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Paul J. Robbennolt

I love learning a new technology and applying the law to protect it.

My Approach

In my IP practice I represent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small and mid-sized companies in protecting their innovation and innovative technologies. I have a passion for helping my clients, and am able to combine trial skills with the understanding of the technical demands of patent and other intellectual property issues. I work first with clients to understand their business strategies and then apply my knowledge of technology and science to the legal aspects of the case. Ultimately, I love winning for my clients to help them get clearance to sell their products and do business, or to vindicate and enforce their intellectual property rights.

Working closely with inventors and other clients, together we develop creative strategies that take into account not only the details of the case and the law at hand, but also the business realities and goals of my clients.

Outside of the office, do whatever my kids want to do – which is a lot. We enjoy going to baseball games, and my son has taken up skiing, so I am learning to ski for the first time. I’m terrible, but at least I don’t fall down all the time anymore.

A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career

In my third year as an associate, I worked on a huge trade secret case. Up until then, as a general litigation associate, I was just working on whatever was asked of me. But while on that case, everything changed for me. It was partly because the subject matter was interesting, and I became invested in how inventors come up with technologies, and it was partly the appeal of the specialized set of rules, which I loved learning and working under. But that case made me realize that I wanted to be a patent litigator – some people like to be generalists, but I prefer to have a deep knowledge of a particular area, and that case solidified that for me.

Practice Areas

Associations & Memberships

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

University of Chicago Legal Forum

Staff and Editorial Board, 1991-1993

Hamline Law School

Adjunct Professor, Patent Law, 2006-present