Ideas. Owned.®

Sarah Stensland is a partner with Patterson Thuente IP whose overarching experience makes her adept in counseling clients on all aspects of intellectual property. Her clients include individual entrepreneurs as well as US-based and multinational corporations of all sizes in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive, software, and engineered materials companies.

Sarah's work has involved developing strategies for brand protection and IP enforcement for major consumer brands, negotiating license and settlement agreements, serving as trial counsel for companies in disputes ranging from patent infringement to false advertising, and representing clients in trademark oppositions and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the USPTO. As an experienced lawyer and chemical engineer, Sarah has a solid command of her clients' technologies. She helps companies understand the full market value of their products and processes.

Trademarks > Development of brand protection strategies, social media marketing guidelines, joint promotion and licensing agreements; trademark prosecution; representation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

IP Litigation > Represents plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark and copyright infringement litigation, contract disputes, and false advertising cases; successes in early settlement, summary judgment, and trial; represents clients in trademark oppositions and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the USPTO; considerable experience representing generic pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman litigation; serves as local counsel in cases venued in the District of Minnesota.

Copyrights >Represents artists in copyright infringement disputes, both enforcing artists' copyrights and defending artists accused of copyright infringement.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining the legal profession, Sarah worked in the quality department of General Mills, where she gained first-hand experience in evaluating the composition of various products and raw materials. She also spent time at Cargill, where she was involved in projects involving agricultural commodities, refining processes and the production of ingredients used in consumer products.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • University of Iowa
    • B.S. - 2001
    • Major: Chemical Engineering


  • Super Lawyers, 2020
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, 2012 – 2018


  • Shades of Confidentiality: Understanding the Attorney-Client Privilege, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, October/November 2018

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Intellectual Property Practice Group Co-Chair
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Member
  • ChIPs, Minneapolis Chapter
  • Jimmie V. Reyna IP Inn of Court
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2006
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Minnesota, 2006

Community Involvement

  • Children’s Law Center, Volunteer Attorney
  • Wayzata School District Legislative Action Committee