Paige S. Stradley

She / Her / Hers
150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4671
1801 California Street, Suite 3300
Denver, CO 80202
D: 303.357.1660
Contact My Assistant
Carol Hough
D: 612.371.5257

Paige is an intellectual property attorney at Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis office. She handles a range of IP litigation involving patents (utility and design), copyrights, trademark, trade dress and false advertising disputes.  

Paige works to first understand her clients—who they are and what they need to succeed.  From there, she uses her experience to create custom-fit strategies to help her clients achieve their short- and long-term goals. 


With both short- and long-term goals in mind, Paige will work with you to develop strategies that proactively avoid litigation or that use litigation as a tool to further your business objectives and protect your technologies, brands, designs, and competitive edge.  She provides ongoing insight into how legal issues affect your day-to-day business while always keeping an eye on your budget and overarching business needs.

Business-Minded Enforcement and False Advertising Services

Paige also works with a wide range of companies across industries on trademark, trade dress, and design patent enforcement and false advertising issues. Her experience runs the gamut—from assessment of brand protection and risks upon expansion into new areas, to domain name disputes, to preventative analysis and review of designs and marketing and advertising campaigns, and more.  In each instance, Paige aims to provide practical advice and a clear analysis of the risks and benefits of actions so you can make informed and strategic decisions that align with your goals.  


Paige volunteers on the firm’s Diversity Committee and with organizations within the community that she believes in. At home, you’ll find her keeping active by running and playing tennis. She is also an avid traveler and a loyal Hoosier basketball fan (despite several frustrating seasons of late).

Representative Cases

  • Secured a $3 million jury verdict in favor of Proformance Manufacturing, Inc. in a case involving patented window technology.
  • Served as co-first chair for a generic pharmaceutical manufacturer in patent infringement dispute, resulting in invalidation of three of the brand holder’s patents—one prior to trial under § 101 and two at trial on multiple grounds.
  • Obtained dismissal of multiple trade dress claims and false advertising claims relating to “Made in the USA” and invalidated competitor patents on summary judgment for HVAC control manufacturer.
  • Secured payment of lost profits for all past sales and a consent judgment that included an injunction and admission of validity for the Toro lighting company in design patent case.
  • Represented company in design patent dispute relating to thermoformed plastic packaging, namely bowls and lids for storing food products for display and use in supermarkets.
  • Represented company in trade dress dispute relating to beverage packaging design.
  • Represented Ecolab in patent infringement litigation relating to a method of monitoring the cleaning of surfaces.
  • Represented True Value by enforcement of its trademark in numerous forums, from federal court to UDRP proceedings.


University of Minnesota
J.D., magna cum laude, 2012

Miami University
B.A., Chemistry & Environmental Science, magna cum laude, 2009


Minnesota State Bar
District of Minnesota
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association
Former Board Member of the Federal Bar Association – MN Chapter
Board Member of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
    Chair, Millennial Engagement Committee
    Legal Committee

Intellectual Property Inn of Court – MN Chapter
The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
    Founding Member

Awards & Recognition

Selected as by Best Lawyers in America: One to Watch, 2021-2023

Selected as Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer, 2019

Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2019-2020

Merchant & Gould Pro Bono Award, 2016

Publications & Speaking


What Features Matter in a Design Patent Case?, Law360, co-authored with Thomas Leach, February 2015

A New Dimension In IP Law: 3-D Printing, Law360, co-authored with George C. Lewis, April 16, 2014

A new dimension for IP law: 3D printing, Minnesota Lawyer, co-authored with George C. Lewis, March 13, 2014

Enhanced Duty of Candor Before the PTO, Today's General Counsel, co-authored with Rob Kalinsky, Oct/Nov 2013

The Enhanced Duty Of Candor Before The Patent Office, Law360, co-authored with Rob Kalinsky, April 24, 2013

FBA Government Relations Committee Continues to Pursue the Interests of the Federal Judiciary and the Federal Courts on Capitol Hill, Bar Talk, March 27, 2013

A Vivid Reminder, Bar Talk, December 18, 2012

United States District Court, Minnesota Chapter of the FBA and Open World Leadership Center Host Delegation of Ukrainian Leaders, Bar Talk, December 12, 2012


All Media
CAFC Vacates Preliminary Injunction Issued without Proper Notice
CAFC Reverses Holding of Contempt for Violation of a Protective Order
CAFC Affirms Denial of Preliminary Injunction
CAFC Holds Certain Threats of Suit Can Be Enough to Establish Personal Jurisdiction
CAFC Affirms PTAB’s Finding that Reference Is Prior Art Based on Evidence Submitted in Reply
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Attorneys names by Best Lawyers as The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2021 Edition. 
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2021 Edition. These awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding ...
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Announces 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Minnesota
Congratulations to nine Merchant & Gould attorneys in the Minneapolis office who have been named 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers, distinguishing themselves in their legal practice.  Only the lawyers in the top 5 percent of the total lawyers in the state ...
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Promotes Five Attorneys to Partners in Three Offices
Merchant & Gould promoted five attorneys in three of its offices around the country, celebrating the ongoing hard work and perseverance of its team. Effective July 1, 2020, the promotions include Alpaslan Sapmaz, Julie K. Skoge and Paige S. Stradley in ...
On the Cutting Edge: Updates on Patent Law, Data Privacy, and E-Commerce
3-Minute Case Summaries: A fast-paced and energetic update on recent case law developments important to patent litigation from ten select cases. Brand Protection Update: Hear an update on trends and cases related to online brand protection, including ...
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis Team Wins Pro Bono Case, Protecting Minnesota Rivers from Phosphorus Pollution
Congratulations to Merchant & Gould’s pro bono team -- Paige Stradley, attorney; Michael Erbele, attorney; Kristin Drieman, litigation paralegal; and Anne-Marie Larkin, legal assistant -- for their work around environmental issues and pollution.  ...
CyberWorld: Bringing Business and IP Strategies Together
M&G is pairing with CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) to showcase methods of integrating business and intellectual property to develop a balanced intellectual property portfolio that protects the bottom line.  The seminar has CLE credit for attorneys, ...
White Papers
Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc.
Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc.: Eligibility of Design Features for Copyright ProtectionIn Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., 580 U.S. _____ (2017), the Supreme Court determined that two-dimensional designs appearing on the surface ...
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Team Takes First Place in 2016 Twin Cities 5K Corporate Team Challenge
A group of Merchant & Gould professionals took home the first-place prize for the fastest team in the 2016 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon 5K Corporate Team Challenge. In Minnesota, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon race series brings 25,000 runners ...
White Papers
Supreme Court Rules Tacking is an Issue for the Jury
A unanimous Supreme Court ruled on January 21, 2015, that the question of whether the doctrine of trademark tacking applies is factual and generally decided by the fact-finder—and in most cases, the jury. “Tacking” allows a trademark owner ...
White Papers
SAP America, Inc. v. Versata Development Group, Inc.: PTAB Invalidates Claims in Its First Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents – But Not Because of the Prior Art
In its first ruling under the newly implemented American Invents Act (AIA) Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidated Versata’s 6,553,350 (‘350) patent.  In reaching its decision, ...
The Enhanced Duty Of Candor Before The Patent Office
Click here, to read article co-authored by Paige Stradley and Rob Kalinsky