Honoring Outstanding Performance in Trademark Law
The Paul A. Welter Award for Excellence in Trademark Law is awarded annually during the INTA Leadership Meeting held in the fall of each year. This award honors outstanding in-house trademark counsel who have distinguished themselves by their career accomplishments and service to the community. Upon recommendation from the trademark community, top candidates are evaluated and presented to the nominations committee for final consideration. The recipient will be presented a plaque and a $5,000 honorarium to the charity of his or her choice. The Award is sponsored by Merchant & Gould and William Mitchell College of Law.
About Paul A. Welter
Paul grew up on a farm homesteaded by his grandparents and located outside of Bemidji, MN. From his educational start in a country schoolhouse, Paul went on to graduate cum laude from Bemidji State University with a degree in chemistry. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and later graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, which he attended at night.
Paul joined Merchant & Gould in 1965, where he found a vocation that he loved and that would last him the rest of his life. In his years with Merchant & Gould, Paul served as Treasurer, Administrative Vice President, as President, as a Member of the Board of Directors, and as Managing Partner of the firm, all while handling a number of the firm's major clients. He was frequently listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America, and often dubbed a "SuperLawyer" by the Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics. Above all, Paul was known by his colleagues, his clients and the legal community as a man of unwavering integrity. Paul was an active member in the Twin Cities community, both in and outside of legal circles. A member of the Minneapolis Rotary Club since 1973, Paul served on the Board of Directors of the Fund for the Legal Aid Society; as a member of the Board of Directors and President of the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association; on the Board of Directors of the William Mitchell College of Law Alumni Association; and generously donated time and financial contributions to political and social organizations, most notably The United Way.
Paul enjoyed spending time with his family in a variety of settings. He never outgrew his appreciation for the north woods, and particularly enjoyed spending time with his wife and children at their family cabin, an unassuming cabin on a small, secluded lake, but surrounded by sixty acres of untouched woods where Paul cleared paths for walking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. In later years, the family also spent time every winter at their condominium on Sanibel Island in Florida. Whether walking the woods in Minnesota or the beach in Florida, Paul took pleasure in pointing out the variety of wildlife around him and surprising the rest of his family with the extent of his knowledge about the natural world.
Paul passed away on Friday, January 6, 2006 of complications from colon cancer.
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