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Brent A. Lorentz

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Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2006
University of North Dakota, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 2003
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Brent Lorentz represents a diverse range of clients in complex litigation matters, as well as a number of other legal issues.  He has represented large corporations, small businesses, and individuals in disputes involving intellectual property, contracts and insurance, employment, securities, and even constitutional issues.  Brent has experience practicing in state and federal district courts, appeals courts, and arbitration forums.

In addition to thoughtful litigation advice and strong advocacy, Brent works with clients in pursuing long term solutions to prevent a lawsuit before it begins.  His varied education and legal experience allow him to see potential problems from different vantage points, and find creative solutions.

Brent has a personal passion for growing his practice within the video game, game development and gaming industry, especially where it intersects with intellectual property and business law. He can help clients with issues relating to ownership and infringement of intellectual property rights, as well as issues arising in the ordinary course of running a business.  As someone who has a deep knowledge across multiple generations of consoles and mobile/online gaming, Brent frequently blogs about gaming topics and the law via Winthrop & Weinstine’s award-winning DuetsBlog.

Brent was counsel of record in two of Twin Cities Business Magazine’s Top 10 Lawsuits of 2012, and is a Volunteer Attorney with the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2006
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2009
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 2011

Representative Matters
  • Represented a board game manufacturer in connection with a license dispute.
  • Represented the manufacturer of complex mechanical testing devices in a lengthy patent dispute.
  • Represented clients in connection with securities litigation and responses to SEC subpoenas.
  • Represented clients in connection with a constitutional challenge to Minnesota Statute regarding emissions from generation and transmission of electricity.
  • Represented a local law firm in its defense against malpractice allegations.
  • Represented various insurers and insureds in coverage disputes.
  • Advised clients regarding implications of employment agreements and trade secret law on future business opportunities.

Honors & Awards
  • "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2018
  • Minnesota Rising Stars, Super Lawyers®, 2013-2017
  • Up & Coming Attorney, Chambers USA, in Litigation: Appellate, 2013
  • University of North Dakota Presidential Scholar
  • Freeman Award for Innovation –2nd Runner Up
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
  • Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Policy
  • Board Member, Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society 


Articles & Publications
Guest Speaker. "Episode 21: Trademark Issues in the Gaming Industry Feat. Cards Against Humanity and Humanity Hates Trump." Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. 10 March 2017. Podcast.

Guest Speaker. "News and Views with Roshini Rajkumar." WCCO News Radio. 7 August 2016.

Qtd. Haller, Ted. "Pokemon Go meets the law: What are the developers liable for?" Fox 9 News. 30 July 2016.

Author. "Blowing out the candles on bad copyright claims." Minnesota Lawyer. 15 December 2015.

Qtd. "Michael Jordan sues grocery chain over 'congratulations' ad." KMSP-TV Fox News. 05 Oct. 2015.

Author. "Is Tiffany's Major Victory Short-Lived." Mondaq. 1 October 2015.

Author. "Why 'Escape From Tomorrow' Likely Won't Make It To Theaters." Law360. 16 May 2013.

Co-author. “Top Ten Recent UDRP Decisions.” 2007 IP Book. Minneapolis: Minnesota CLE, 2007.

Co-presenter. “Experimental Testing of a PCM Slurry System to Shift Peak Air-Conditioning Loads.” Phase Change Material and Slurry Scientific Conference and Business Forum. Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. 23-25 Apr. 2003.

Press Releases

Brent blogs on the firm's trademark and brand blog, DuetsBlog. Follow the links below to read his posts.

Dedicated to bridging the gap between creativity and the law.

Another Shot Across The Virtual Bow
Posted on Mar 03, 2017 by Brent Lorentz
This post is a follow-up to my post a couple weeks ago regarding the Zenimax v. Oculus case.  As expected, Zenimax filed its motion for an injunction on February 23.  The mot...

Let the Games Begin
Posted on Feb 03, 2017 by Brent Lorentz
Many of you interested in the video game and media industry have undoubtedly heard that Oculus recently lost a jury trial to Zenimax which resulted in a $500 million jury ver...

Does (Real) Life Imitate (Video Game) Art?
Posted on Nov 11, 2016 by Brent Lorentz
The cause and effect relationship between art and culture has been a long-debated topic.  Does art depict what actually exists in our culture, or does the art dictate what ex...

Video Game Patents Are In “Deathmatch” Mode
Posted on Oct 28, 2016 by Brent Lorentz
In 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, Inc.  While the decision is long and convoluted, the Alice decision effectively narro...

Pokemon GO or Pokemon No?
Posted on Jul 29, 2016 by Brent Lorentz
Unless you’ve been living under a Geodude this past month, you’ve no doubt been exposed (either willingly or unwillingly) to some part of the current social media...

Rise of the Game
Posted on Jul 08, 2016 by Brent Lorentz
Video games have been an existing and growing component of popular culture for my entire life.  I literally cut my teeth on the Atari 2600 while I was still a toddler.  From ...

What do you mean(s) we lost?!?
Posted on Apr 29, 2016 by Brent Lorentz
Tomita Technologies USA, LLC was handed a devastating loss earlier this week in its long-enduring battle with Nintendo over stereoscopic (i.e. 3D) image technology.  Back in ...

Posted on Apr 08, 2016 by Brent Lorentz
Recent developments have brought to the forefront the ongoing debate about what rights, if any, gamers should have or own in their online personas or in the contributions tha...

Solid Snake on Ice
Posted on Mar 11, 2016 by Brent Lorentz
Fans of the Metal Gear Solid franchise received disappointing news earlier this week when Project “Shadow Moses”–an ambitious fan reboot of the original gam...

Insert Coin
Posted on Jan 29, 2016 by Brent Lorentz
Those of you who occasionally read my posts may have noticed that video games are a hobby and interest of mine.  I have posted on issues involving video games several times. ...

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