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Draeke H. Weseman

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William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2009
University of Minnesota, B.A., Political Science and Russian, 2003
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Draeke Weseman is an associate in the firm’s Trademark and Brand Management practice, where he represents clients on a wide range of trademark matters including trademark applications, clearance searches, counseling and trademark portfolio development, due diligence, license agreements, opposition and cancellation proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and litigation in U.S. District Court, among others.

Draeke also assists the Technology & Intellectual Property Transactions practice group on matters involving technology licensing agreements, software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements, and due diligence in mergers and acquisitions involving technology companies. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and counsels clients on privacy policies, website terms of use, and cybersecurity policies and procedures.

Draeke has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and regularly speaks on trademark law and business law topics including at the Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, the Minnesota State Bar Association, William Mitchell College of Law, and Thomson Reuters' WestLegalEd Center. Draeke is also an author on the firm’s trademark law blog, DuetsBlog. 

Bar Admissions
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Articles and Publications
Author. “Developments in the Right of Publicity: Attempts at Post-Mortem Rights of Publicity Fail in Minnesota and New York” The IP Book. 2017. Print.

Author. “Davis v. Electronic Arts: The Supreme Court’s Missed Opportunity to Balance the Right of Publicity and the First Amendment.” The IP Book. 2016. Print.

Quoted. Simon, Ruth. “FacebookFights Startups Over Names.” Wall Street Journal. 10 June 2015. Web.

Quoted. Stone, Adam. “Helpfor Firms Bullied Over Trademarks.” Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. 19 April 2013. Web.

Quoted. Kravets, David. “AScholarly Look At The 'Making Available' Dispute.” 23 June 2008. Web.

Author. “FutureShock and the Copyright Act of 1976: Is Merely Making a Copyrighted WorkAvailable for Digital Transmission a Violation of § 106(3)?” 23 June 2008. Web.

Speeches and Seminars
Speaker. “Strategiesfor Overcoming Descriptive, Geographic and Surname Refusals.” Midwest IP Institute. 29 September 2017.

Speaker. “Mastering Section 2(e) of the Lanham Act: Strategies for Overcoming Descriptive,Geographic, Laudatory, and Surname Refusals.”  Mastering U.S. Trademark Registration Practice. Minnesota CLE. 16 February 2016.

Speaker. “Fit to Practice: Negotiation Fundamentals.” Minnesota State Bar Association. 8 October 2015.

Speaker. “Trademark Law & Branding for Startups.” Twin Cities Startup Week. 11 September 2015.

Speaker. "The B and B Hardware Decision and its Effect on Trademark Practice." Thomson Reuters WestLegalEd Center. 08 May 2015. Webinar.

Speaker. “Understanding Trademark Rights.” Thomson Reuters WestLegalEd Center. 17 October 2014.

Speaker. “Negotiation Fundamentals.” Minnesota State Bar Association. 9 October 2014.

Speaker. “Trademark Bullying: Where is the Line and When is it Crossed.” Thomson Reuters WestLegalEd Center. 25 April 2014.

Speaker. “How to Register a Trademark.” Minnesota State Bar Association. 10 October 2013.

Professional Involvement
  • American Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US)
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