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Ariel O. Howe, associate at Patterson Thuente IP

Ariel O. Howe

Associate – IP Litigation

Ariel Howe is an associate attorney and member of Patterson Thuente IP’s litigation team. Ariel’s practice focuses primarily on litigation of intellectual property disputes involving patent and trademark infringement. She has also handled business litigation involving complex shareholder disputes, non-competes, employment law, unfair business practices and defamation. Ariel takes pride in streamlining litigation to make the experience more manageable for her clients. She also grasps new technologies with both ease and excitement, giving her a solid command of the technical aspects of IP disputes.

Representative Technology Experience

  • Medical devices 
  • Drug and device technology
  • HVAC
  • 3D Printing
  • Consumer electronics
  • Agricultural technology
  • Data privacy
  • Manufacturing automation

Prior to joining the legal profession, Ariel worked for a locally owned pharmaceutical company in its laboratory, technical writing and regulatory affairs departments. She then worked in private practice for several years before taking a hiatus to work for Thomson Reuters where she developed artificial intelligence to improve legal search tools used by law firms across the globe. Ariel enjoys flow arts and the outdoors in her free time — particularly hiking, fishing, camping and kayaking.

Science and technology, arts and culture, economic empowerment, poverty alleviation, historic preservation and pro bono work have come to inform Ariel’s work as an attorney. She paired the latter two in 2016 when she successfully represented a coalition of historic preservation groups in Minnesota District Court as they attempted to block the destruction of the oldest remaining fire station in St. Paul. Little Bohemia Neighborhood Assoc. et al. v. BK 200 Grand LLC led to negotiations, including with the City Council, and a settlement resulting in the incorporation of the fire station into a new hotel development as a beautifully restored landmark now occupied by Hope Breakfast Bar.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 2014
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Cybaris: An Intellectual Property Law Review, Editor
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
    • B.S., Chemistry – 2006
    • Minor: Mathematics
Case Studies
  • Represented plaintiff seeking declaratory judgment of noninfringement of patents covering vascular intervention technology (QXMédical, LLC v. Vascular Solutions, LLC, et al.)
  • Represented defendant in patent infringement lawsuit for utility and design patents covering lighting technology (Telebrands Corp. v. Seasonal Specialties, LLC)
  • Represented plaintiff in patent infringement action that was resolved favorably for plaintiff with a settlement agreement (Luminara Worldwide, LLC v. Liown Electronics Co.)
  • Represented patent owner in infringement action covering thermally stable acoustical insulation for use in motorized vehicles (3M Innovative Properties Co. v. GDC, Inc.)
  • Defended a claim by an individual investor against a purported control person of an independent broker dealer alleging in excess of $1 million in damages. The investor alleged that several real estate related investment, which later failed, were misrepresented to her and were unsuitable (FINRA Arbitration)
  • Defended collective action against employer based on alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (Confidential AAA Arbitration)
  • Represented individual seeking recompense for violation of the state consumer protection statutes, deceptive trade practices and fraud (Confidential Mediation)
  • Represented defendant against claims of legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and violations of Minnesota Statutes (Christiansen, et al. v. Newman, et al.)
  • Drafted successful motion to dismiss tort claims against defendant (Langama v. Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Gaming Enterprise)

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association – Intellectual Property Law Section
  • American Bar Association Patent Litigation Committee
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association IP Law section

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota

Community Involvement 

  • Simpson Housing Services


  • “Kromoscopic Instrument Development and Detection of Oxidation Damaged LDL and DNA.” Mankato State University, co-author with Dr. Daniel Swart – 2006
  • “Quantum Mechanical Study of the Pyrolysis of 1,3-butadiene,” University of Minnesota, Morris, co-author with Dr. Joseph Alia – 2004