Todd focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and intellectual property counseling.
Todd’s first-chair patent trial experience includes securing a jury verdict of non-infringement for a snow plow manufacturer, obtaining a non-infringement judgment for a maker of house arrest bracelets and obtaining a series of preliminary injunctions for a manufacturer of construction products.
He was also part of a trial team that won more than $39 million for infringement of his client’s semiconductor testing equipment patent – the largest verdict in 2011 for the State of Arizona.
Todd also has experience with reexamination proceedings, inter partes reviews and derivation actions in the U.S. Patent Office.
Todd has developed and managed global patent enforcement programs for a variety of clients. These programs include obtaining preliminary injunctions in the United States while managing worldwide counsel seeking to enforce related patent rights throughout Europe and Asia.
As part of his global IP experience, he assists clients with protecting business interests and inventions in China. He has formed and managed several Chinese R&D centers and is well-versed in many aspects of Chinese IP Law, including procurement and enforcement of Chinese patents, utility models and trademarks.
Todd also has managed Chinese invalidation proceedings and is experienced with the nuances of IP licensing in China.
Finally, Todd has been tasked by several clients with the strategic management of patent portfolios, including coordinating a network of international patent counsel for worldwide patent procurement and protection of medical devices, consumer products, food packaging and construction material inventions.
He provides clients with right-to-market, patentability and non-infringement/invalidity opinions.
Todd is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, AIPPI, AIPLA and INTA.
Todd started at Calfee as an Associate in 1995 and returned to Calfee as a Partner in 2013.
Chambers USA Ranked as Leading Lawyer in IP
He is recognized as one of "America's Leading Lawyers" by Chambers USA 2018 for Intellectual Property. Chambers USA researchers reported that Todd "offers solid strengths in IP litigation matters, with experience representing clients before state and federal courts and before the ITC. He offers niche expertise advising companies on managing IP assets in China as well as acting for Chinese companies with IP assets in the USA."
Honors & Recognitions
Chambers USA 2018, Intellectual Property Law (Ohio)
J.D., The University of Dayton School of Law, Managing Editor, University of Dayton Law Review, 1995
B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa, 1992
Professional & Community
Professional & Community
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association