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Bradley J. Walz

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Education
University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., 2004
University of St. Thomas, B.S., Business Economics, 2001
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Experience
Mr. Walz is a shareholder in Winthrop & Weinstine’s intellectual property group.  He primarily represents technology companies on a broad range of complex and strategic legal and business matters relating to cloud computing, software development and distribution, open source software, and data security and privacy, including counseling clients on a data breach incident and use of personally identifiable information, and drafting privacy policies that comply with the U.S. – E.U. Safe Harbor Framework. He is experienced in all aspects of trademark and copyright law, and assists with trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and with trademark, unfair competition, copyright, and cybersquatting litigation in federal district court.  Prior to joining Winthrop & Weinstine, Mr. Walz interned with the Honorable Richard H. Kyle, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2004
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2011
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2014


Publications & Presentations
Speaker. "Effective Use of Surveys in Trademark Litigation in 2014." The Knowledge Group. 21 August 2014.

Guest lecturer. "Advanced Trademark Law." William Mitchell College of Law. 2014.

Panelist. "Trademark Infringement Remedies: Obtaining Compensatory and Enhanced Damages, Fees, and Injunctive Relief," Webinar. Strafford Publications. 9 Jan. 2014.

Author. "Top Ten UDRP Decisions for 2012-2013." Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2012 MN: Minnesota CLE, 2013. 

Guest lecturer. "Copyrights in Commercial Transactions." University of St. Thomas School of Law. 2013.

Panelist. "Trademark Infringement Remedies: Overcoming the Challenges of Inconsistent Court Treatment to Protect IP Rights," Webinar. Strafford Publications. 16 Jan. 2013.

Co-Speaker. “Curbing Cybersquatting.” Minnesota CLE Webinar. 10 Dec. 2012.

Panelist. "Building a Constellation of Mentors." University of St. Thomas School of Law. 10 Oct. 2012.

Co-author. "Top Ten UDRP Decisions for 2011-2012." Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2012 MN: Minnesota CLE, 2012.

Panelist. "IP - What are my Options?" Savvy Entrepreneur Series. TiE Minnesota. 2012.

Qtd. Millard, Elizabeth. “Tech Toolkit: IT planning for the year ahead.” Finance & Commerce. 26 Dec. 2011.

Qtd. Thornton, Patrick. “Big debate over changes in IP law.” Minnesota Lawyer. 9 Dec. 2011.

Guest lecturer. "Intellectual Property Law." University of St. Thomas School of Law. 2011.

Co-Author. "Top Ten UDRP Decisions for 2010-2011." Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2011. MN: Minnesota CLE, 2011.

Author. “Open Source Software in the Cloud.” ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Newsletter. Winter 2011.

Panelist. "Moving to the Cloud." Forward 2011, FEI Twin Cities Chapter. 20 Sept. 2011.

Guest Lecturer. "The Legal Implications of Branding," Carlson School of Management - University of Minnesota, MBA Program. 2011.

Panelist. "IP - What are my Options?" Savvy Entrepreneur Series, TiE Minnesota. 2011.

Author. "What is a Trademark." Introduction to Trademark Law. Minnesota CLE Conference Center, Minneapolis. 2 Mar. 2011

Moderator. "Trademark Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions." Advanced Trademark Law. Minnesota CLE Conference Center, Minneapolis. 2 Mar. 2011.

Co-Author. "Top Ten UDRP Decisions for 2009-2010." Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2010. MN: Minnesota CLE, 2010.

Qtd. Hammerand, Jim. “In suit, microscope distributor says it’s being squeezed out.” Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. 30 July 2010: 4.

Qtd. Hammerand, Jim. “Finding a market’s sweet spot.” Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. 9 July 2010, Ventures sec.: 9+.

Source. "Intellectual Property." Upsize. Special Section. June/July 2010: 30+.

Author. “Enforcing Your Trademark Rights: Forget It (Maybe).” Law360. 9 May 2010. <http://ip.law360.com>.

Author. "Food for thought: some legal considerations when developing social media products." Blog post. TECHdotMN. 28 May 2010. Web. <http://tech.mn/>.

Author. "When engaging customers online take precautions." Upsize. April/May 2010.

Author. “Be Careful When Updating Your Firm’s Trademark.” Upsize. Dec 2009/Jan 2010.
Republished:
  • Upsize. June/July 2010.

Panelist. “Can't We Just Get Along? How to Resolve Trademark Disputes Through Co-Existence Agreements and Consents.” Midwest IP Institute. MN: Minnesota CLE, 2009.

Co-Author. “Top Ten UDRP Decisions for 2008-2009.” Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2009. MN: Minnesota CLE, 2009. 

Author. "The Looming Danger of Modernizing a Trademark." IpFrontline. Pantros IP, Inc., 11 Aug. 2009. Web. <http://www.ipfrontline.com>.

Moderator. "Managing Trademark Costs in a Down Economy - Opportunities and Obstacles for Brand Owners." INTA Roundtable, Minneapolis. 24 Apr. 2009. 

Speaker. "Creating Trademark Rights." Introduction to Trademark Law. Minnesota CLE Conference Center, Minneapolis. 5 Mar. 2009.

Co-author. “Top Ten Trademark Cases for 2008.” Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2008. MN: Minnesota CLE, 2008.

Guest Lecturer. "The Practice of Intellectual Property Law." University of St. Thomas School of Law. 2008.

Author. “Changes to the Trademark Rules of Practice: One Year Later.” ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Newsletter. Winter 2008.

Author. “Choosing Between a UDRP Proceeding and District Court to Resolve Domain Disputes.” ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Newsletter. Winter 2007.

Co-author. “Top Ten Trademark Cases for 2007.” Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2007. MN: Minnesota CLE, 2007.
 
Author. “Discovering the Lesser Known Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes to Resolve Intellectual Property Disputes.” ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Newsletter. Spring 2006.
Co-author. “Top Ten Trademark Cases for 2006.” Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2006. MN: Minnesota CLE, 2006.

Author. “Reforming the Premerger Review Process Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.” Florida State University College of Law, Fall 2005.

Community Involvement
  • International Trademark Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Mentor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law Alumni Board
    • Director, 2010-2012
  • Member, University of St. Thomas Class of 2001 Reunion Planning Committee

Honors & Awards
  • Minnesota Rising Stars, Super Lawyers®, 2011-2014
  • Society of the Arches, University of St. Thomas Alumni Association, Societas Arcus Award, 2012
  • Editorial Board, The Trademark Reporter, 2008-2010
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law ABA National Moot Court Competition
  • University of St. Thomas Dean's List

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Press Releases
Events
Cloud Computing
Brad Walz frequently writes and speaks on cloud computing and how it relates to intellectual property and licensing. Brad is an author on Winthrop & Weinstine's creativity and the law blog, DuetsBlog. Click on the links below to read his latest blog posts.

Now you see me, now you don’t
Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by Brad Walz
The European Union recently decided that people have a right to be forgotten. The “right to be forgotten” provides Internet users in Europe the advantage to demand the erasur...

Are you getting the most bang for your buck with online advertising?
Posted on May 30, 2014 by Brad Walz
Online advertising is unavoidable for most businesses given that large percentage of Americans spend a significant amount time in a day staring at a computer screen or glued ...

Has Jurisdiction Been Taken for Granted
Posted on Apr 25, 2014 by Brad Walz
Will the US Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler A.G. v. Bauman affect where a plaintiff can sue a defendant for trademark infringement? In general, plaintiff’s prefer to sue ...

U.S. Government Issues Cybersecurity Standards
Posted on Feb 18, 2014 by Brad Walz
The U.S. government released a final version of standards intended to help companies better defend against cyber attacks. The question remains whether the private sector will...

Restarting the Federal Data Privacy Law Engine
Posted on Jan 28, 2014 by Brad Walz
The recent data security breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus, and a few other retailers has been a catalyst to Congress restarting talks about a federal data privacy law. Curre...

Updated Data-Security Standards for Credit-Card Transactions
Posted on Oct 17, 2013 by Brad Walz
New security standards are scheduled to be released by the PCI Security Standards Council on November 7th. The updated standards are expected to require companies to protect ...

Will the D.C. Circuit Deliver the Final Blow to Net Neutrality
Posted on Sep 19, 2013 by Brad Walz
In 2008, the FCC determined that Comcast wrongfully slowed down the BitTorrent website to keep other Web traffic flowing. In 2010, the D.C. Circuit ruled in Comcast’s f...

Is it time to add cyber security insurance?
Posted on Aug 29, 2013 by Brad Walz
A recent study found that 31% of companies have cybersecurity insurance policies, while 39% planned to purchase a policy in the future. Ponemon Institute, a data privacy and ...

Privacy and Mobile Applications
Posted on Jul 24, 2013 by Brad Walz
If you develop or have a mobile application and think the limited space of mobile devices gives you a pass on privacy disclosures, think again. The Federal Trade Commission &...

Privacy Compliance = Transparency
Posted on Jun 27, 2013 by Brad Walz
Do you think that asking for a person’s zip code could ever result in a privacy violation? If your answer is no and you are collecting information from a resident of th...

 
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