Services & Industries
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2010
B.A., University of Miami, 1995
Bar and Court Admissions
Oregon State Bar
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Eric is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurial Services, and Information Privacy & Security practice groups, He focuses his practice on advising clients on the value and business impacts of intellectual property, creating and negotiating technology and software licenses, and protecting clients’ trademark, patent, copyright, and trade secret rights through litigation in both federal and state court.
Eric joined Tonkon Torp in 2010 after earning his J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to entering law school, Eric worked for 12 years as a software developer and architect.
Represented Applicant at USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
Successfully represented trademark applicant Fresh Hemp Foods Ltd. in an opposition proceeding before the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Defended Pet Toy Manufacturer
Successfully defended pet toy manufacturer against a motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction based upon allegations of trademark infringement.
WHI Hotel, LLC, et al. v. Wilsonville Holiday Partners LLC, et al.
Defended Wilsonville Holiday Partners (WHP) against claims for breach of warranty and misrepresentation in a hotel property sold by WHP to buyers in 2008. The buyers claimed that alleged defects in the hotel allowed water intrusion from the roof and windows. The case was tried to a jury in Washington County Circuit Court. Plaintiffs sought damages of $5 million and punitive damages of $15 million. After the jury had deliberated to impasse, the case was settled on terms favorable to the client, for a small fraction of the amount sought by plaintiff, and the settlement consisted mainly of forgiveness of a note from buyers to seller for seller financing of a portion of the purchase price.
The global marketplace offers tremendous growth opportunities. It also presents new challenges for protecting intellectual property across international borders. To help clients protect the integrity and value of their brand, Tonkon Torp intellectual property attorney Chris Erickson has adopted a global perspective on his trademark practice to help companies register and protect their trademarks and service marks in the U.S. and throughout the world. Tonkon Torp is a full service trademark firm – taking companies through risk assessment to filing and registration, and litigation if necessary.
Tonkon Torp has won a significant patent case for its client, CamelBak Products. CamelBak, based in Petaluma, California and founded in 1989, invented the hands-free hydration category and is the global leader in personal hydration gear. In November 2014, CamelBak was sued for patent infringement on a lid assembly for a beverage container that included cleaning features.
Tonkon Torp client Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) is the North American subsidiary of one of the largest corporations in the world, the Italian electricity company Enel S.p.A. Here’s how we helped EGPNA in a renewable energy acquisition.
Community Involvement & Activities
American Bar Association
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
The Best Lawyers in America
2021, Ones to Watch – Litigation – Intellectual Property
2021, Ones to Watch – Technology Law
2017-2019, Oregon Rising Star – IP Litigation
2016, Oregon Rising Star – Business Litigation
Tonkon Torp LLP has elected Rachel Atchison, Eric Beach, Jeff Bradford, and Alex Tinker to the partnership, effective January 1, 2021.
Nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing nine practice groups have been honored in Best Lawyers’ inaugural Ones to Watch directory. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch is a peer-review honor focused on acknowledging attorneys who have been in private practice five to nine years for their outstanding professional excellence.
Tonkon Torp attorneys Parna Mehrbani and Eric Beach continued their series of briefings to introduce the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to the Portland business community. The CCPA is a sweeping consumer privacy law that goes into effect on January 1, 2020 and will impact a significant number of businesses based in Oregon who do business in California or with California residents.
Tonkon Torp attorneys Parna Mehrbani and Eric Beach hosted a follow up briefing on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The CCPA goes into effect on January 1, 2020 and will impact a significant number of businesses who do business in California or with California residents. Since February, Parna and Eric have hosted several briefings to introduce the sweeping privacy act to the Oregon business community.
Thirty-one Tonkon Torp attorneys in nine practice areas have been included in the 2019 Oregon Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists.
Publications & Presentations
“Introduction to the California Consumer Privacy Act,” September 2019
“California Consumer Privacy Act 2.0,” July 2019
“Why Should Oregon Companies Care About California’s Privacy Law?” Portland Business Journal, May 2019
“California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018,” February 2019, April 2019
“Cybersecurity for Startups,” September 2018
“Privacy Policies and the GDPR,” June 2018
“IP Round Table for Startups,” November 2017
“Intellectual Property Assets – Practical Advice for Startups,” TiE Oregon Bootcamp, October 2017
“Cybersecurity for Nonprofits,” September 2017
“Guiding Your Clients Through the Silicon Forest,” Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, June 2017
“Legal Issues Facing Startups,” PSU Business Outreach Program Learn+Network, November 2016
“When Do You NEED to Talk to a Lawyer,” TiE Oregon Bootcamp, November 2016
“Commercial & Cyber Insurance,” October 2016
“Developing an IP Strategy,” Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network, August 2016
“Website Law for Startups,” April 2016
“Cybersecurity,” Greater Portland Compliance Association, Q2 Educational Session, June 2015