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Jessica Gutierrez Alm

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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.

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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.

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...

Santa Goes to the Trademark Office
Posted on Dec 02, 2016 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
This is Fashion Santa. Or at least it was until recently. Fashion Santa is a role that originated with model, Paul Mason and Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall in 2014. He promoted the ...

Such a Nasty Trademark
Posted on Nov 04, 2016 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
After the last presidential debate, the Republican nominee’s “such a nasty woman” utterance led to somewhat of a rallying cry.  Within minutes, #Nastywoman was trending...

Intellectual Property for President 2016
Posted on Oct 07, 2016 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
  The 2016 Presidential election season has produced moments of strife, humor, shock, and even a little magic.  Most importantly, however, this election season has also ...

Federal Cannabis Laws Don’t Impede Patentability
Posted on Sep 02, 2016 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
While the Lanham Act bars the federal registration of trademarks related to illegal goods and services, there is no such prohibition against patenting illegal products or pro...

Trans-Pacific Intellectual Property
Posted on Aug 05, 2016 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a favored talking point among our presidential hopefuls—is an international trade agreement between twelve nations. The agreement was sign...

A $10 Billion Idea, without a Patent, is just an Idea
Posted on Jul 01, 2016 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
Have you ever seen an ad for something and thought to yourself, “Hey, I had that idea years ago!” Some people take that thought a step further. One Florida man claims to have...

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