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The Valspar Company v. Gao Ping, Claim Number: FA0809001226468 (November 18, 2008).

Mason Companies, Inc. v. Leroy Chan, Claim No. FA0807001216166 (September 4, 2008).

International Theatres Corporation v. Whois ID Theft Protection c/o Domain Admin, Claim No. FA0704000967654 (NAF, June 18, 2007).

Ravensburger Aktiengellschaft v. delux befektetes c/o Lajos Kiss, Claim No. FA0703000933228 (NAF, April 24, 2007).


  • District of Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2005
  • Virginia State Bar, 1997
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1997

International Trademark Association (INTA), 2000-present
INTA Trademark Office Practices Committee
    Examination Guidelines Subcommittee, 2006-2007
Classification Subcommittee, 2004-2005

Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association, 2000-2004
Virginia State Bar, 1997-present
Intellectual Property Law Section – Virginia Bar, 1999-2000

2021 Client Choice Award Winner
BTI Client Service All-Star, 2020
Who’s Who Legal – Global Leader: Trademarks, 2019 – 2021
Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property – Trademarks – Minnesota, USA & Canada by Lexology, 2014-2021
Best Lawyers in America by The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2024
Selected as one of The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals by WTR 1000, 2012-2021
Best Lawyers in Minnesota by Minnesota Monthly and The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2016
Top Trademark Attorney by CSC’s Trademark Insider, 2007-2010
Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Rising Stars, 2008-2009

Moderator, Lean and Mean—Are You Effectively Managing Your Global IP Practice?, INTA Roundtable (March 26, 2015)

Best Practices For Protection and Clearance of Works, IP Law360 (April 11, 2007)

How to do Due Diligence on an Idea, Upsize Magazine (April 2007)

Trademarks: Best Practice for Selecting and Protecting Brands, @Law Magazine (Spring 2007)

Best Ways to Select and Protect Your Brands, Upsize Magazine (February 2007)

Industry Standards, Private Label Magazine, co-authored, (January/February 2007

IP and the Internet – A Growing Need to Police Online Content, (June 26, 2003)

The Trademark Insider, Co-editor (2002-2004)

NameProtect Trademark and Domain Name News, Chief Editor (2001-2004)

New International Classes to Arrive in 2002, NameProtect Trademark and Domain Name News (November 2001)

Trademark Considerations in Selecting Your Brands, The Best Ideas in Business – Edition 113 (October 2001)

Helpful Hints for Registering Trademarks Composed of Domain Names, NameProtect Trademark and Domain Name News (June 2001)

International Trademark Registration Developments: The United States Moves to Adopt the Madrid Protocol, NameProtect Trademark and Domain Name News (May 2001)

Bush’s Proposed 2002 Budget Slashes USPTO Funding, NameProtect Trademark and Domain Name News (April 2001)

Tips and Best Practices for USPTO TESS Searching, Roundtable, January 20, 2009

Fraud In the Prosecution of Trademark Cases Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office -Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association, November 20th, 2008

Product Configuration Registration and Enforcement Schemes – A Global Perspective. IPO Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, September 2008

Trademark Basics, presented with Chris Schulte as webcast for 2007 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, September 26, 2007

Effective Trademark Search Strategies for Canada & the United States, presented at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Spring Meeting, 2007 in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Clearance and Protection of Your Literary Works, presented at Hatchfest 2006 Film Festival in Bozeman, Montana, October 5, 2006
Working with Trademark Examining Attorneys: Two Insiders Tell All. Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, Faculty, September 2006

Are We Speaking the Same Language? A Comparison of Canadian, U.S. and Community Trademark Law. INTA Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, 2006

Intellectual Property and the Arts, presented at Hatchfest 2005 Film Festival in Bozeman, Montana, October 7-8, 2005

Moderated INTA Table Topic titled Practical Tips For Electronic Filing With The USPTO, May 18, 2005

Moderated INTA Roundtable on the topic of Counterfeiting and Grey Market Goods, January 18, 2005

Trademark Clearance and the Madrid Protocol, September 9, 2003, (Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago)

Trademark Clearance – Current and Future Best Practices, September 2002, (California Bar Association CLE)

Trademark Prosecution – The Examiner’s Perspective, February 2002 (Wisconsin CLE)


IP Law and Business, January 1, 2009, quoted in Cruel and Unusual Punishment? Audio equipment company Bose’s appeal to the Federal Circuit is the first in line protesting a TTAB decision following Medinol regarding trademarks that have been canceled for reason of fraud.

Protecting Voss Water, Minnesota Law & Politics (August/September 2008)

Star Tribune, March 18, 2007, quoted in Wyoming is fixin’ to fight over its pony regarding copyright and trademark issues with sports teams.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, September 8, 2006, quoted in Merchant & Gould trademark lawyers excel at marketing featuring the Merchant & Gould Trademark Group and their marketing techniques.

Upsize Magazine, April 2006, quoted in Good Fences: Even Companies Without ‘Special Sauce’ Can Protect Their Brand regarding methods for stopping online trademark infringements.

National Oil & Lube News, March 2006, quoted in Chevron Moves to Protect Xpress Lube Name regarding the importance of registering a trademark.

Inc. Magazine, November 2005, quoted in Tough Questions, Smart Answers Ask Inc. on the topic of rights of competitor trademarks.