March 03, 2020

Faegre Drinker Adds Former In-House Leader X. Christina Huang to Firm's IP Practice in Minneapolis

Faegre Drinker today announced that X. Christina Huang has joined the firm’s Minneapolis office as counsel in the Intellectual Property Group. Huang comes to the firm after more than 20 years working for 3M Company in both the lab and legal departments and serving as primary IP counsel for 3M’s global divisions in the last seven years.

Huang’s practice is focused on helping clients define and develop business-minded strategies to protect and grow their IP assets and mitigate IP-related risks. She provides comprehensive IP services to clients, including patent drafting and prosecution, freedom-to-operate and invalidity opinions, IP agreement drafting and negotiations, inter partes review, and patent and copyright litigation.

While at 3M Company, Huang led a global team with members in Germany, the U.K., Japan, China, India and Brazil. She managed IP aspects of major business strategies and challenges, including: establishing effective IP strategies, negotiating million-dollar deals, conducting IP due diligence and transaction negotiation for a $1 billion acquisition, and supporting various patent and IP disputes.

“We are delighted to welcome Christina to Faegre Drinker,” said Jim Steffen, partner and leader of the firm’s IP Group. “Her global leadership background at 3M gives her a sophisticated understanding of the real world challenges clients face in the critical IP space. Christina will provide tremendous value to our clients and our firm as we continue to develop IP strategies that drive businesses forward.”

Huang earned her Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law. She also earned: a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Minnesota, a M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Akron, and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Tsinghua University.

With a team approaching 200 professionals, Faegre Drinker’s IP group helps clients identify, protect and leverage the value of assets on a global scale. Guided by in-depth knowledge of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and its counterparts, the firm navigates the prosecution of patents, trademarks and copyrights across of a wide range of industries and scientific disciplines.
Joel Runck

Public Relations Coordinator

Services and Industries

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