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Martha J. Engel

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William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2008
Marquette University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering
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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
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

Press Releases
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.

Client Alerts

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.

Game, Stripes, Match…No Love Between Skechers & Adidas
Posted on Sep 23, 2015 by Martha Engel
Maybe I haven’t quite accepted the fact that the US Open and New York Fashion Week are over and September almost is too, but stories on tennis and fashion always get my...

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...

Targeting Graphic Tees
Posted on Aug 19, 2015 by Martha Engel
Up here in the North, we are big fans of the store that has it all – Target.  In fact most Minnesotans will often joke that we cannot step foot in a Target store withou...

The Great Presidential (logo) Debate
Posted on Aug 06, 2015 by Martha Engel
The day has finally arrived – the beginning of 2016 presidential debate season!  The best reality TV showdown around!  Democrat or Republican, I don’t discriminat...

At The Corner of Trademarks and Confusion
Posted on Jul 16, 2015 by Martha Engel
Even in the age of the Internet, the geographic use of a trademark is an important consideration in determining whether your mark is likely to confuse consumers as to the sou...

Not a Soccer Fan But SHEBELIEVES
Posted on Jul 07, 2015 by Martha Engel
Although I’m an avid sports fan, I rarely watch soccer and quite frankly I also rarely watch women’s professional sports.  I have some very logical reasons for my...

I’ll Take a Trademark, Up, With a Twist
Posted on Jun 19, 2015 by Martha Engel
Indeed Brewing Company, a popular brewery here in Minneapolis and a favorite of mine, announced that they were revamping their acclaimed packaging.  A story in the Minneapoli...

Is Brewer’s BOSTON 2024 Ahead of Its Time?
Posted on Jun 11, 2015 by Martha Engel
Boston Beer Corporation, makers of Samuel Adams beer, received approval for its intent-to-use trademark application for the word mark BOSTON 2024 for “beer,” whic...

For Game of Thrones Beer, Quoth the RAVEN “Nevermore”
Posted on May 28, 2015 by Martha Engel
The HBO show “Game of Thrones” is a popular show for nerds and non-nerds alike.  And if you also happen to be a beer nerd, Brewery Ommegang has been making  a ser...

Trademarks Can Be a Bitch
Posted on May 13, 2015 by Martha Engel
And I mean that literally. We’ve laid down a lot of digital ink in the past about pejorative marks – lately in reference to the Redskins (at least here, here, and...

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