We help creative and inventive clients in Minnesota and around the world protect – and profit from – their ideas. Our attorneys have interdisciplinary expertise, deep technical and scientific knowledge, and a clear understanding of how intellectual property impacts a company’s bottom line.



Attorneys with interdisciplinary and technical expertise


Patents filed in 2022


Trademarks filed in 2022


Jurisdictions in which we have experience


We frequently serve businesses in Minnesota and across the globe to discuss your brilliant ideas and intellectual property needs. Call 612-361-0309 or email us for a consultation today.


We view our work to support diversity, improve tolerance, and enhance inclusiveness within our own environment and the legal profession as an ongoing effort. This effort is driven by our Diversity & Inclusion Working Group, a collaboration of 10 members of the firm encompassing leadership, attorneys, and staff. The current pillars of our effort include internal engagement and learning, meaningful community volunteer/immersion opportunities, and the leveraging of our international network to enhance cultural awareness. As important is our focus on recruitment, retention, and promotion of diverse team members.


We value equity, inclusion, and dignity for all.

We strive for excellence and recognize that our differences make us stronger.

We respect our differences, realizing we can learn from each other.

We insist on a culture of respect and recognize that words and actions matter. The absence of action and words also matters.​

We believe in the freedom of speech and encourage the civil and respectful expression of ideas and opinions​


Our firm is involved in the following programs that promote diversity in the legal profession and support the advancement of diverse attorneys:

We all share in the responsibility to create a positive culture and to safeguard equity, inclusion, dignity, and respect for all. Each member of the firm is a role model for others

We take action when we observe someone being treated unfairly or in a demeaning manner.

We live and work in our local community, but do business globally, and we commit to living our values on all fronts.


Our lawyers commit time and financial resources to organizations such as the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, Volunteer Lawyers Network and the Hennepin County Bar Foundation.


We love science, math and engineering! Patterson Thuente IP supports organizations that inspire young people to explore, invent and discover, such as Camp Invention, The Works, and The Bakken Museum.


We are also passionate about technology. Our lawyers are active in trade organizations such as Medical Alley, Minnesota High Tech Association, United Inventors Association, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery.


Members of our team were instrumental in launching the first-ever patent law pro bono program and an initiative to spread the program across the country.

Upper Midwest Jazzed Up About Pro Bono Expansion,, April 2015

LegalCORPS Provides Pricey Patent Help for Free, Minnesota Business Magazine, April 2015

Philosophy of Invention, Inventors Eye, March 2015

Inventive Approach: Minnesota Lawyers Offer Assistance Program for Inventors, Minnesota Business Magazine, February 2014

Pro Bono Pilot Program MN Helps Independent Inventors Gain Patent Counsel, Inventors Eye, August 2011

Innovative Help for Innovators, Minnesota Business Magazine, June 2011

Pro Bono: What they are saying, USPTO website
Resources: Learn more about the LegalCORPS IAP USPTO Patent Pro Bono Information Patent Law Pro Bono: A Best Practices Handbook, (with Privratsky, Mark R.) (2013) Cybaris®: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 1. INCLUDES VIDEO

Our team helped a local entrepreneur take her idea straight to the big leagues. Susan Moores is responsible for the creation of Roots for the Home Team, a local nonprofit that brings the bounty produced at Twin Cities youth gardens to hungry Minnesota Twins fans at Target Field.


According to Susan: “Roots for the Home Team began as an idea that something cool could happen if we partnered with youth garden programs, purchased the foods they grew, tapped into their bright brains to create delicious salad recipes, then had the youth sell their salad creations to a major league audience. It’s been a home run. Incredible things have sprouted from this venture.” Susan contacted our firm in 2010, needing assistance with the various agreements that were necessary to put the Twin’s stadium program in place. Our team also helped her with trademark registrations and referred her to a trusted business law firm to handle setting up a 501(c)(3). “They were so supportive at a time when I had a lot of doors closing on this idea,” recalls Susan. “They were always very encouraging — that fist pump when you needed it. It was reassuring to know that they had my back, and still do.”


For Susan, the dream has always been to have a program like Roots at every ballpark in America. Since it’s inception, Roots has expanded to include the University of Minnesota Gophers Football games and has projects with Minneapolis Public Schools, The Wedge Co-op, Kowalski’s Markets and Izzy’s Ice Cream. The program also expanded this year with the addition of Appetite for Change a community-led organization in North Minneapolis whose core effort is to encourage urban agriculture.

The Works is an engineering museum for kids and their families. With exhibits focusing on electricity, simple mechanics, sensors and more, the museum provides an engaging and inspiring experience for the next generation of engineers (and possible patent attorneys). Our attorneys have also had some fun at The Works. The firm has sponsored its annual fall fundraiser called Build it Bash, which involves a fort-building competition. While our team has yet to take home a win, our attorneys enjoyed the challenge and the opportunity to put some of their engineering training to work. Learn more about The Works at


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Minnesota Office

4800 IDS Center

80 South 8th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-361-0309

Montana Office

2066 Stadium Drive

Ste. 101

Bozeman, MT 59715

Phone: 406-851-9836


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