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Sarah M. Stensland

Partner

Litigation
Sarah Stensland is a partner with Patterson Thuente IP and a member of the firm’s litigation team. An experienced trial lawyer, her practice focuses on patent, trademark and copyright infringement litigation; contract disputes; and false advertising cases, as well as representing clients in trademark oppositions and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the USPTO.

Sarah also has considerable experience representing generic pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman litigation. As a lawyer and chemical engineer, Sarah has a solid command of her clients’ technologies and helps them understand the full market value of their products and processes. Her clients include US-based and multinational corporations in the pharmaceutical, medical device and engineered materials industries.

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.

Case Studies
  • Won summary judgment for manufacturing company accused of false advertising.
  • Obtained favorable settlement payments for an artist in copyright disputes.
  • Represented trademark owners in opposition proceedings in USPTO and enforcement actions in Federal Court.
  • Part of the trial team for Teva Pharmaceuticals in an ANDA action involving tamper resistant Oxycontin® in which the patents were invalidated.
  • Represented generic pharmaceuticals companies in ANDA actions involving Multaq®, Vimpat®, ella®, and Xeloda®.
  • Defended a medical device company in patent infringement actions involving the company’s heart device.

Practice Areas

  • Patent and Trademark Infringement Litigation

Education

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

Accolades

  • Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2012 – 2018

Publications

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

Professional Associations

  • 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

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

Current Employment Position

  • Partner – Litigation

Past Positions

  • Quality Department of General Mills
  • Cargill