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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, 201-2014

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
    • Board of Directors, MN Section
    • 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

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Articles & Presentations
Speaker. "Trademarks & Intellectual Property." MN Grape Growers Association: Cold Climate Conference. 11-13 February 2016.

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 is an author for the firm's trademark and brand blog, DuetsBlog, and frequently rates as a top legal blogger on the LexBlog network. Follow the links below to read her posts.



 

Dedicated to bridging the gap between creativity and the law.



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Posted on Feb 10, 2016 by Martha Engel
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Posted on Jan 21, 2016 by Martha Engel
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Posted on Dec 17, 2015 by Martha Engel
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Posted on Nov 27, 2015 by Martha Engel
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Posted on Nov 11, 2015 by Martha Engel
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Posted on Oct 28, 2015 by Martha Engel
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When Brands Get Personal, Do They Lose Their Identity?
Posted on Oct 09, 2015 by Martha Engel
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Game, Stripes, Match…No Love Between Skechers & Adidas
Posted on Sep 23, 2015 by Martha Engel
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Apple Takes Us Back to PENCIL and PAPER
Posted on Sep 10, 2015 by Martha Engel
If you are a member of the Cult of Apple, like tech, or even just watch the news, you’re probably aware that yesterday was Apple’s big fall event where they annou...

 
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