Cyrus Morton

Robins Kaplan LLP

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Lasalle Avenue 800
Minneapolis 55402 MN US

Mr. Cyrus A. Morton is a trial attorney whose complex litigation practice has included an emphasis on patent litigation since 1998. His representation of small companies and inventors has included a number of trial successes including an $89 million judgment against Clear Channel, a $12 million judgment against Apple, and a $7.4 million judgment against Itron. He has also successfully defended companies such as Medtronic, Liberty Mutual and Draeger in patent cases.

Mr. Morton is also the Chair of our Patent Office Trials Group which focuses on the new procedures for patent office trials on patent validity or derivation created by the America Invents Act. Since the passage of the AIA, Mr. Morton has established himself as a thought leader on issues surrounding the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and in 2018, the PTAB instituted the first-ever derivation proceeding on behalf of his client, Andersen Corporation.

His past experience as a patent attorney, combined with handling numerous patent litigation disputes with co-pending reexaminations, makes him ideally suited to lead this practice area.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Morton saw the patent system from the inventor’s side. While working at 3M Company he co-authored 3 Records of Invention and was a named inventor on U.S. Patent No. 5,858,624, titled Method for assembling planarization and indium-tin-oxide layer on a liquid crystal display color filter with a transfer process.

Finally, Mr. Morton has significant pro bono experience. His work has included several trials including a two-week trial representing a guardian ad litem and successfully terminating parental rights so three children could be adopted into a new and safe home, and a Federal Court bench trial representing a mother accused of international child abduction in a Hague proceeding, and successfully defeating a petition to return her two minor children to their father in Peru because the children would face a grave risk of harm.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.,(1998)
  • Hamline University, B.A., (1995)

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


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