Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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Capella Tower, Suite 3500
225 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402, United States
Contact: Gretchen Milbrath, Director of Business Development and Marketing
Phone: 612-604-6640
Fax: 612-604-6940
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
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  • Environmental Law
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  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
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  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
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  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Nominative Fair Use of Ride-Share Logos?

Earlier this year, we contemplated a suitable, accurate, and efficient generic name for the service category created by the highly-disruptive Uber brand: App-Based Ride Service…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

The Slants, The Redskins, and Free Speech for All Parties

This week’s Matal v. Tam (formerly Lee v. Tam) Supreme Court ruling serves as a reminder that free speech is a two-way street. It also suggests the value of a sympathetic litigant, at least in terms of public response…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

The Covfefe Kerfuffle and the Rush to Register Trending Terms

While many of us are working our way through the flood of thought-provoking analysis of Matal v. Tam, I’m taking a break with some lighter fare, namely, covfefe. In case you missed it, the viral non-word “covfefe” was born out…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

THE SLANTS Decision Affects More than a 2(a) and an (R)

In Monday’s decision in the newly minted, Matal v. Tam case, the Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit decision that the Trademark Office’s refusal to register THE SLANTS mark on disparagement grounds was unconstitutional. …more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

Section 2(a), a Happy-Talk Clause, Really?

We can be certain of one thing for sure, the Supreme Court’s decision today, striking down the disparagement clause of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act will be analyzed for some time…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

The Missing Apple Trademarks

Far be it from me to criticize a company hoarding over $250 billion in cash reserves – but, hey Apple, why aren’t you filing trademark applications?…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

On Flag Day, What Flag Can You Protect?

Today is Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as our national flag 240 years ago. Although maybe more obscure than Fourth of July or Memorial Day since it is not a federal holiday, this has always…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Acceptable Identification of Goods/Services

Beef jerky is one of my favorite snacks, so while strolling through the Minneapolis skyway, I captured the above floor-to-ceiling advertisement to tell another trademark story…more
 /  Business Organizations, Intellectual Property

An Update on the M22 Road Sign Dispute

A brief update on my post last year regarding the “M22” road sign trademark lawsuit, Michigan v. M22 LLC, No. 1:16-cv-01084 (W.D. Mich.)…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Transportation

What Do You Think Of Having ® On Your Store Sign

I traveled to Barcelona last week to attend the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) Annual meeting…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

An Adult’s Form of Parallel Play for Life?

One of the phrases that came to mind this past Memorial Day weekend — while reflecting on the passing of my mother a few short months ago — is: Parallel Play…more
 /  Law Practice Products & Services

Comcast’s Domain Name Enforcement on the Wrong Turf

“Our client is . . . prepared to resolve this matter amicably and without pursuing its claims for damages, but only if you immediately comply with its demands.”…more
 /  Communications & Media Law

“Google” Still Not (Yet) Generic

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant opinion on the topic of genericness, Elliott v. Google, Inc., No. 15-15809. The opinion affirmed a federal district court’s grant of summary judgment…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

USPTO Proposes Cheaper, Faster Cancellation Option

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office register contains a lot of dead weight. In order to obtain a trademark registration and maintain the registration, the owner must use the mark in U.S. interstate commerce (as always, with a…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Dubious Patent Trolls and a Crowdfunded Infringement Defense

We’ve spent time discussing the patent troll phenomenon in the past. Patent trolls are less pejoratively referred to as non-practicing entities, because they do not make or use the inventions covered by their patents. Instead,…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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