Fredrikson & Byron, PA

Fredrikson & Byron is an international law firm of over 280 attorneys with more than 35 practice and industry areas, serving clients worldwide from Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota; Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota; Des Moines, Iowa; Saltillo, Mexico; and Shanghai, China. We work with clients across numerous industries ranging in size from emerging and mid-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies, many of whom rely on our ability to orchestrate their intellectual property on an international basis.

Trademark experience

Fredrikson’s trademark practice covers all aspects of procurement, licensing, portfolio management and litigation. Our team is well-attuned to real-world business issues and can manage an international trademark portfolio or navigate a trademark dispute. We clear, register, maintain and protect clients’ trademarks and help them develop and implement creative IP protection strategies for building brand and product value around the world.

We have developed efficient processes for managing portfolios, large and small, and we partner with clients with substantial portfolios, extensive clearance searching and comprehensive enforcement programmes.

Among the trademark services we provide our clients, we:

  • provide concise, actionable trademark clearance opinions;
  • prepare, file and prosecute trademark applications in the United States and internationally;
  • manage trademark portfolios thoroughly yet efficiently;
  • coordinate watch services and enforce trademarks;
  • handle trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings;
  • draft and negotiate trademark and copyright licence agreements;
  • conduct due diligence for IP transactions; and
  • provide ongoing advice and counsel.

Our experienced trademark litigation team can protect your brand. Our attorneys have substantial experience in trademark, trade dress, false advertising and domain name disputes. We also handle matters before the TTAB, opposing or seeking to cancel the registration of trademarks confusingly similar to those of our clients and defending against similar claims. Our services include trademark litigation, infringement assessments, counterfeiting enforcement and protection, cybersquatting and grey market goods.

Fredrikson’s team

Ann Dunn Wessberg serves as Fredrikson’s trademark group chair. Prior to joining the firm, Ms Wessberg served as chief trademark counsel at Target, one of the largest discount retailers in the United States. She is uniquely familiar with the business challenges in-house counsel face in terms of the pressures on money, people and time.

Lora Friedemann represents clients in trademark and copyright litigation and has extensive experience in federal courts. She has handled trademark and trade dress disputes for several blue chip companies.

Cynthia Moyer has extensive experience advising clients on issues pertaining to domestic and international trademark registration and enforcement, and routinely handles all aspects of managing trademark portfolios. She regularly appears in the TTAB and in federal courts.

John Pickerill’s practice focuses on trademark and copyright analysis, protection and enforcement; advertising, marketing, promotions and sweepstakes compliance; industry contracts and disputes; and social media and mobile marketing legal compliance.

Tracy Deutmeyer manages her clients’ complex global trademark portfolios across a wide variety of industries and provides practical guidance for developing and implementing IP protection strategies.

Our approach

We partner with our clients to support them in building strong brands and equipping them to be their business’s trusted adviser. Our unique culture attracts and retains high-quality lawyers with deep expertise in industry and legal matters. We recognise that we are only as good as our people, and our success relies on excellent client service.

At Fredrikson, we:

  • promote strong client service supported by our service standards;
  • operate as a full-service law firm with both industry and legal expertise;
  • deliver great value because we staff matters appropriately and have competitive rates;
  • know how to effectively partner with inside and outside counsel to deliver high-quality, practical legal solutions to business problems; and
  • are approachable, team-oriented and deeply committed to building lasting relationships built on trust and mutual respect with our clients.

We offer a number of alternative fee arrangements, including flat fee pricing for trademark clearance searches and prosecution and a fixed monthly or annual fee for international prosecution work.

International network

We have established a worldwide network of foreign trademark associates with whom we work on trademark prosecution issues. We are also a member of the World Services Group and can access foreign partners to assist clients in investigation and litigation services.

Contact details

Fredrikson & Byron, PA
200 South Sixth Street
Suite 4000
Minneapolis MN 55402-1425
United States

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Bismarck
  • Des Moines
  • Fargo
  • Saltillo
  • Shanghai
  • St Paul

Sample client list

  • Bluestem Brands
  • Cardinal Glass
  • Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson
  • General Mills
  • Hormel
  • Johnson Brothers Liquor
  • Kemps
  • Keurig Dr. Pepper
  • Medtronic
  • My Pillow
  • Target

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