Taylor R. Stemler

Associate Attorney
150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.371.5215

Taylor Stemler is an associate attorney with Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis, Minnesota office. As a registered patent attorney, Taylor focuses his practice on both patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation.

From inventors to businesses, Taylor helps his clients secure patent protection and assert their rights over their intellectual property. He primarily serves the mechanical and electrical industries. Yet, Taylor prides himself on having a broad technical knowledge base, allowing him to straddle multiple industries at once to develop the best legal solutions for his clients.

From Experienced Engineer to IP Attorney

Before becoming an attorney, Taylor worked as a Biomedical Engineer for a Minnesota-based medical device company. During this time, he developed innovative solutions to technical problems, collaborating with the company’s patent counsel to file for patent protection on these ideas. 

Working with an attorney as an inventor provided Taylor the insight to appreciate his clients’ unique needs. Now on the other side of the table, Taylor understands the pressures and constraints facing inventors when it comes to pushing their innovations out into the world.

To best serve his clients, Taylor is always thinking ahead, so he can come to the legal table prepared. Using his technical background and passion for knowledge, Taylor works to understand the intricacies of each invention and idea to maximize the value he provides to his clients.

Solving Legal Challenges With a Broad Perspective

Taylor is a summa cum laude graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Mitchell Hamline Law Review. In addition, Taylor authored an award-winning paper on construction law and scored the highest grades in his class in subjects ranging from torts, contracts, civil procedure, patent law, and IP appellate practice.

Pulling from this broad base, Taylor brings a diverse skillset that goes far beyond understanding the legal challenges of patent law. And as a result, he doesn’t approach legal issues from a narrow point of view. Instead, he looks at the bigger picture, developing legal strategies that support businesses now and in the future.

Dedicated to Building Relationships With Clients

Beyond delivering solid legal advice and strategy, Taylor is dedicated to building relationships with his clients. As a communicator, he enjoys getting to know his clients, so he can better understand their needs and business objectives.

Throughout law school, Taylor authored several papers on patent law and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Federal Bar Association’s Harry A. Sieben Award, Mitchell Hamline’s Patent Law Certificate, and the Minnesota Justice Foundation’s recognition of public service.

During this time, he was also a judicial extern for the US District Court of Minnesota, the President of the Student IP Law Association, and a member of the Federal Bar Association.

As an Eagle Scout, Taylor’s favorite pastimes include spending time in the great outdoors with his friends and family. He enjoys canoeing, skiing, mountain biking, camping and windsurfing. 


Mitchell Hamline School of Law
J.D., summa cum laude, 2021
Mitchell Hamline Law Review, Associate Editor-in-Chief
Patent Law Certificate

University of Minnesota
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2017


U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2021
Minnesota State Bar, 2021
United States Patent & Trademark Office, 2021

Awards & Recognition

Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter’s Harry A. Sieben Award, 2021
Eagle Scout

Professional Affiliations

The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
The American Intellectual Property Law Association
TCDIP, Emerging Leaders Group


Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School
    Instructor of the Intellectual Property Moot Court Class, 2022


Publications & Speaking

Forcing Creativity, Vol. 12 of Cybaris, An Intellectual Property Law Review

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, IP Institute 2021 Annual Symposium, Exploring the Boundaries of Statutory Subject Matter (April 2021), Moderator (Subject: Patent Eligibility of Artificial Intelligence)

Covid-19 Forces Contractors to Examine AIA Agreements, Minnesota Bench & Bar (2021), Minnesota State Bar Association construction law writing competition first-place winner

Minor Advances, Major Consequences: Hatch-Waxman Administers Exclusivity for Drug Delivery Devices, Vol. 46 of the Mitchell Hamline Law Review

Empirically Determined Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Mechano-Adaptation Law, 2017 Journal of Biomedical Engineering Editor’s Choice Selection, 2017 Richard Skalak Award winner