Alpaslan Sapmaz

Senior Counsel
Minneapolis
3200 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.766.6093
Contact My Assistant
Aimee N. Stevens
D: 612.371.5351

Education

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
Phi Kappa Phi

University of Michigan
B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1999
Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma

Bar and Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2006
Minnesota State Bar, 2003
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2003

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association

As a former process engineer, Alp knows how to solve problems. He carries those skills into the law, counseling clients on how they can best achieve their business objectives through the patent process.

Alp practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent prosecution in the mechanical arts. His practice includes guiding clients through the patent process in bringing inventive concepts to granted patents under both U.S. and foreign patent law. Specifically, Alp has extensive experience in performing patentability searching and analysis, preparation and prosecution of utility and design patent applications through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and post-grant procedures, including reissue practice. He also manages foreign law firms in prosecuting patent applications through foreign patent offices.

Alp provides strategic intellectual property portfolio management for large, mid-size, and smaller clients, including market-driven patent prosecution and targeted claim drafting through continuation practice. Alp also counsels clients in intellectual property matters relating to product development and marketing, including providing non-infringement and invalidity opinions. He provides pre-litigation counseling and patent enforcement strategy for clients.

Alp has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting intellectual property contracts, including exclusive and non-exclusive license arrangements, intellectual property assignments, non-disclosure agreements, and non-compete agreements.

Before practicing law, Alp was a process engineer for Solar Plastics, Inc., working with clients in the area of rotational molding. He enjoys golfing, skiing, and playing blues-style guitar.


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