota's most vital natural lands in order to provide wildlife habitat, clean water, outdoor experiences, and scenic beauty for generations to come.

Experience

Representative Patent Litigation

  • Accu Steel, Inc. v. Legacy Building Solutions, Inc., Civ. No. 16-00050 (S.D. Iowa 2017) (Led representation of patent owner, Legacy Building Solutions, in enforcing its patent rights related to building technology)
  • Concaten, Inc. v. AmeriTrak Fleet Solutions, 131 F. Supp. 3d 1166 (D. Colo. 2015), aff’d, 669 Fed. Appx. 571 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 11, 2016) (Mem.), cert denied,  --- S. Ct. ----, 2017 WL 1001313 (U.S. Apr. 17, 2017) (No. 16-1109) (Obtained a Judgment on the Pleadings invalidating all five asserted patents as directed to ineligible subject matter.)
  • Beavertail Products, LLC, et al. v. YETI Coolers, LLC, Civil Action No.: 15-cv-1181 (D. Minn. filed Mar. 5, 2015); YETI Coolers, LLC v. Beavertail Products, LLC, et al. Civil Action  No.: 15-cv-3267 (W.D. Tex. filed May 15, 2015) (Led defense of outdoor equipment manufacturer against claims of design patent infringement, utility patent infringement, and trade dress infringement.)
  • Warp Speed Torque Drive, LLC v. M.A.C., Inc. et al, Case No. 3:13-cv-00045 (D.N.D. filed Jun. 26, 2013) (Led defense of flameless heater manufacturer, MAC, Inc. and one of its suppliers, Dakota Fluid Power, against patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and other allegations. On August 29, 2014, the Court granted summary judgment in my clients’ favor, dismissing all but one claim as to one defendant.  The case settled on favorable terms following the Court’s order.)
  • Schlagel, Inc. v. S-M Enterprises, Inc., Civ. No. 13-cv-00446 (D. Minn. filed Feb. 25, 2013) (Represented Schlagel in enforcing one of its patents related to grain handling equipment against Schlagel’s competitor, S-M Enterprises.  Following initial discovery, the case resolved on favorable terms in July of 2013. S-M Enterprises also redesigned its grain handling equipment.)
  • Brookins Hybrid Drive Sys. v. M.A.C., Inc., Case No. 3:12-cv-101, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65419 (D.N.D. May 2, 2013) (Led defense of flameless heater manufacturer, MAC, Inc. and one of its suppliers, Dakota Fluid Power, against patent infringement, trade secret, and other allegations. Case dismissed following Rule 12 and Rule 11 motions.)
  • TiVo Inc. v. Verizon Commc’ns Inc., Case No. 2:09-cv-257 (E.D. Tex. filed Aug. 27, 2009) (Represented TiVo in a multi-patent case asserting that Verizon infringed several of TiVo’s patents related to digital video recording and defending Verizon’s patent infringement counterclaims. This experience was prior to joining Gray Plant Mooty.)
  • Imation Corp. v. Koninklijke Philips Elec. N.V., et al., 586 F.3d 980 (Fed. Cir. 2009) (Represented Imation in a declaratory judgment case, asserting that Imation did not infringe nine of Philips’s patents related to optical disc technology. This experience was prior to joining Gray Plant Mooty.)

Representative Commercial Litigation

  • Geotek, LLC v. Aluma-Form, Inc., Civ. No. 27-cv-17-2441 (4th Dist. Ct. Minn. filed Feb. 22, 2017) (Led defense of Geotek as a declaratory judgment plaintiff against Aluma-Form’s allegations of Lanham Act false advertising and product defamation. Case settled with Aluma-Form dismissing its claims and no monetary terms.
  • Super Chefs Inc. v. Second Bite Food, Inc., Civ. No. 15-00525, 2015 WL 12914330 (C.D. Cal. June 15, 2015) (Led defense of specialty food development and manufacturing company as it faced allegations of trade secret misappropriation, unfair business practices, fraud, breach of contract and other claims. After successfully defeating plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction and obtaining dismissal of the majority of the allegations, the matter settled before trial.)
  • Jerome Schuler et al v. George Schuler III and Minn-Kota Ag Products, Inc., Civ. No. 84-cv-14-363 (8th Dist. Ct. Minn. 2015) (Represented majority owners of a grain elevator company in dispute among shareholders involving claims of minority shareholder oppression, breach of fiduciary duty, and other allegations that ultimately reconsolidated ownership of the entity in its majority owners.)
  • Sterling Development Group Three, LLC et al v. Carlson, 2015 ND 39, 859 N.W.2d 414 (N.D. 2015) (Represented Dr. Carlson in his defense against a claim that he owed $2,000,000 pursuant to a personal guarantee. Following a two-day trial, the Cass County Court ruled that Dr. Carlson’s guarantee was exonerated by statute. The North Dakota Supreme Court affirmed the result.)
  • Represented an oil field services company in Colorado state court though a six-day jury trial related to a proposed asset sale that failed to materialize.  This case and its details are confidential pursuant to Colorado rules.  
  • Omnicare, Inc. v. UnitedHealth Group, Inc., 594 F. Supp. 2d 945 (N.D. Ill. 2009) (Represented UnitedHealth Group where summary judgment was granted and affirmed in its defense of Omnicare’s antitrust and fraud claims. This experience was prior to joining Gray Plant Mooty.)

Representative Pro Bono Experience

  • State by Friends of the BWCA v. AT&T, No. 27-CV-10-15159 (4th Dist. Ct. Minn. filed June 22, 2010) (Represented the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness in its enforcement of the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act. This experience was prior to joining Gray Plant Mooty.)
  •  In re Kadiatou Toure, No. A-089-118-477 (Immigration Ct. 2009) (Represented Ms. Toure in removal proceedings where she gained asylum in the United States. This experience was prior to joining Gray Plant Mooty.)
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