Laura L. Hupp

150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.766.6011
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Laura is an experienced patent attorney at Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis office. She focuses on chemical and life science intellectual property law. For five years, she has used her unique background in biotechnology and software patenting to assist her clients in understanding the patent process and how it relates to science.

Understanding the languages of biotechnology, software and patents, she translates between them all, streamlining the patent process for inventors and start-ups.

Serving the Inventor, the Biotechnology Industry and the Small Business

Laura works with inventors of software, biotechnology software developers and small businesses who strive to patent their products. In these areas, she focuses on preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications. Laura’s experience includes patents for:

  • Genetically modified plants
  • Animal vaccines
  • Industrial cleaning and sanitizing products
  • Smartphone applications
  • Data analytics software

Laura understands that the patent process is grueling, often unknown to those who’ve never experienced it before. With her experience, she skillfully guides inventors, developers and businesses through the process, providing clarity and reassurance. Laura has been involved in several notable patent prosecutions in categories such as consumer goods, chemical and software.

Leading With a Unique Combination of Necessary Technical Skills

Laura’s background sets her apart from the rest. With a formal education in biochemistry and molecular biology and work experience in software patenting, the three languages of biotechnology, software and patents come together into a unique combination of necessary technical skill.

During her time in law school, Laura assisted researchers at the University of Iowa Research Foundation in commercializing their inventions and to raise funding for spin-out companies. Also involved in biology studies during graduate school, she studied molecular biology, immunology, genetics, and gene and cell therapy. Her expertise in biology and law is invaluable to biotechnology and software patents alike.

As a client, you don’t need to search for an attorney for each facet of your patent. Instead, Laura handles all patent matters from start to finish. Streamlined services, lower financial cost and a lower time involvement are all benefits of taking advantage of Laura’s expertise. Her strategy involves the assistance of Merchant and Gould, a large team working together towards your business goals.

Farm Girl Turned Lawyer, With an Artistic Flair

You always wonder who the person behind the practice is. With Laura, there’s no wondering. An open book, she does her best to be as flexible, easy going and laid back as possible. This approach likely stems from her childhood growing up on a farm, where she learned many of the values she carried with her today. Initially drawn to science and biotech, Laura eventually was pulled toward intellectual property law. She’s never looked back.

Her free time is full of activity, from participating in triathlons to painting of all forms, from watercolor to acrylic. Her evenings are filled with super nerdy conversations with her wife, who happens to be a trademark attorney.


University of Iowa College of Law
   J.D. 2014

Baylor College of Medicine
   M.S. Biomedical Science, 2010

Simpson College
   B.A. Biochemistry and Music, 2008


Minnesota, 2017
Iowa, 2015
Missouri, 2014
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2014

Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)

Awards & Recognition

Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2020
Best Oral Argument: Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition, 2014
Midwest Champion and Best Appellate Brief: Giles Rich Patent Moot Court Competition, 2013


All Media
Stories of Innovation: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Intellectual Property
Please join LCLD Alumni and current program participants from Merchant & Gould in a panel discussion about how businesses can be prepared for sudden changes in the market and capitalize on their innovations.Topics of discussion include:1. How Covid-19 ...
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Minnesota Lawyer Recognizes Two Merchant & Gould Team Members
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that two members of its Minneapolis team were recognized by Minnesota Lawyer for their hard work, talent and dedication.  Laura Hupp, associate, was named “Up & Coming Attorney” for her commitment ...
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Laura Hupp Named to Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that attorney Laura Hupp has been selected as members of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 2018 Class of Pathfinders.“It’s a well-deserved honor for Laura to be ...
Chainbreaker Charity Ride
Congratulations to Merchant & Gould’s team that participated in the 2nd annual Chainbreaker charity bike ride on Aug. 10, in support of life-saving cancer research at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center. The ride started in ...
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Merchant & Gould Hires Three Associates in Minneapolis
Merchant & Gould is pleased to welcome new associate attorneys Laura L. Hupp, Joseph W. Dubis, Ph.D., and Elisabeth K. Muirhead to its Minneapolis office. Laura Hupp, previously from McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C. of Des Moines, Iowa, and Shook, ...