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Intellectual Property

What is a patent?

A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States.  U.S. patent grants are effective only within the United States, U.S. Territories and U.S. possessions.  What is granted is the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention.

What is a trademark?

A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device used in trade with goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others. Trademark rights may be used to prevent others from using a confusingly similar mark, but not to prevent others from making the same goods or from selling the same goods or services under a clearly different mark. *Source:  United States Patent and Trade Office

Southwest Minnesota

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Metro-Area Intellectual Property Attorneys (ranked by IP Attorneys)

RankFirmSample of Services
1Robins Kaplan Miller & CiresiLitigation related to patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets


Faegre & BensonLitigation, patent preparation and prosecution, technology and licensing transactions, trademark and brand management, data privacy, copyrights, advertising, media
3Merchant & GouldPatent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secret, advertising and computer law and related litigation including trials and appeals
4Fish & RichardsonPatents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, IP litigation, IP transactions
5Dorsey & WhitneyTrademark, patent, copyright, portfolio management, IP audits, IP litigation including patent prosecution, patent licensing
6Schwegman, Lundberg & WoessnerPatent prosecution, FTO, (non)infringement and (in)validity opinions, acquisition due diligence, portfolio analysis, planning, management, licensing, pre-litigation advice
7Fredrikson & ByronDomestic and International full-service patent, trademark, copyright, IP litigation, licensing, due diligence, trade secrets
8Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & ChristensenPatent, trademark, copyright, IP litigation, international IP protection, licensing, interference, re-examination, trade secrets, entertainment and the arts
9Carlson, Caspers, Vandenburgh & LindquistIP property litigation specializing in the trial and appeal of patent, trade secret and other high-technology cases
10Shumaker & SieffertPatent preparation and prosecution, patent infringement options and patent counseling
11Briggs and MorganPatents, trademarks, copyrights, prosecution, litigation, transactions
12Kinney & LangePreparation and prosecution of patent, trademark and copyright applications; intellectual property product clearance; opinions; licensing and litigation
13Leonard, Street and Deinard U.S. and international trademark filing and portfolio management; copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent litigation; intellectual property licensing
14Brooks, Cameron & HuebschProcuring patents, counseling on patent disputes, providing opinions on patent infringement, conducting due diligence studies, negotiating licensing deals
15Winthrop & WeinstineIntellectual property litigation, technology law, copyrights, trademarks, brand management, domains, licensing
16Vidas, Arrett & SteinkrausPatents, trademarks, copyright, trade secret and associated licensing and litigation
17Kagan BinderPatent and trademark prosecution and oppositions, technology transfer agreements, validity studies, due diligence, portfolio management, client counseling, IP enforcement and defense
18Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & LarsonPatent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secret, advertising, technology, re-examinations, reissues, appeals, oppositions, licensing, opinions
19Gray Plant MootyU.S. and global trademark registration and enforcement, copyright protection and enforcement, software and technology licensing
20Oppenheimer Wolff & DonnellyAcquisition, prosecution, maintenance, portfolio management, infringement disputes, licensing and due diligence
21Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt Domestic and international patent preparation and prosecution, due diligence investigations, validity/infringement opinions and portfolio management
22Lindquist & Vennum Litigation and transactional advice involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, domain names, trademark prosecution, insurance, asset sales and licensing
23Crawford Maunu Patent and trademark preparation and prosecution
24Moore & Hansen Client counseling, patent, trademark, copyright preparation, enforcement, litigation, IP portfolio management, domain name management, licensing and other transactional matters
25Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg Trademark application, registration and protection; domain name protection; copyright registration, enforcement and licensing; IP evaluations and due diligence

*Source:  Business Journal Top 25 List, October 30, 2009

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