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Martha J. Engel

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Education
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2008
Marquette University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering
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Experience
Martha Engel is an associate in the Intellectual Property practice group. She actively counsels clients on the procurement, maintenance, and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Martha is a patent attorney with practical engineering experience. As a registered patent attorney, Martha has drafted and prosecuted patent applications on a variety of technologies, including mechanical and manufacturing devices, materials, medical devices, sporting goods, packaging, electronics, and software. She has experience working with foreign associates to prosecute applications both in the US and abroad. Martha also has experience preparing patent infringement opinions. Martha’s patent prosecution experience in combination with her engineering background enhances her interaction with clients to efficiently meet their business objectives.

Raised in a marketing family, Martha has also had significant exposure to the advertising and marketing industry. She actively employs that background to effectively counsel clients interested in protecting and enforcing their trademark rights.

Prior to attending law school, Martha designed custom gear-reducers in Milwaukee, Wis. Her knowledge of continuous improvement methodologies translates to her work, where she is consistent, logical, and trustworthy.

Martha volunteers her time on a regular basis to numerous boards and committees. She’s actively involved in the local American Society of Mechanical Engineers section, where she enjoys engaging other engineers and learning about emerging technologies in the industry.

Born and raised in St. Paul, Minn., Martha is passionate about representing her community on behalf of the Highland District Council to the City of St. Paul. Martha is also an avid golfer and tennis player. She also enjoys visiting museums, attending car shows and air shows, trying new restaurants, and spending time outdoors in Minnesota.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota
U.S. District Court of the District of Minnesota
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Representative Cases
Assisted with William Mitchell College of Law’s amicus curiae briefs filed in Tafas v. Dudas, 541 F. Supp. 2d 805 (E.D. Va 2008) and In re Bilski, 545 F.3d 943 (Fed. Cir. 2008)(en banc).

Honors & Awards

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service, 2013

Community Involvement

  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    • Chair, 2014-2015
    • Vice Chair, 2013-2014
    • Secretary, 2012-2013
    • Executive Committee Member, MN Section, 2011-present
    • Leadership Training Conference attendee, 2012
  • City of Saint Paul Capital Improvement Budget Task Force, participant, 2013
  • Highland District Council
    • Board of Directors, 2011-2013
    • Transportation Committee, 2011-2013
  • Convent of the Visitation School Alumnae Association
    • President, 2012-present
    • Vice President, 2011-2012
    • Board of Directors, 2008-present

Collegiate Honors

  • Law Review, William Mitchell College of Law
  • William Mitchell College of Law Dean’s List
  • Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court
  • Student Intellectual Property Association Executive Board member
  • William Mitchell College of Law IP Clinic development committee
  • Marquette University Dean’s List

News
Articles & Presentations
Qtd. Gallegos, Anna. "With Open Source Patents, Risks Run High for Tesla and Interested Automakers." LXBN. 23 June 2014.

Author. "Why Tesla’s Patent Move May Standardize Electric Cars, Not Patent Strategies." JD Supra. 16 June 2014.

Qtd. Gallegos, Anna. "Health Department Gets to Dumb Starbucks Before Trademark Violations Do."  LXBN.  11 February 2014.

Speaker. “Patents for Engineers.” American Society of Mechanical Engineers – MN Section. Plymouth, MN.  9 May 2012.

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DuetsBlog
Martha 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.

Hey Commish, Can You Trademark The (Fantasy Football) League?
Posted on Aug 20, 2014 by Martha Engel
All around America, men will soon gather in front of their computers feverishly conducting research, generally wasting time, and participating in one of the manliest things t...

The C-word and IP Rights
Posted on Aug 13, 2014 by Martha Engel
No, not that c-word. The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights involves a plethora of c-words:  copying, counterfeit, copyright, cease-and-desist, CIPO (...

Playing Games Over ANGRY BIRDS
Posted on Aug 07, 2014 by Martha Engel
The internet was aflutter yesterday over a lawsuit involving Angry Birds.  The artist who created a pet toy line is apparently quite angry that she’s not racking up gol...

Airing a new logo: Airbnb
Posted on Jul 18, 2014 by Martha Engel
For those of you who are into traveling, you are probably very familiar with the trendy Airbnb, a travel site that lets you book a stay at someone’s home instead of a h...

The World Cup of Counterfeit All-Stars
Posted on Jul 11, 2014 by Martha Engel
There’s a sports fever in the air of the homeland of the DuetsBlog team.  The World Cup final is Sunday and, from my office window, I have seen an ever-growing number o...

It’s ‘MERICA Weekend
Posted on Jul 03, 2014 by Martha Engel
July 4th weekend usually makes me think of three things:  the cabin, my favorite random historical facts about Presidents (did you know this?), and the Declaration of Indepen...

Brewing Brewery Brawl: Busch Not Happy with NATTY
Posted on Jun 26, 2014 by Martha Engel
You know that beer that you would drink in a basement, but now that you acknowledge that you are actually an adult, you would not be caught dead buying in a liquor store or r...

Karl the Infringer: Parody of New Balance Sneaks Up on Lagerfeld
Posted on Jun 11, 2014 by Martha Engel
A sense of humor and a little lack of respect:  that’s what you need to make a legend survive. -Karl Lagerfeld on his “winning formula” Sometimes there is a...

The Irrational Life of Pi
Posted on Jun 04, 2014 by Martha Engel
Warning:  This post may contain an unnecessary amount of nerd humor.  Reader discretion is advised. I am not ashamed to admit that I am a bit of a nerd.  I enjoy standardized...

Design Patent Wars: The Icon Menace
Posted on May 21, 2014 by Martha Engel
Much of the success of Apple products can be traced to Apple’s emphasis on design as being equal or greater than the technical advancement of its products.  Talking wit...

 
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