Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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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
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  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
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Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

“Square Donuts” – Generic for Cafe Services?

Two businesses in Indiana are squaring off in a trademark lawsuit over the right to use the term Square Donuts for…well, square-shaped donuts…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Protecting the Women’s March Brand

Branding a social movement is tricky. Many individuals following (and leading) social movements tend to view IP rights as antithetical to the spirit of the movement itself. Moreover, success in the PTO for these types of marks…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Trade Dress Catches Up With Ketchup

On a recent happy hour trip to HopCat, a brewpub chain with an incredible beer list of local and regional craft beers, I expected to find a trademark issue or two among the tap handles.  However, instead, I was distracted by a…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Brawling Brands: Beaver Versus Alligator

Who do you think would win in a fight to the death: a beaver or an alligator? Sure, alligators seem scarier. They’re known for sharp teeth and strong jaws. They even have a 1980 horror movie about them called Alligator…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Hamm It Up? The Latest Brand to Verb It Up!

It’s been a little while since the last example we’ve shared showing a brand turning its face, or a blind eye, on age-old rigid trademark advice, counseling against using a brand name as a verb…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Rapala’s 2018 Fishing Opener Billboard Ads

What would Mother’s Day be, at least in Minnesota, without the fishing opener near by? What would another fishing opener be without Rapala’s distinctive slate of billboard ads? Here is an engaging pair of billboard ads…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

M22/Michigan Road Sign Dispute: The Saga Continues

My first post on this blog, nearly two years ago, was about a trademark dispute between the State of Michigan, and a Michigan company, M22, LLC.  M22 sells a variety of merchandise bearing an “M22” mark that appears similar to…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Trader Joe’s Takes on Trademark “Schmo”

In recent USPTO news, Trader Joe’s, the supermarket chain known for its eclectic and unique foodstuffs, recently filed an opposition to registration of the mark “Trader Schmo,” which is described as designating a wide variety of…more
 /  Intellectual Property

What Will Happen To The New Prince Songs

There is a battle brewing over songs by Minnesota’s own Prince. I, for one, am anxious for the dispute to be resolved so we can enjoy these recordings. Who knows, there may be another worldwide hit “Purple Rain” out there…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Uncertain Case of Google Trademark Fair Use

Aren’t digital advertising billboards amazing? My iPhone captured this rolling series of images just yesterday, for a health care organization using the Google trademark in the Minneapolis skyway..…more
 /  Intellectual Property

The Uncertain Case of Deadwood Trademarks

Last week, I enjoyed the privilege of returning to Iowa City (where it all began) for Executive Leadership Board Meetings at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Great meetings there!…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Wal-Mart’s $32.5 Million BACKYARD Brawl

Legal departments sometimes get a bad reputation for saying “no” too often. A “no” from legal is particularly hard to stomach when you think the potential legal risk is farfetched. In this dispute, Wal-Mart must have decided…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Owning Some TM Happiness: Bubly ? Bubbly?

For a few months now, the Minneapolis skyway system has been flooded with a variety of fresh, creative, eye-popping advertising to promote Pepsi’s new bubly sparkling water collection..…more
 /  Intellectual Property

The Law Rewards Creativity

Toward the end of last week, a couple of friendly ironmongers (John Welch and Ron Coleman) had an interesting dialogue on Twitter, with some great insights about creativity and the law…more
 /  Intellectual Property

PTAB-Lovers Rejoice; IPR Lives!

Five months ago to the day, I predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court would uphold inter partes review (“IPR”) proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) as constitutional in Oil…more
 /  Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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