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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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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.

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...

HOW To Support a Lawsuit in 140 Characters or Less
Posted on Oct 09, 2014 by Martha Engel
It’s not too often that we see a trademark dispute that affects the marketing and advertising community directly (rather than just their clients), but the facts on this...

The House That Solitude Built
Posted on Sep 19, 2014 by Martha Engel
Ever tried to search for directions on your so-called “smart” phone by the name of your intended destination?   What if it directed you to the museum you searched...

Silicon Valley x Fashion District = Blurred Lines
Posted on Sep 17, 2014 by Martha Engel
Growing up in the 80s, it’s amazing how both fashion and technology have evolved since Scrunchies and Commodore 64s – although a quite separate evolution. I can&#...

Is Deadmau5 a Dead Mouse?
Posted on Sep 05, 2014 by Martha Engel
With the NFL season in full swing and my fantasy football league thus far undefeated, as well as some really interesting tech stuff on fashion week, I really wanted to focus ...

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 (...

 
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