Andrew S. Ehard

Partner
Minneapolis
3200 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4602
Contact My Assistant
Laura C. Kinsky
D: 612.371.5373

Practices

Education

District of Columbia School of Law
J.D., 1997

University of Wisconsin Madison
B.A. Psychology, 1993

Bar and Court Admissions

Minnesota State Bar, 2005
Virginia State Bar, 1997
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1997

Professional Affiliations

International Trademark Association (INTA), 2000-present
INTA Trademark Office Practices Committee
    Examination Guidelines Subcommittee, 2006-2007
    Classification Subcommittee, 2004-2005

Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association, 2000-2004
Virginia State Bar, 1997-present
Intellectual Property Law Section - Virginia Bar, 1999-2000

Awards & Recognition

Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property - Trademarks - Minnesota, USA & Canada by Lexology, 2014-2016
Best Lawyers in America by The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2015
Best Lawyers in Minnesota by Minnesota Monthly and The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2016
Selected as one of The World's Leading Trademark Professionals by WTR 1000, 2012-2016
Top Trademark Attorney by CSC's Trademark Insider, 2007-2010
Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Rising Stars, 2008-2009

Publications & Speaking

Moderator, Lean and Mean—Are You Effectively Managing Your Global IP Practice?, INTA Roundtable (March 26, 2015)

Best Practices For Protection and Clearance of Works, IP Law360 (April 11, 2007)

How to do Due Diligence on an Idea, Upsize Magazine (April 2007)

Trademarks: Best Practice for Selecting and Protecting Brands, @Law Magazine (Spring 2007)

Best Ways to Select and Protect Your Brands, Upsize Magazine (February 2007)

Industry StandardsPrivate Label Magazine, co-authored, (January/February 2007

IP and the Internet - A Growing Need to Police Online Content, CircleId.com (June 26, 2003)

The Trademark Insider, Co-editor (2002-2004)

NameProtect Trademark and Domain Name News, Chief Editor (2001-2004)

New International Classes to Arrive in 2002, NameProtect Trademark and Domain Name News (November 2001)

Trademark Considerations in Selecting Your Brands, The Best Ideas in Business - Edition 113 (October 2001)

Helpful Hints for Registering Trademarks Composed of Domain Names, NameProtect Trademark and Domain Name News (June 2001)

International Trademark Registration Developments: The United States Moves to Adopt the Madrid Protocol, NameProtect Trademark and Domain Name News (May 2001)

Bush's Proposed 2002 Budget Slashes USPTO Funding, NameProtect Trademark and Domain Name News (April 2001)

Tips and Best Practices for USPTO TESS Searching, Roundtable, January 20, 2009

Fraud In the Prosecution of Trademark Cases Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office -Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association, November 20th, 2008

Product Configuration Registration and Enforcement Schemes - A Global Perspective. IPO Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, September 2008

Trademark Basics, presented with Chris Schulte as webcast for 2007 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, September 26, 2007

Effective Trademark Search Strategies for Canada & the United States, presented at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Spring Meeting, 2007 in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Clearance and Protection of Your Literary Works, presented at Hatchfest 2006 Film Festival in Bozeman, Montana, October 5, 2006
Working with Trademark Examining Attorneys: Two Insiders Tell All. Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, Faculty, September 2006

Are We Speaking the Same Language? A Comparison of Canadian, U.S. and Community Trademark Law. INTA Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, 2006

Intellectual Property and the Arts, presented at Hatchfest 2005 Film Festival in Bozeman, Montana, October 7-8, 2005

Moderated INTA Table Topic titled Practical Tips For Electronic Filing With The USPTO, May 18, 2005

Moderated INTA Roundtable on the topic of Counterfeiting and Grey Market Goods, January 18, 2005

Trademark Clearance and the Madrid Protocol, September 9, 2003, (Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago)

Trademark Clearance - Current and Future Best Practices, September 2002, (California Bar Association CLE)

Trademark Prosecution - The Examiner's Perspective, February 2002 (Wisconsin CLE)

Creating a proactive global protection strategy that saves time, money, and aligns his clients' strategic business plans with their trademark portfolio is what Andrew does best. He loves being in the middle of the action, securing his clients' trademarks, managing their portfolios, and looking toward the future to anticipate where and how they might expand and positively leverage their intellectual property rights.
 
Andrew practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on trademark and copyright matters. Andrew represents and counsels significant brand holders in the management of their global trademark portfolios and the selection, clearance, and registration of new brands. He also represents clients involved in domestic and foreign trademark oppositions and cancelation proceedings.
 
Before joining Merchant & Gould, Andrew developed a high level of experience in the area of trademark clearance as the Director of Intellectual Property Services with the trademark research and brand protection company, NameProtect Inc. As a Trademark Examining Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, he prosecuted more than 5,000 applications.

Andrew has continuously been listed as a Top Trademark Attorney by CSC's Trademark Insider, has been named as one of The World's Leading Trademark Professionals by WTR1000, selected to be included in the Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in Minnesota in 2013-2016 by The Best Lawyers in America and Minnesota Monthly. Most recently, Andrew's dedication to customer services was acknowledged by many of his clients when he was awarded the Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property - Trademarks - Minnesota by Lexology in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Within the firm, Andrew serves on the Executive Committee and has previously acted as the chair of the Trademark Group and the co-chair of both the Recruiting Committee and the New Associate Group. He is a frequent speaker and presenter on intellectual property and trademark issues. A passionate hunter and bowhunter, Andrew loves to spend time with his clients outdoors.

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Representative Cases

The Valspar Company v. Gao Ping, Claim Number: FA0809001226468 (November 18, 2008).

Mason Companies, Inc. v. Leroy Chan, Claim No. FA0807001216166 (September 4, 2008).

International Theatres Corporation v. Whois ID Theft Protection c/o Domain Admin, Claim No. FA0704000967654 (NAF, June 18, 2007).

Ravensburger Aktiengellschaft v. delux befektetes c/o Lajos Kiss, Claim No. FA0703000933228 (NAF, April 24, 2007).

AMSOIL INC. v. Turvill Consultants, Claim No. FA0512000616726 (NAF, February 7, 2006), successfully arguing for the transfer of the domain name amsoiloil.com to AMSOIL INC.

Chester L. Krause v. Krause Publications, Inc., Cancellation No. 92041171 (T.T.A.B., Nov. 18, 2005), In one of the few citable decisions of 2005, the TTAB granted the petition for cancellation under Section 2 (c) of the Trademark Act.

Quoted

IP Law and Business, January 1, 2009, quoted in Cruel and Unusual Punishment? Audio equipment company Bose's appeal to the Federal Circuit is the first in line protesting a TTAB decision following Medinol regarding trademarks that have been canceled for reason of fraud.

Protecting Voss WaterMinnesota Law & Politics (August/September 2008)

Star Tribune, March 18, 2007, quoted in Wyoming is fixin' to fight over its pony regarding copyright and trademark issues with sports teams.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, September 8, 2006, quoted in Merchant & Gould trademark lawyers excel at marketing featuring the Merchant & Gould Trademark Group and their marketing techniques.

Upsize Magazine, April 2006, quoted in Good Fences: Even Companies Without 'Special Sauce' Can Protect Their Brand regarding methods for stopping online trademark infringements.

National Oil & Lube News, March 2006, quoted in Chevron Moves to Protect Xpress Lube Name regarding the importance of registering a trademark.

Inc. Magazine, November 2005, quoted in Tough Questions, Smart Answers Ask Inc. on the topic of rights of competitor trademarks.


MEDIA CENTER

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Press Releases
2/17/16
Andrew Ehard Named 2016 Client Choice Award Winner
Merchant & Gould is delighted to announce that attorney Andrew Ehard has received a Client Choice Award from Lexology for the third year in a row. Andy is the exclusive winner of the Client Choice Awards 2016 Intellectual Property – Trademarks category ...
Press Releases
2/23/15
Andrew Ehard Named 2015 “Client Choice” Award Winner
Merchant & Gould is proud to announce that Andrew Ehard, a partner with the firm, is a recipient of the 2015 Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property-Trademarks Minnesota.The Client Choice Award recognizes partners worldwide for excellent client service ...
Press Releases
1/11/13
Merchant & Gould Attorneys Andrew S. Ehard and Scott W. Johnston Named to World Trademark Review's WTR 1000
Intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould today announced that two attorneys from its trademark practice were named to World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000, the first and only stand-alone ranking publication to focus exclusively on trademark practices ...
Press Releases
10/1/12
Twelve Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2013 Best Lawyers in America
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 12 of the firm’s attorneys are named by their peers in The Best Lawyers in America 2013® (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Merchant & Gould ...
Press Releases
5/10/10
Merchant & Gould Ranked Top Trademark Firm in the Region by Trademark Insider®
Attorney Andrew S. Ehard Named Among Top 50 Trademark Filers Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce it was ranked the top Minneapolis law firm for trademark filings in 2009, according to Trademark Insider. Nationally, ...
Press Releases
1/5/09
Merchant & Gould Names Five New Partners in Denver and Minneapolis
Intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that it has named Andrew Ehard, Karen Fitzsimmons, Robert Kalinsky, Greg Leibold and Rachel Zimmerman as partners at the firm.At the firm's Minneapolis office, Andrew Ehard specializes ...
Press Releases
12/2/08
Merchant & Gould Named Top Trademark Filer In National Ranking
Andrew S. Ehard Included Among Top 50 Trademark Attorneys in United States December 2, 2008 – Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the top trademark law firms in the United States with 254 applications filed ...
Press Releases
11/13/08
11 Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2009 Rising Stars by Super Lawyers®
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 11 of the firm's attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars by their peers according to the Super Lawyers® organization.The Rising Stars selected from Merchant & Gould ...
Press Releases
1/1/08
M&G Ranks as a Top Trademark Filer for 2007 Third Quarter
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, announced that it has been named as one of the top trademark filers in the United States and that Andrew Ehard has been named as one of the top individual filers in a recent Trademark Insider report. ...
Articles
4/11/07
Best Practices For Protection And Clearance Of Works
Articles
2/1/07
Best ways to select and protect your brands
Articles
1/30/07
Industry Standards
Click here to read article co-authored by Christopher J. Schulte and Andrew S. Ehard
Press Releases
1/1/07
Merchant & Gould Promotes Johnson and Ehard in Minneapolis
Intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that it has promoted Thomas Johnson and Andrew Ehard of the Minneapolis office as partners at the firm.Thomas Johnson's practice emphasizes patent and trademark litigation. He has ...
Articles
4/3/06
Good fences: Even companies without ‘special sauce’ can protect their brand
Click here to read article featuring an interview with Andy Ehard and Chris Schulte in Upsizemag.com