Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Capella Tower, Suite 3500
225 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402, United States
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

Did She Or Didn’t She?

This is the question a court in the Southern District of New York will be dealing with in a recent lawsuit filed against Destiny Hope, a/k/a Miley Cyrus and others. Does Miley’s chart topping 2013 hit song “We Can’t Stop”…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

Patent IPRs and Allergan’s Sovereign Immunity Defense

In an age of rising healthcare costs, pharmaceutical companies can be an easy target in calls for patent reform. Patent protection helps drug manufacturers recoup their investment in developing the new drug,. It also prevents…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Indigenous Peoples, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology


I’m counting down the minutes to leaving my office later today to begin my favorite weekend of the year – the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament! Even though my bubble was bursted on Selection Sunday – my team didn’t make it…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Education, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

Update: PayPal v. Pandora Settlement

Last year I posted about the trademark infringement complaint by PayPal against Pandora, based on Pandora’s rebranded “P” logo that was introduced in October 2016. See a comparison below of PayPal’s blue “PP” design mark (left)…more
 /  Intellectual Property

USPTO Adds New Tool to Fight Fraud

Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced a new pilot program to help fight fraudulent trademark applications. Specifically, the new program addresses situations where the applicant provided the USPTO with a…more
 /  Intellectual Property

The Sweet Smell of Registration

Last year we took a whiff of Hasbro’s application to register the smell of its Play-Doh® for “toy modeling compounds.” We didn’t think the application was ripe for a functionality refusal, but a refusal on the ground of a lack…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Amazon Smiles With Iconic Non-Verbal Logo?

Yesterday, while on the highway heading to a client meeting, I noticed a truck that looked like this..…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

The PHILLY SPECIAL Isn’t So Special

Well, it is the end of February and the Super Bowl hangover in Minneapolis might finally be over. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still time to analyze trademarks related to the Big Game. Much ado was made about the Eagles’…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

Talk to Chuck, Trade Like Chuck, or Chuckit?

A recent advertisement caught my ear because it involved financial services offered by a guy named Charles Hughes a/k/a Chuck Hughes and the catchy marketing phrase Trade Like Chuck..…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Stone Brewing v. MillerCoors: A Key(STONE) Trademark Battle

Stone Brewing Co., an independent craft brewery based in California, has filed a trademark infringement complaint against MillerCoors LLC and Molson Coors Brewing Co. (collectively “MillerCoors”). The complaint is based on the…more
 /  Intellectual Property

“Brother Thelonious” Monk’s Likeness Protectable Decades After Death

Earlier this month, a California federal judge kept alive a suit brought by the estate of famous jazz musician Thelonious Monk against North Coast Brewing Co. for trademark infringement and infringement of the right of…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Decision Invoking GAME OF THRONES – There Is No Middle Ground

A United States Magistrate Judge in Northern California relied on the Game of Thrones where there is no “Middle Ground” in rendering his decision to award attorneys’ fees for the work spent on all claims brought by former…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Lawsuit Verdict Makes Grumpy Cat Smile

For anyone unfamiliar with internet cat personalities, Grumpy Cat is a well-known feline whose dwarfism and underbite culminate in a perpetual—and adorable—sour expression. Grumpy Cat’s real name is Tardar Sauce. In 2012, when…more
 /  Business Torts, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Snickers Has a Cross Section TM Registration!

It is frequently becoming more and more difficult to remember all the topics we’ve covered here over the last — almost — nine years. A recent Snickers end cap display jogged my memory..…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Who Owns the Trademark Rights to Tesla/SpaceX’s Roadster?

Today I write with a thought-provoking question: Just who owns the trademark rights to Telsa/SpaceX’s Spaceman Roadster? Tesla? SpaceX? Perhaps even humanity?…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Transportation
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