Stuart J. Olstad

Partner, Patent Attorney
(612) 315-4113

Minneapolis Office
33 South Sixth Street, Suite 3950
Minneapolis, MN 55402


  • Valparaiso University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering (1982), Tau Beta Pi, graduated With distinction
  • Purdue University, M.S., Mechanical Engineering (1984)
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. (2005), cum laude; William Mitchell Law Review


Bar Admissions

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

Membership Organizations

  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Stuart Olstad is a partner with Christensen Fonder Dardi P.A. with practice focusing on patent prosecution and advising on validity and infringement issues.  Stuart has significant prosecution experience and providing opinions in technologies involving medical devices, instrumentation, materials sciences, software and the mechanical arts. Portfolio management of medical devices includes ablation catheter, spinal implant, and blood filter technologies.  Other technology areas in which Stuart has significant patenting experience include farm implements, semiconductor packaging, and firearms.

Stuart brings to his practice more than 20 years of experience in the fields of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Prior to law school he was a scientist at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company’s Materials Research Laboratory, where his research included characterization of infrared signatures and development of cryogenic focal planes. Stuart also worked for FluiDyne Engineering Corporation, designing and installing measurement systems for wind-tunnel test facilities and air-flow test benches, and researching innovative approaches for gas-to-liquid conversion in the petrochemical industry.

Practice Areas
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Trade Secrets
  • IP Portfolio Management
  • Licensing
  • Technology Review and Product Clearance
Technology Areas
  • Medical Devices
  • Physics/Mechanical
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Materials Science/Metallurgy
  • Optics/Optical Instruments
  • Software
  • IP Insurance – A New Reality for Innovative Companies, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law (August/September 2013)
  • The Sudden Rise (and Fall?) of False Patent Marking Claims, The Hennepin Lawyer (June 2011)
  • International Patent Protection: Hurry Up & File, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law (February/March 2010)