United States: Minnesota Winthrop & Weinstine PA

Winthrop & Weinstine PA, founded in 1979, is an entrepreneurial commercial law firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since inception, the firm has grown to more than 125 highly ambitious attorneys who are committed to capturing and advancing the best interests of their clients. Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys represent, support and guide clients in almost every area of law for businesses and most significantly, understand clients’ passion for their businesses.

The firm’s attorneys adhere to four core values: commitment to professional excellence, responsibility to community service, dedication to teamwork and life balance and integrity. Winthrop & Weinstine lawyers represent their clients with tenacity and ask the difficult questions to probe for solutions. At the end of the day, the firm’s attorneys know that results are the key to lasting client relationships.

IP practice

Winthrop & Weinstine offers a full range of IP services encompassing trademark and brand management, copyrights, internet and domain name issues, patent prosecution and litigation. The firm’s highly experienced IP team keeps a watchful eye on clients’ most important intangible business assets to advance their commercial competitiveness. While the firm’s attorneys are intensely focused on enforcing and defending their clients’ rights, they are equally intense in efforts to help avoid disputes and also from infringing upon the rights of other companies. Attorneys perform IP audits to assist clients in prioritising their resources and maximising the value of their IP assets.

With 20 attorneys focusing their practices exclusively on intellectual property, Winthrop & Weinstine has a deep bench to assist clients with any IP matter, large or small. The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, food and beverage, outdoor and sports equipment, computer software, financial services and hospitality, among others.

Trademark and brand management

Winthrop & Weinstine has a direct approach to this critical area – the firm creatively defends and protects trademarks and brands as if they were its own, with a stellar team of seasoned professionals. Winthrop & Weinstine’s trademark and brand management attorneys advise businesses of all sizes and stages, from the well established to new and emerging businesses, and design creative solutions tailored for the specific goals of each client. The firm’s lawyers also work closely with clients’ advertising and marketing agencies to strategically extend and defend brands and marks across market segments, cultures and national boundaries.

The firm’s wide range of branding and trademark services include:

  • trademark searches and opinions;
  • trademark selection advice;
  • trademark registration;
  • trademark ownership advice;
  • US and international trademark portfolio management;
  • Madrid Protocol counselling;
  • trademark conflict resolution;
  • trademark licences;
  • trademark acquisition and assignments;
  • ad clearance;
  • false advertising advice;
  • unfair competition counselling;
  • cross-branding transactions;
  • state and federal court litigation; and
  • proceedings before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys are thought leaders in the industry and regularly speak around the country on trademark prosecution and enforcement issues.

Trademark litigation

Whether competitors are attempting to trade on a client’s goodwill in the marketplace, diluting the distinctiveness of its famous mark or infringing on marks, Winthrop & Weinstine tailors expert legal solutions that quickly resolve the issue with the greatest economic efficiency. Firm attorneys come fully equipped to aggressively litigate cases all the way to trial when necessary, but also work hard to obtain extraordinary relief through restraining orders and preliminary injunctions. Winthrop attorneys creatively explore every possible legal remedy, always with the goal of preventing damage to a client’s name, mark and profitability.

Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys also have extensive experience practising before the TTAB and represent clients both in opposing and asserting trademarks at this critical stage. The firm’s attorneys have a deep understanding of the intricacies of the TTAB proceedings process and deftly guide clients through challenges, including all the way to the Federal Circuit. In addition, Winthrop & Weinstine has brought and defended against numerous lawsuits involving allegations of trademark infringement. Firm attorneys have developed a comprehensive body of experience and knowledge concerning the Lanham Act and related state statutes, including the Minnesota Deceptive Trade Practices Act, which can be quickly brought to bear in either prosecuting or defending against trademark infringement claims.

Contact details

Winthrop & Weinstine PA
Capella Tower
Suite 3500
225 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis MN 55402-4629
United States

E: sbaird@winthrop.com
T: +1 612 604 6400
W: www.winthrop.com

Professional contacts

Stephen R Baird, Chair
E: sbaird@winthrop.com

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