Ideas. Owned.®
Christian Girtz is a partner with Patterson Thuente. He handles patent preparation and prosecution for clients in the fields of computer software, communications, Internet and electronic commerce, and medical devices.

Professional Experience
Christian’s technical background includes working as a lead software engineer for Honeywell International. His work there involved the development of test equipment software and embedded software for ring laser gyro-based aerospace products sold to major aerospace companies, defense contractors, and the U.S. Government. He is experienced in ASIC and ARM architectures as well as various data link layer protocols. Christian also interned as an application developer for Cerner Corporation, writing software for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) products, gaining experience with Oracle/DB2 databases and MFC class-based Win32 software applications.  

As the convergence of software and digital technology increases across industries, Christian is called upon to assist with clients in the areas of medical device, retail, and manufacturing. He has significant experience developing design patent strategies to bolster protection of clients’ innovation. He also works with startup companies and provides pro bono counsel to inventors through the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program.

Representative Technology Experience
  • Software
  • Communications
  • Embedded systems
  • Internet security
  • Graphical user interface
  • Electronic commerce

Practice Areas

  • Patent Law


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Minnesota
    • B.S., Computer Science - 2004


  • Real World Impact, Mitchell on Law, Spring, 2010
  • A Kid-sized Niche, Star Tribune, January 24, 2010
  • Transatlantic Patenting, Landslide: A Publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, Volume 2, Number 2, November/December, 2009

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Minnesota

Community Involvement

  • LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program, Volunteer

Current Employment Position

  • Partner - Patent Attorney

Past Positions

  • Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) Products
  • Gaining Experience with Oracle/DB2 Databases
  • USPTO Law School Clinical Certification
  • Honeywell International, Lead Software Engineer
  • Cerner Corporation, Application Developer