Loretta L. Freeman

Associate
Minneapolis
3200 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4709
Contact My Assistant
Theresa Popehn
D: 612.336.4643

Education

William Mitchell College of Law
J.D. 2011
Minnesota Justice Foundation Pro Bono Recognition

Florida A&M University
B.S. Chemical Engineering Cum Laude 2000
Tau Beta Pi

Bar and Court Admissions

Minnesota State Bar, 2011
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2007

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network
Delta Theta Phi
AIPLA Emerging Technology Committee, 2014 - Chair, Website Subcommittee
Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) Board, Treasurer
The National Black Lawyers
The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Awards & Recognition

The National Black Lawyers Top 100, 2015, 2016
The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2015, 2017

Publications & Speaking

Judge Panelist, Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, February 17, 2017

National Society of Black Engineers 40th Annual Convention— NSBEpreneur Intellectual Property 101: Patents, Trade Secrets, NDA's, and the AIA (America Invents Act), Presenters: Alton Hornsby III, Loretta Lucas, Anthony Duncan, March 28, 2014

Alumni Spotlight, This Month @ Mitchell, William Mitchell College of Law, June 2014

Paper Co-authored

America Invents Act: Post Grant Review under a Trial Lawyer's Lens, American Conference Institute's Medical Device Patents, February 2012

With eleven years' experience developing and commercializing products as an engineer at 3M, Loretta understands firsthand which questions to ask inventors when she's drafting patent applications and how to best highlight the unique details that set the invention apart.

Loretta practices intellectual property law, including trademark clearance, registration, and enforcement, patent prosecution and preparation of opinions on patentability and validity. She works hard to add value to her clients’ businesses by providing in depth analysis on all aspects of Intellectual Property. Loretta’s breadth and depth of intellectual property experience is extensive in patent prosecution – both domestic and foreign – in the mechanical and Life Sciences fields. She enjoys IP Due Diligence work and protecting clients from the pitfalls of intellectual property law.  Loretta specializes in developing sound intellectual property portfolio management strategies, with particular focus on leveraging the value and protection of trademarks and patents.   

As an engineer at 3M, Loretta has developed and commercialized many products and has knowledge in a breadth of technology areas, including micro reflective lens, adhesives, nonwovens, and micro replication. She was the leader of a team that received a Golden Step Award, the most prestigious award given for commercializing a product satisfying over $10 million in sales within 3 years. As a developer, inventor, and leader at 3M, she has helped prepare patent applications, assisted in filing seven design patents, and has aligned patents with products for patent marking purposes. Loretta has experience in drafting art matrices and structuring claims.

Loretta volunteers a pro bono attorney for the Volunteer Lawyer's Network doing housing court for low-income clients in need of legal advice. She also volunteers with LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) assisting inventors in obtaining a patent. 

Loretta is a black belt candidate in Tae Kwon Do, which she started with her son during law school. She also enjoys shooting at the gun range, running, and attending her son's sports and extracurricular activities.

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