John P. Olson

Associate Attorney
150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4625
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Judy Schmidt
D: 612.336.4736


John P. Olson is a dedicated trademark associate with Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis, MN office. With previous experience as a strategic partner for Fortune 500 companies, John now serves businesses as a trusted legal advisor, helping them protect their brands and assets from infringement and other unfair practices.

Protecting You & Your Assets From Trademark Infringement

John focuses his legal practice on protecting businesses from trademark infringement. This includes working with the USPTO for trademark clearance and searching as well as filing oppositions and cancellation proceedings.

His legal experience ranges from protecting brands against counterfeit goods to those fighting against infringement via social media or online content. From trademark prosecution and enforcement to litigation, John works diligently to protect you and your assets.

Partnering With a Wide Range of Industries

Throughout his experience thus far, John has supported businesses in a wide range of unique industries, including consumer products, automotive and powersports, internet products, and media and entertainment. He understands the importance of all businesses having adequate legal protection, so he does what it takes to serve all. 

Your Company’s Trusted Legal Advisor

John’s mission is to be your company’s trusted legal advisor. His experience includes years of work as a strategic partner for large corporations at Forrester Research as well as a rotational associate at a global financial services company in Boston, MA.

John now works with businesses both large and small. Whether your business is in need of brand strategy, trademark prosecution, trademark enforcement, or advice related to other intellectual property matters, he is here to support you.

John received his Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Management from Dickinson College and his J.D. Cum Laude from Roger Williams University School of Law. During law school, John worked as a law clerk for Merchant & Gould and a Massachusetts-based civil litigation law firm, as well as a Teaching Assistant for his Contracts and Legal Writing law professors. He also dedicated time to being a Sub-Committee Chair for the ABA Intellectual Property Law Trademark Legislation Committee from 2019 to 2020.

In his spare time, John enjoys downhill skiing, playing tennis and traveling. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and family while trying new restaurants throughout the Twin Cities and beyond.


Roger Williams University School of Law
     J.D., cum laude, 2021


Dickinson College
     B.A., International Business & Management, 2014