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Clients choose Winthrop’s IP practice group because we have extensive experience that general practice firms don’t have, from drafting complex intellectual property transactions to protecting the full range of intellectual property assets.
—Michael T. Olsen
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Michael T. Olsen

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John Marshall Law School, LL.M, with honors, 1999
Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1998
University of Utah, B.S., 1991
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Michael T. Olsen is chair of the Technology & Intellectual Property Transactions group at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., and counsels clients in a variety of complex intellectual property and technology licensing matters. He assists in negotiating and drafting technology and software licenses and has expertise in the following areas:

  • Web site hosting and development agreements
  • Online terms and conditions of use policies
  • IP audits, policies and procedures
  • Software development, license and reseller agreements
  • Joint development agreements
  • Trade secret policies
  • Publishing agreements
  • Internet, computer and e-commerce transactions
  • IT outsourcing transactions
  • Trademark licensing
  • Sales, distribution and reseller agreements

Michael became a shareholder in 2007. Before joining the firm, he received a master of laws in intellectual property with honors and focused his practice in IP for five years at a Washington law firm. He has extensive international trademark and copyright experience and assists clients with a variety of e-commerce, software and technology licensing issues, including open source software and cloud computing issues. He also represents clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Michael serves small- to mid-size companies and large public corporations, including international entities based in the Americas and Europe. His industry knowledge includes outdoor/sports and recreation, food and beverage, technology, medical device, music and software. In addition to building the practice by mentoring IP associates in his group, he also speaks about technology and software licensing issues.  Michael has been recognized as an "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine from 2013-2017. 

Bar Admissions
Washington, 1999
Minnesota, 2004

Community Involvement
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Licensing Executives Society member, since 2009
  • Ronald McDonald House volunteer
  • Feed My Starving Children volunteer

Honors & Awards

  • Ranked as an "IP Star," Managing IP, 2013-2017
Articles & Presentations
Co-Presenter. "Protecting Bank Names and Logos as Service Marks." United Bankers' Bank Grand Event. 20 October 2017.
Co-Author. “The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Antitrust Guidelines for IP Licensing: A Primer.” The IP Book. Minnesota CLE. September 2017.
Co-speaker. “Copyright Enforcement and Protection of Medical Devices.” IP Bootcamp. University of Minnesota. 16 August 2017.

Speaker. "Copyrights." University of Minnesota. IP and Technology Proseminar, Spring 2017. 23 March 2017.

Panelist. "Mastering U.S. Trademark Registration Practice." Minnesota CLE. 16 February 2016.

IP Mentor. TiE Mentor Morning. 9 September 2014.

Qtd. Ewen, Beth. “To protect and exploit.” Upsize June/July 2011: 20.

Speaker. Intellectual Property Audits: Maximizing IP Assets. Strafford Publications, Minneapolis, MN. 2 Dec. 2010.

Speaker. “Actual Confusion in Trademark Infringement Cases.” Advance Trademark Law. St. Paul, MN. Minnesota CLE, 2010.

Author. "Top Ten Recent UDRP Decisions." The IP Book. 8th ed. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota CLE, 2010

Author. "Top Ten UDRP Decisions for 2008-2009." The IP Book. 7th ed. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota CLE 2009. 129-152.

Author. "Beware—There May be a Hidden Franchise Lurking in Your Trademark License." Weblog post. DuetsBlog. 9 May 2009. Web. <>.

Author. "Don’t Forget the Trademark License or You May be Caught Naked." Weblog post. DuetsBlog. 24 April 2009. Web. <>.

Author. "Top Ten Recent UDRP Decisions." The IP Book. 6th ed. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota CLE, 2008. 149-72.

Co-speaker. "Trademark Protection and Internet Advertising: Defending Against Threats from Online Searches, Website Metadata, and More." 2 Oct. 2008.

Speaker. "Trademarks in Business Transactions." INTA Roundtable. Minneapolis. 31 Jan. 2008.

Speaker. "The Case for Brand Extensions and Licensing Programs." Trademark Law 2007. Minneapolis. Mar. 2007.

Speaker. "Creative Solutions to Trademark Disputes - Drafting Settlement and Coexistence Agreements." INTA Roundtable. Minneapolis. 6 Oct. 2006.

Author. "Top Ten Trademark Decisions in 2005." The IP Book. 3rd ed. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota CLE 2005. 67-108.

Speaker. "Trademark Licensing for the annual Hot Topics in IP Licensing." Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, 2005.

Moderator. "Trademark Licensing Issues." International Trademark Association Roundtable. 2005.

Keynote speaker. "Enforcing and Protecting Trademark and Domain Names." Annual Conference of National Association of Churches and Institutional. 2004.

Author. "Top Ten Trademark Decisions 2003-2004." The IP Book. 2nd ed. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota CLE 2004. 61-86.
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