Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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Minneapolis, MN 55402, United States

Contact: Deb DuBois

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February Forecast Projects Larger Surplus

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) announced a short time ago that the surplus for FY 2017-2017 has ballooned to $1.869 billion. This $832 million increase is mostly the result of additional revenue collections. Here is the…more
| Elections & Politics

Week in Review - February 2015 #4

MNsure Reform - Minnesota’s already low rate of people without health insurance fell even more over the past year, a survey from Gallup finds. At the beginning of 2014, just 9.5 percent of Minnesotans lacked health…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Elections & Politics, Health, Taxation, Transportation

Will #TheDress Impact Color Trademarks?

#TheDress phenomenon is about to shape the future of color trademarks and trade dress rights. You may recall, we have written a great deal on the subject of non-traditional trademark protection of colors, especially during…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

All-Star Tips To Avoid Infringement Litigation

Shoes are always in the news. From a fashion standpoint, Nike has made headlines this week, with a re-release of the Classic Cortez running shoe (aka, the Forrest Gump shoe) along with the second edition of the LeBronald…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

The NORTH STAR Guides One to Trademark Issues

Minnesota is known as the North Star State – L’Étoile du Nord. The state of hipsters, unique dining experiences, bitter cold winters, gorgeous summer nights, and fantastic craft brewers also has an impressive craft cocktail…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property

Trademarks That Violate Public Policy

As our friend John Welch reported last week,  the place to be on March 10, 2015, is Washington, D.C., at the 25th Annual “PTO Day,” sponsored by the Intellectual Property Owners Association: John will be part of the panel update…more
| Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

Week in Review - February 2015 #3

Pay Raises/Ebola Funding - Reacting to the firestorm over the Governor’s recent salary increases for his Commissioners, the House had inserted language to cut the funding for one year for the Departments of Health, HHS and…more
| Criminal Law, Insurance, Privacy, Transportation

MNsure Audit Released

The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) released its much-anticipated review of MNsure’s first year of operations. MNsure is Minnesota’s online health insurance marketplace that was established in accordance with the…more
| Health, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

Hope You Didn’t Get A Longchamp Bag For Valentine’s Day

Now I do not mean to tell you that you should return an authentic Longchamp bag from the shops in Paris or the famous bags sold in boutiques stateside. But, if your sweetheart bought you a bag from Bed Bath & Beyond…more
| Intellectual Property

Crafting an Effective Fair Use Defense

The beer industry is rife with trademark legal issues. We’ve discussed quite a fe here, including disputes over brewery names, attempts to register as a trademark the design of a beer glass, or the longstanding issue of whether…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Samsung Boards Brandverbing Bandwagon

Samsung appears to be the most recent brand to board the brandverbing bandwagon with its Galaxy Note 4 advertising campaign, asking the critical question: Do You Note? Samsung has federally-registered in the U.S. the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Get to the Chopper: A Service Mark on a Helicopter?

When a business uses its trademark in connection with an ordinary billboard advertisement, should it try to register the billboard as another trademark unto itself?  I venture that nearly every trademark attorney would say no. …more
| Intellectual Property

Week in Review - February 2015 #2

Pay Raises - Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican House are sparring over state agency commissioner pay. Last month, Dayton increased pay for 26 commissioners and department heads by a total of $802,000. Republicans say the…more
| Elections & Politics, Taxation, Transportation

Web Developer Swipes Left on TINDER

Tinder received an early Valentine’s day note in the form of a lawsuit from a lesser known web developer named WildFireWeb. For those of you coupled folks hopefully unfamiliar with the service, Tinder is a free dating app…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

The Controversial SAWS of “Justice”

What if the Trademark Office took Taylor Swift’s controversial new trademark applications and stalled examination of them, preventing them from getting approved, despite having no legitimate basis to refuse their registration,…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property
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