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Intellectual Property Litigation

Patterson Thuente IP‘s team of intellectual property litigation attorneys advocate for technology-driven clients looking to enforce or defend their IP assets. Our approach to IP litigation strategy begins with understanding the client’s business objectives. We tailor our approach to each and every case with that understanding in mind.

We handle IP disputes for a wide range of clients, from individual inventors to major corporations, and we offer companies of all sizes better pricing, more creative solutions, and greater diversity among our attorneys than they often find elsewhere.

Based in Minneapolis we represent plaintiffs and defendants in Minnesota, throughout the US and worldwide in intellectual property related disputes.

IP Litigation Or Litigation Alternatives

  • Patent infringement
  • Complex, multi-party defense and patent troll (NTE) battles
  • Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings
  • Trademark infringement
  • Trademark counterfeiting
  • Domain name ownership
  • Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings
  • Trade secret theft
  • Trade dress infringement
  • Copyright infringement
  • District and Federal Court appeals
  • Amazon/online counterfeiting takedowns
  • False advertising
  • Unfair competition
  • Contract disputes
  • Inventorship disputes
  • Licensing rights
  • US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) seizures
  •  ANDA/Hatch Waxman

We also provide IP audit and risk analysis services related to your patents, trademarks, trade secret policies, copryrights, licenses, agreements, and more.

Meet our IP Litigation Team – Champions of IP and Advocates for Ideas

Jeffer, an employee at Patterson Thuente IP Jeffer Ali, IP Litigation Practice Chair, has 25+ years of experience in the courtroom. He’s a trial lawyer with a reputation for strategy development, “blood-drawing” cross-examination and sincere dedication to his client’s position.
Tom Dickson, shareholder at Patterson Thuente IP Tom Dickson is a seasoned litigator and patent attorney who technology companies rely upon for realistic, business-oriented strategy. His litigation experience spans patent and trademark infringement, business disputes and insurance matters.
Brad Pedersen, shareholder at Patterson Thuente IP Brad Pedersen is a go-to lawyer for inter partes review and other post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB). He’s been involved in patent litigation as an advocate for clients and as a business owner, giving him a full-circle perspective on the experience.
Tye Biasco, partner at Patterson Thuente IP Tye Biasco is a protector of brands. He defends brand owners in trademark cancellations and trademark oppositions, negotiates coexistence arrangements, executes on cease and desist campaigns, and works closely with the firm’s trial attorneys when a lawsuit is the best solution.
Nick, an employee at Patterson Thuente IP Nick Kuhlmann is an up-and-coming IP litigator with more trial experience than most of his peers. He’s an advocate with an eye for detail and precision. Nick has had tremendous success in patent, trademark, trade secret, and trade dress litigation for small and mid-sized companies.
Ariel, an employee at Patterson Thuente IP Ariel Howe has a wide range of litigation experience, but her heart lies with patents and technology. Clients appreciate her propensity for open communication, efficiency and quickly grasping the technological aspects of a case.
Kyle Doerrler, associate at Patterson Thuente IP Kyle Doerrler brings valuable technical authority in all things software. He supports the trial team by drafting briefs, preparing appeal briefs, creating claim charts, and conducting research.

Read about some of our IP litigation successes

  • Represented a foreign manufacturer of large lifting equipment. Our contributions led not only to a favorable summary judgment ruling on the question of patent infringement, but to a domino effect resulting in resolution of claims that had been brought against the client’s customer.
  • Defended a client in patent infringement action covering lighting technology; assisted in obtaining stay of the case pending reexamination before the USPTO after successfully transferring case from New Jersey federal court to Minnesota. Case was dismissed without any damages paid by the client.
  • Jeff Ali was lead trial counsel representing the world’s largest generic drug company in a patent infringement dispute relating to marketing of a generic Alzheimer’s drug. He conducted a long cross-examination at trial which “drew blood on almost every point;” The plaintiff’s witness “often obfuscated or gave rambling responses rather than answering questions directly,” according to analysis of the trial by a third-party source. Jeff’s cross-examination led to a decision by the Chief Judge favorable to his client.
  • Defended a manufacturer of scratch-resistant polymer coatings for eyeglass lenses in a patent infringement suit. Nick Kuhlmann delivered a 4-hour oral argument at a dispositive motion hearing, which led to negotiation of a favorable settlement.
  • Represented a large, Minnesota-based mulch manufacturer in pursuit of trade secret and trademark infringement claims against a competitor. Following discovery, expert witness preparation and dispositive motion practice, the dispute was settled.

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Our lawyers listen well and offer personalized counsel to all clients. We welcome your inquiry by email or by phone at 612-361-0309.