Founded in 2003, Carlson Caspers is a local IP firm specializing solely in intellectual property litigation. Many of the firm's lawyers have clerked in US federal courts and a number of them have done so at the federal appellate court level. Carlson Caspers' clients include Qualcomm, Boston Scientific, and Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Partners Philip Caspers, Derek Vandenburgh, and Alan Carlson are widely respected litigators in Minnesota's legal community. Firm founder Carlson has more than 40 years of experience in jury and bench trials and has experience in copyright, patent, trademark, trade dress, and trade secret disputes. Veteran attorney Philip Caspers is mentioned by one peer as a "venerable, experienced, well-known IP trial attorney." For 20 years, Vandenburgh has practiced in litigation, appellate work, and counseling. He was lead partner in a patent infringement case for the Toro Company, which resulted in a more than $50 million award – reported as one of the largest in history in Nebraska, where the case was tried.