Jay Erstling  

Patterson Theunte

Phone: 612-349-5771

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Jay Erstling - 80 South 8th St Suite 4800 Minneapolis MN 55402

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  • Intellectual Property 50
  • Business 50

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Jay Erstling is an important advisor to our clients who are doing business on an international scale, as well as those who are considering expanding into global markets. He provides a unique and valuable perspective gained through his career in international IP strategy and role in shaping international intellectual property law policy.

Prior to joining Patterson Thuente IP, Jay served as Director of the Office of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Director-Advisor to the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was instrumental in reforming PCT policy and expanding and modernizing the PCT system.

He also serves as an advisor and expert witness on PCT, NAFTA and WTO matters, in particular on behalf of major pharmaceutical manufacturers, and as a consultant to foreign governments on WTO TRIPS compliance issues. Most recently, Jay served as an expert witness in the UNCITRAL/ICSID arbitration Eli Lilly and Company v. The Government of Canada.
Jay’s practical expertise is coupled with a rich academic background. He is professor emeritus at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, teaching courses on comparative and international patent law, and the founding director of the school’s IP law clinic—one of the first clinics invited to participate in the USPTO’s Law School Clinical Certification Program.  He has also been invited as a visiting professor at law faculties in China, Cyprus, India, Lithuania, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka.
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American Bar Association IP Law Section – Liaison to WIPO Standing Committee on Patents; Books Editorial Board Member
American Intellectual Property Law Association – Co-Chair of International and Foreign Law Committee, formerly Chair of Committee on Pro Bono Practice and PCT Issues Committee
Union Internationale des Avocats
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
International Trademark Association

Name: Jay Erstling
Law Firm: Patterson Theunte
Address: 80 South 8th St Suite 4800 Minneapolis MN 55402
Phone: 612-349-5771

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