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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  • Minnesota
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Comic Con (TM)

The term Comic Con has become synonymous with a certain culture. In recent years, comic book conventions (and comic book culture), have become increasingly popular. Annual comic book conventions are held in major cities across…more
 /  Intellectual Property

All That Glitters is Not One to Mold

To me, one of the most exciting aspects of intellectual property law is when patent law and trademark law intersect in product or packaging design. Last week, I had the honor of speaking to a graduate product design class at…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Torchy’s “Damn Good” Trademark Bullying…Or Not?

A few weeks ago, a Mexican restaurant in Fort Collins, Colorado, named “Dam Good Tacos,” agreed to change its name based on a settlement in a trademark dispute with another Mexican restaurant, Torchy’s Tacos…more
 /  Intellectual Property

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
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