The Twin Cities play host to a number of brand-rich Fortune 500 companies, including Target, 3M, Ecolab and Medtronic. High-tech start-ups and smaller enterprises are also to be found in abundance in the jurisdiction. This economic backdrop ensures a steady flow of trademark work for locally based practitioners. The market is generally dominated by full-service firms which have a strong presence throughout the Midwestern region and maintain longstanding client relationships with local businesses.
At Barnes & Thornburg, Felicia Boyd specialises in complex trademark litigation relating to numerous business sectors as part of a contentious IP practice; she is “a superbly skilled lawyer with masses of experience”. Linda Byrne maintains a broad trademark practice at Crawford Maunu and is hailed as “spectacular” by commentators. She advises on prosecution, licence agreements and administrative proceedings relating to trademark and domain name rights. Peers reveal: “We think very highly of Byrne and frequently refer matters to her.”