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Jessica Gutierrez Alm

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Education
Hamline University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2014
Arizona State University, B.S., Civil Engineering, 2009
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Jessica Gutierrez Alm is an associate in the patent practice at Winthrop & Weinstine.   She understands the roles that intellectual property rights can play in a business’s overall goals.  It is important for businesses to find cost-effective solutions to protect their innovations, and Jessica enjoys helping clients develop plans that will best fit their individual needs.  

Jessica earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law.  During law school, Jessica developed a passion for the field of intellectual property while serving as President of the Hamline Student Intellectual Property Law Association.  As a student, Jessica published her article, "Sharing Copyrights: The Copyright Implications of User Content in Social Media", in Hamline’s Journal of Public Law and Policy.  Jessica also served as a Managing Editor of the Hamline Law Review, and she received the Minnesota Women Lawyers 2013 Equal Justice Award for her article, "The Privacies of Life: Automatic License Plate Recognition Technology is Unconstitutional under the Mosaic Theory of Fourth Amendment Privacy Law." 

Jessica received her B.S. in civil engineering from Arizona State University.  Prior to law school, she worked as an Airport Design Engineer, designing airport improvement projects throughout the Southwestern United States.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2014

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service, 2017
DuetsBlog
Jessica blogs on the firm's trademark and brand blog, DuetsBlog. Follow the links below to read her posts.

 
Dedicated to bridging the gap between creativity and the law.

We can Keep Googling the GOOGLE Mark: Supreme Court Denies Cert
Posted on Oct 20, 2017 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
Many of us have been eagerly waiting to see whether the Supreme Court would consider Google’s potential genericness. As Martha explained, the case began in 2012, after petiti...

“Let’s Play:” DMCA Takedown Notices and Game Developer Acquiescence
Posted on Sep 15, 2017 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
There is an entire gaming sub-culture developed around watching others play video games.  I’m not talking about gathering around the Game Cube in your friend’s basement and p...

Joint IP Ownership Rights
Posted on Aug 18, 2017 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
New ideas, creations, and business ventures are often the product of collaboration.  If lawyers had their way, a written agreement would precede every creative collaboration....

Do You Even Trademark, Bro?
Posted on Jul 21, 2017 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
Two Bros are competing over their Bro meal delivery services. Jamie Giovinazzo is the owner of Eat Clean Bro, LLC, a meal delivery service providing “a convenient servi...

The Slants, The Redskins, and Free Speech for All Parties
Posted on Jun 23, 2017 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
This week’s Matal v. Tam (formerly Lee v. Tam) Supreme Court ruling serves as a reminder that free speech is a two-way street.  It also suggests the value of a sympathetic li...

Dubious Patent Trolls and a Crowdfunded Infringement Defense
Posted on May 19, 2017 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
We’ve spent time discussing the patent troll phenomenon in the past.  Patent trolls are less pejoratively referred to as non-practicing entities, because they do not make or ...

Blizzard v. Bossland: Game Over for Video Game Botting?
Posted on Apr 21, 2017 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
I’m a rules follower. Going back to the days of the Game Genie—a device that allowed gamers to play Super Mario Bros. with infinite lives or the Legend of Zelda with infinite...

The News is Fake, but the Trademarks are Real
Posted on Mar 24, 2017 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
The trademark filings for new political slogans and catchphrases continue. Over the last couple of months, Donald Trump has repeatedly accused various news sources of dissemi...

Do I Need a Patent Prior Art Search?
Posted on Feb 17, 2017 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
This is a common question among many new inventors. To be patentable, an invention must be novel and non-obvious in view of the “prior art.” Prior art includes prior fi...

Boldly Going Where no Fanfic has Gone Before
Posted on Jan 20, 2017 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
Fanfiction refers to the art of creating fiction using another author’s characters or universe.  I was first introduced to the concept in high school, when a friend began wri...

 
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