Craig's practice and experience focuses on counseling, opinions and related transactions involving technology issues. This primarily involves the areas of patent law, with extensive experience in patent prosecution and related counseling activities. He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications covering a variety of technologies, including mechanical devices, electrical/electronic devices, software, business methods, medical devices and manufacturing. Craig has also assisted numerous clients with patent disputes, including involvement in two patent trials taken through to favorable jury verdicts. In addition, Craig has helped clients avoid disputes by analyzing patents during the product development phase so any necessary design adjustments can be made, thus avoiding the possibility of infringement suits before products are launched.
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
Professional Associations & Memberships
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association
Licensing Executives Society
William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, 1992 J.D.
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 1987 BSEE
Intellectual Property, Technology and Internet
Intellectual Property, Technology and Internet Experience
Engineered Products v. Donaldson Company (N.D. Iowa)
Craig Lervick served as counsel for Engineered Products through trial in a patent infringement lawsuit related to devices that detect the level of contamination of an air filter of an internal combustion engine, Engineered Products v. Donaldson Company (N.D. Iowa). At trial, a jury verdict of willful infringement was obtained. The jury awarded Engineered Products over $5 million in damages, which was trebled to over $15M by the district court. On appeal, the Federal Circuit upheld over $11 million of the damages originally awarded to the client.
Augustine Medical v. Cincinnati Sub-Zero et al. (D. Minn.)
Craig Lervick represented Augustine Medical in multiple related patent infringement actions regarding convective heating blankets used in medical settings. All of the related actions settled before trial. Craig participated in discovery and pretrial depositions and motions.
Datascope Corp. v. Vascular Solutions (D. Minn.)
Craig Lervick served as counsel for Datascope in Datascope Corp. v. Vascular Solutions (D. Minn.), a patent infringement lawsuit related to technology involving healing technologies following catheter procedures. The case settled following the filing of summary judgment motions.
Inventors Should Exercise Caution with Printed Publications about New Inventions
When discussing "that new invention" with a patent attorney, questions about printed publications or papers invariably arise. Since the laws prohibit patents from issuing when the underlying invention has been described in printed publications either before creating the invention or more than one year prior to filing a patent application, early examination of this issue is important.
Geier and Lervick Pen Article in Precision Manufacturing Magazine
Mark Geier and Craig Lervick co-authored "Intellectual Property: Have you checked yours lately?" published in the March/April issue of Precision Manufacturing, a Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association publication.
A Reasonable View on Business Method Patents
Business method patents continue to be a legitimate asset for many organizations, with thousands of business method patent applications filed each year. Despite their popularity, these patents are often criticized for allegedly protecting subject matter which many would not consider true "inventions."
Larkin Hoffman Elects Two New Shareholders
Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce the election of Mark R. Geier and Craig J. Lervick as shareholders. Geier is a member of the firm's Corporate Law Department, and Lervick is a member of the Intellectual Property Department.
Larkin Hoffman Ranked on Business Journal's Top 25 List for Intellectual Property Law Firms
Larkin Hoffman was ranked No. 18 among the top 25 law firms with intellectual property practices by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
Larkin Hoffman Welcomes Craig Lervick
Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce Craig J. Lervick has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group.