Patterson Thuente IP

Patterson Thuente IP is a full-service IP law firm, serving the legal needs of creative and innovative companies worldwide. The firm’s attorneys excel at developing and executing strategic solutions to the complex IP matters that are crucial to success in today’s highly competitive global marketplace. Backed with degrees in various engineering disciplines, a passion for science and innovation and commitment to excellent client service, the attorneys at Patterson Thuente IP provide counsel that focuses on meeting their clients’ business objectives.

Clients of the firm comprise a dynamic group whose innovations shape the future in industries such as aerospace, biotechnology, chemistry, computers and software, consumer goods, defence, energy, medical devices and equipment, nanotechnology, optical and sensor technologies, pharmaceuticals, retail and telecommunications. The firm represents multinational corporations, medium-sized companies, research institutions and start-up ventures, all of whom benefit from attorneys with interdisciplinary expertise, deep technical and scientific knowledge and a clear understanding of how intellectual property affects their clients’ bottom line.

Practices areas

Patent Practice –  the firm’s attorneys assist clients with domestic and international patent prosecution, IP portfolio management, offensive and defensive prosecution strategy development, Patent Cooperation Treaty applications, clearance searches, licensing, technology transfer, copyright and trade secret protection. Specialty services of the firm include:

  • patent portfolio strategy, including preparation, prosecution and management;
  • post issuance proceedings at the Central Re-exam Unit and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB);
  • accelerated examination;
  • freedom-to-operate and patentability opinions;
  • IP due diligence;
  • competitive analysis; and
  • asset valuation.

Litigation practice – the firm’s litigation department includes attorneys with solid trial experience, representing clients in patent and trademark infringement matters and other IP-related cases in state and federal courts. The firm’s trial lawyers understand the intricacies of patent prosecution, which makes them well suited to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case from the outset. This deep knowledge gives the firm’s litigation team and its clients an edge in the courtroom and at the bargaining table.

The litigation team represents both domestic and non-US clients and is uniquely skilled at handling multi-party lawsuits and disputes with non-practicing entities, or patent trolls. In the Unitede States, the team has experience and connections in a number of jurisdictions, including the IP litigation hotspots of the Eastern District of Texas, Eastern District of Virginia, Northern District of California, and Western District of Wisconsin.

The firm’s litigation team provides comprehensive IP enforcement services to assist clients with:

  • patent and trademark infringement;
  • complex/multi-party defence;
  • inventorship disputes;
  • licensing rights;
  • theft of trade secrets;
  • contracts;
  • district court and federal appeals; and
  • PTAB and Trademark Trial and Appeals Board proceedings.

Trademark practice – the trademark team assists clients in the protection of their brands through comprehensive services that go beyond strategy development and trademark procurement. Additional trademark services include oppositions and cancellations, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers proceedings, worldwide search and clearance, e-commerce issues, unfair competition and false advertising, global trademark watch services and social networking best practices counsel.

International practice – the firm has a truly global practice, both in its representation of non-US companies securing IP rights in the United States and its ability to develop, procure and enforce the IP rights of US companies around the world. An important element of the firm’s international practice is its of counsel relationship with the former director of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, Jay Erstling, and his valuable knowledge of global IP law. The firm also maintains a hand-selected, worldwide network of associate law firms with which long-standing relationships have been forged. These relationships ensure quality and efficiency for its clients when it comes to securing international protection. The firm’s international IP protection consulting service offering includes:

  • general counsel on international patent and trademark filing and strategy;
  • international strategy review and restructuring;
  • country studies and customised reports;
  • bridging relationships with foreign patent offices and attorneys;
  • comparative analysis and opinions;
  • assistance with challenging cases and countries;
  • training for in-house professionals; and
  • periodic updates and education with respect to practice in other countries.

Contact details

Patterson Thuente IP
4800 IDS Centre
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis MN 55402
United States

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