Erik J. Carlson is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he litigates patent cases involving complex technology, including mechanical systems, medical devices, telecommunications, databases, cryptography, computer security software, cloud computing, software-as-a-service, web and mobile apps, and smart devices.
Trusted by clients and colleagues, Erik is able to gain a deep understanding of the technology at issue and develop winning legal strategies that leverage that understanding.Erik has extensive experience representing clients in U.S. district courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He also has substantial experience in cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the International Trade Commission.
His experience includes managing cases and supervising associates, arguing motions, preparing witnesses for deposition and trial, taking and defending depositions, writing briefs and motions, drafting petitions for post grant review before the USPTO, communicating effectively with clients and joint defense counsel regarding litigation strategy, and researching complex legal and factual issues.
Before joining the firm, Erik litigated patent cases in the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP. After graduating from law school, he worked on secondment at Edwards Lifesciences, where he prosecuted patents for medical devices.
Prior to law school, Erik worked as a systems engineer for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, where he led a team responsible for requirements development for Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pods for F/A-18s and developed computer algorithms to analyze satellite line-of-sight control systems.
While attending Cornell University, he served as systems engineer of the Cornell Formula SAE Racing team, a 40-student team that finished in the top 10 of 140 entries at an international automotive racing competition to design, build, and race a formula-style racecar.
Erik devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono efforts. He represents persecuted immigrants seeking asylum in Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. In addition, he has represented veterans in seeking benefits in the Lawyer’s Serving Warriors project of National Veterans Legal Services Program, and he has also represented victims of domestic violence working with the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice’s Domestic Violence program.
- J.D., Loyola Law School, 2009
Note and Comment Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review; Competitor, Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition
- M.Eng., Systems Engineering, Cornell University, 2003
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 2002
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
- Co-committee chair, Ambassador Outreach Committee, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
- Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
- State Bar of California
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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