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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

  • Young Engineer of the Year, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2014
  • 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

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.

The Odds and Evens of Q’s: Trademarks in the Car Industry
Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by Martha Engel
Last week was the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, one of the top trade shows in the automotive industry. The highlight of the show for car buffs was the ne...

BLACKHAWK Down: Registration Refused Based on Relatedness of Wine & Beer
Posted on Jan 14, 2015 by Martha Engel
While the Minnesota state legislature ponders whether consumers should be able to purchase liquor on Sundays within the state, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB...

Have a STELLAr Christmas
Posted on Dec 24, 2014 by Martha Engel
While it seems like Santa’s agent did not turn down any requests for ad appearances in 2014 by the Man in the Red Suit (check out this one), this was one of the best re...

A Charlie Brown Red-Nosed Reindeer
Posted on Dec 12, 2014 by Martha Engel
If you celebrate Christmas, and even if you don’t, you probably have a favorite Christmas-themed movie.  Elf?  A Christmas Story?  Miracle on 34th Street?  National Lam...

Oh What A Tangled WEB We Weave When First We…Try To Show Use
Posted on Dec 11, 2014 by Martha Engel
In order to get a trademark registered or maintain a registration, an example of use of the trademark (referred to by trademark nerds as a “specimen”) must be sub...

Giving Thanks
Posted on Nov 27, 2014 by Martha Engel
As “Black Friday” store openings creep earlier and earlier into Thursday, I’m growing concerned that my favorite holiday Thanksgiving is losing its luster. ...

Sweating Out a COREPOWER Coexistence
Posted on Nov 21, 2014 by Martha Engel
Aside from my propensity for laughter, there are few things that can instantly improve my mood quite like an impromptu dance party or hot yoga sculpt.  Yes, hot yoga sculpt &...

Trending Topic: The Branding Influence of the Ad World on the Legal World
Posted on Nov 13, 2014 by Martha Engel
We’re fans here of saying that we aren’t Dr. Nos; we try to create a symbiotic relationship between creatives and their lawyer counterparts.  But more often than ...

I’m a Patent Attorney – Isn’t that Scary Enough?
Posted on Oct 31, 2014 by Martha Engel
A Hoppy Halloween from all of us ghoulish folks here at DuetsBlog! Spending for Halloween this year is likely to hit $11 billion dollars, possibly more than is spent decorati...

Targeting an Old Liquor Store
Posted on Oct 15, 2014 by Martha Engel
When I moved from Minnesota to Wisconsin to go to college, among the local customs that I had to get acclimated to were the revulsion against the word “pop” for c...

 
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