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
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Elections & Politics
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Minnesota
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Legislative Client Alert: Franken Fallout

Following sexual harassment allegations, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced on Thursday, December 7, that he will be resigning in “the coming weeks” from his U.S. Senate seat…more
 /  Elections & Politics

Oh Trademark Registration, You’re So Vain?

Ron, you’re so vain, you probably think this post is about you, don’t you, don’t you — actually, it is, or, let’s say, more about your recent in-actions — still, I hope you enjoy this cute little melody…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Will the Small Hotel Knock the Gym Out of its Space?

The Equinox Hotel Management, Inc. (“Equinox Hotels”) sued the Manhattan upscale gym giant, Equinox Holdings Inc. (“Equinox Gyms”), asking a federal judge in California to block the gym from expanding into hotels. Equinox Hotels…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Trademark Enforcement in the Social Media Age

Attorneys in general, and trademark attorneys in particular, have a reputation for heavy handedness. The traditional weapon of choice for these legal pugilist has been, and continues to be, ye olde cease and desist letter. A…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Beer Brand Battles: David Takes on City Hall (with Goliath on the sidelines)

The City of Portland is known as a hub for craft beer, and its local government couldn’t be prouder. The Travel Portland website proudly proclaims that Portland is “home to more breweries than any other city on earth.” Yet the…more
 /  Intellectual Property

John Deere: These Colors Don’t Run

Growing up with a farm in the family, I learned early on that Nothing Runs Like Deere®. As people tend to do, we named all of the tractors – after Masters of the Universe characters, of course. There was a front-loader type…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Supreme Court Justices’ Questions in Oil States Suggest Inter Partes Review Will Be Upheld as Constitutional

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, No. 16-712. The case presents a direct challenge to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Energy & Utilities, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Will the Velveeta Brand Melt into Laughter?

What do you think of when you hear the word Velveeta? Me too, childhood — complete with piping hot Campbell’s tomato soup — and perfectly melted grilled cheese sandwiches. Later in life, at least for me, came liquid gold and…more
 /  Intellectual Property

When Names become Brand Names

Naming things is a fundamentally personal, human act that sometimes – in a profession all about brand names – we take for granted. It’s easy to forget when we are clearing, registering, and protecting names, that at a basic…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Tasting Notes: When Alcohol Goods and Services Descriptions Matter

On December 11, I will be presenting a CLE on Brewery and Distillery Law, discussing trademark issues affecting breweries and distilleries. One of the topics that I’ll spend some time on during that presentation – and one that…more
 /  Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Governor’s Veto of Legislative Appropriations

The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld Governor Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of appropriations for the Minnesota House and Senate for the 2018-2019 biennium. The Court acted with only a single dissent…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics

DYKES ON BIKES No Longer Idling After Matal v. Tam

Simon Tam wasn’t the only one barred by the Lanham Act from reclaiming a historically derogatory term. Dykes on Bikes is a nonprofit lesbian motorcycle organization. According to their website, the group’s mission is to…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Call of Duty Trademark Lawsuit: A Humvee Humdinger

AM General, manufacturer of Humvee military vehicles, has sued Activision Blizzard for trademark infringement, based on the use of the “Humvee” and “HMMWV” marks for the virtual military vehicles displayed in Activision’s Call…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Classic Trademark Fair Use of Google Mark?

North Memorial Health must be spending significant advertising dollars at the moment, with a variety of ads appearing all over the Minneapolis skyway system, above is one current example…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Kim Kardashian Secures Hometown Advantage

Kim Kardashian West’s (“Kardashian’s”) company Kimisaprincess, Inc. won its motion to transfer a pending case against the company from Illinois to California. Danish makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis (“KKW”) sued Kimisaprincess…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property
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