Gregory A. Sebald

150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4728
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Karen Nejedly
D: 612.336.4647

Providing quality work that fulfills his clients' needs: Greg's practice is both that simple and that complex. He enjoys getting to know his clients' businesses so he can truly partner with them, discussing not just individual patents, but how those patents fit into the company's overall business strategy.

Greg practices Intellectual Property law with an emphasis on client counseling on patent and copyright matters. His practice includes developing domestic and international Intellectual Property portfolios and strategies for effective and economical protection, with a goal of giving his clients a strategic advantage in the marketplace.

He also chairs the firm's Copyright and Entertainment Law Committee and provides counseling for acquisition and enforcement of rights for art, music, publishing, licensing, and related legal matters. Greg has extensive experience in U.S. and international patent prosecution in mechanical and electro- mechanical areas and in designs.

At Merchant & Gould, Greg serves on the Benefits Committee. He provides pro bono copyright counsel for select nonprofits.

Greg is an avid sports fan who loves to watch college and professional basketball and Twins baseball with his two boys. He also tries to be a Vikings fan.


Minnesota State Bar, 1988
    Past chair, Art and Entertainment Section
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1988


University of Minnesota
J.D., 1988
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1985

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
    Past chair, Copyright Committee
Minnesota State Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

Judicial AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
America’s Most Honored Lawyers
Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2003-2008
Top 40 IP Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics Marquis Who's Who
Legal 500

Publications & Speaking


Speaker, AIPPI World Congress, Cancun, Mexico, A balancing act-copyright versus other rights, September 24, 2018

Speaker at LES (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc., Montreal Chapter Meeting on the topic Using the March 16, 2013 Transition Date of the US Patent Reform Act to your Advantage, January 28, 2013

Intellectual Property Today - Supreme Court's Inducement Theory in Grokster Creates Uncertainty, August 2005

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association Panelist - Open Forum Discussion of the Grokster Decision, July 2005

A&E CLE - Pursuing and Protecting the Rights of Celebrities (and everyone else), May 2005

Minnesota Law & Politics Super Lawyer, 2003-2006   

AIPLA Road Show Advanced Copyright Seminar Moderator, June 2003

Georgia Magazine Publishers, The Legal Issues Most Likely to Get a Web Publisher in Trouble, May 2002

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education - Turn Your Radio On, May 2002

The Licensing Journal - The Supreme Court Clarifies Electronic Rights For Freelancers And Publishers, April 2002

AIPLA Road Show 2001 Electronic Rights of Freelance Authors, June 2001

Interview on WCCO Radio discussing MP3 copyright lawsuit, September 2000

Interview on WCCO Radio discussing Napster copyright lawsuit, July 2000

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, Issues in New Product Introduction, June 1999

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Law Talk, April 1999

Interview on KMSP Television discussing Jesse Ventura Right of Publicity, February 1999

Interview on KARE Television discussing Jesse Ventura Right of Publicity, February 1999

Patent Expert Witness, Surefeed vs. Streamfeeder, June 1998

Motus Humanus, Fundamentals of Copyright and Trademark Protection, June 1997

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Course Chair, The Legal Arena of Art & Entertainment Law, April 1997

Interview in Minneapolis StarTribune discussing O.J. Simpson trial and lawyers in the media, April 1997

University of Minnesota Law School, Patent Law Practice Panel, October 1996

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Moderator, CD-ROM Products, Art & Entertainment Law in the Digital Age, April 1996

University of Wisconsin-Stout, Intellectual Property Fundamentals, October 1995

Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, Intellectual Property Law Fundamentals, September 1995

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, Recent Proposed Changes in Copyright Law, June 1995

Minnesota State Bar Association, GATT and NAFTA Changes to Intellectual Property Law, April 1995,

Minnesota CLE, Art & Entertainment Law Section – September 1994 Fall Seminar, Scandal, Immorality and Unfair Use (in Trademark and Copyrights)


Supreme Court's Inducement Theory in Grokster Creates Uncertainty, Intellectual Property Today, August 2005


Lawyers Weigh In On Supreme Court’s Aereo Ruling, IP Law360, June 26, 2014

YouTube Lawsuit Emerges In Grokster's Shadow by Erik Larson, IP Law360, July 19, 2006


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