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Prominent Patent & IP Attorneys Join Winthrop & Weinstine

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – January 31, 2012
. Devan V. Padmanabhan, Sri K. Sankaran, Paul J. Robbennolt, Michelle E. Dawson, Brett A. Klein and Nathan J. Witzany have joined the Intellectual Property department at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. The six attorneys previously practiced at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

“We are thrilled with the addition of these attorneys to the firm. Their experience, commitment to client service, and entrepreneurial energy are exactly the right fit for the firm now and for the future growth of the firm and our clients,” said Scott Dongoske, firm president. “These attorneys are among Minnesota’s leading IP attorneys, and their experience and relationships add tremendous depth to our growing Intellectual Property department.”

Mr. Padmanabhan is a patent litigator with over 18 years of experience in patent litigation and patent portfolio management, and has handled cases for clients with national and international needs. He has represented clients such as Cargill and Fair Isaac Corporation, and has handled cases in trial and on appeal to the Federal Court. He is known nationally for his knowledge of software patent laws. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at Hamline Law School.

Mr. Sankaran is a trial attorney with over 20 years of experience litigating patent and other intellectual property cases. He has handled patent infringement cases across a broad range of technologies, including software, communication networks, pharmaceuticals, and nutritional supplements. He has also litigated copyright, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition matters. He has represented such clients as Soft-Gel Technologies and Cargill. He also joins the firm as a shareholder.

Mr. Robbennolt is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on patent, trademark, trade secret, and antitrust litigation matters. He has represented clients such as Nonin Medical, Osteotech, and NetCurrents Information Services. He joins the firm as an associate.

Ms. Dawson practices in the areas of patent litigation, patent prosecution and patent portfolio management. She is a graduate of University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude. In addition, she holds a M.S. in health services, research, policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Klein’s practice focuses on patents in a wide array of mechanically related technologies. A registered professional engineer, Mr. Klein also works with emerging companies to help develop and implement their patent strategies, as well as mature companies in managing complex patent portfolios.

Mr. Witzany’s practice covers many areas of intellectual property, particularly with regard to patents and patent prosecution. He focuses on computer-related devices and software, data storage technologies, medical devices, mechanical devices and business methods.

About Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Winthrop & Weinstine is a responsive, dynamic corporate business and commercial litigation law firm focused on building strong client relationships through shared values and commitment to excellence.

Recently, Winthrop & Weinstine acquired several Minnesota patent attorneys to strengthen its Patent group that already included Jeffrey R. Stone, Daniel J. Kelly, and Susan A. Perera. Devan V. Padmanabhan, Sri K. Sankaran, Paul J. Robbennolt, Michelle E. Dawson, Brett A. Klein and Nathan J. Witzany were previously attorneys in the Patent group at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

A “Top 10 Law Firm” in Minnesota, with 102 attorneys in over 25 practice areas, the firm’s clients experience responsive, service-driven attorneys who passionately champion client issues, using innovation rather than outmoded tradition and creativity rather than standard formulas. The firm enjoys steady growth by meeting the diverse needs of its clients, ranging from individuals and emerging-growth businesses to Fortune 500 companies in an impressive array of industries throughout Minnesota, nationally and internationally.
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