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Devan V. Padmanabhan

If it’s about your business, it’s an important fight.

My Approach

When my clients come to me, it’s not necessarily about a patent related matter, though it’s usually a starting point – it’s about some external force that is negatively affecting their business, and they want my help handling it. I help my clients work through intellectual property matters that their business success rests upon, and develop strategic and creative solutions in partnership with them. Sometimes the matter demands litigation, and I love the fight, but I also advise clients on alternative solutions to their problems when it makes business sense.

I strongly believe in my clients’ ownership rights of their intellectual property as innovators, and work night and day to make sure it is protected. In addition, for my generic pharmaceutical clients, I am passionate about their mission to increase availability of healing, and sometimes life-saving drugs, to our population.

I am a member of the Board of Directors of Winthrop & Weinstine and have served as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline Law School. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, golfing, and spending time with my family.

A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career

When I first got into the patent department in my first firm out of law school, I had decided I was going to focus on prosecution; I wasn’t interested in litigation. After I had been working for a few months, a client, First Bank bought a chain of banks called Metropolitan Federal Banks – the day after the purchase, they were sued for trademark infringement in seven states. The head of the trial department walked into my office and asked me to work on the case. I had piles of patent files I was working on at the time; he picked them up, took them to the attorney next door, and gave them all to him. The Department head could have picked either one of us, but this time he picked me. I worked probably from 6 a.m. until 1 a.m. every day for the next three months, essentially flipping the bank upside down and reading every document. When that case finished, I was exhausted, and my wife asked me if I was going to tell the firm I didn’t want to do it. But I couldn’t – I loved it, it was the best thing that ever happened. I’ve been a litigator ever since.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

Recommended in Intellectual Property

Chambers USA, 2017

Local Litigation Star

Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2018

The Best Lawyers in America©

Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2015-2018
Litigation - Patent, 2015-2018

IP Star

Managing IP, 2013-2017

Minnesota Super Lawyers®


Attorney of the Year

Minnesota Lawyer, 2013

Matteucci Technical Excellence Award Honorable Mention

"The ROI of IP," 2012 Web Coating & Handling Conference

Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Intellectual Property Committee, 2016

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Federal Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association