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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
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.



 

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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...

Trolling for an Inventive Method for Patent Enforcement
Posted on Apr 22, 2015 by Martha Engel
In the wake of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert leaving their respective shows on Comedy Central for newer pastures, John Oliver has emerged as a new beacon of political humor...

The Keys are in the Design
Posted on Apr 09, 2015 by Martha Engel
We often ask kids this question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  While my trajectory towards lawyering is true, my answer wasn’t always immediat...

March Madness For INNOVATION
Posted on Mar 19, 2015 by Martha Engel
Following a nice evening out chatting with Kevin O’Keefe, it’s time for my favorite weekend of all – the NCAA tournament. Now this post isn’t necessar...

Deck Stacked Against HOUSE OF CARDS
Posted on Mar 04, 2015 by Martha Engel
No spoilers here, I promise.  Like many Americans since it was released on Friday, I’ve been binge-watching Season 3 of House of Cards.  If you haven’t watched th...

 
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