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Timothy D. Sitzmann

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Education
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 2011
University of Iowa, B.A., with distinction, International Studies (with honors), Spanish, 2007
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Timothy D. Sitzmann is an associate in the Intellectual Property group, and focuses his practice on trademark and copyright issues. Tim advises and counsels clients regarding trademark clearance, prosecution, enforcement, licensing and portfolio management.  Tim also regularly assists clients with domestic and international trademark and copyright disputes, including opposition and cancellation proceedings as well as litigation in U.S. federal court. His work has touched on a number of industries, including the restaurant, brewery, and international sport and fashion industries. Prior to joining the firm, Tim was a Law Clerk at the Third Judicial District of the State of Iowa, where he worked closely with district judges on preparing rulings on civil and criminal issues, including contract disputes, municipal liability, insurance coverage, domestic relations, habeas petitions, and other matters.  

Tim graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with distinction in 2011, where he was a member of the 2010 National Moot Court Team and the Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Corporation Law. He received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Iowa in 2007, majoring in Spanish and International Studies. Tim is fluent in Spanish.

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Minnesota, 2011

 

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Articles & Presentations
Author and Presenter. “Stomping Out Counterfeits Without Stepping into District Court,” Minnesota CLE. 17 March 2015.

Qtd. Freed, Benjamin. "Red Bull Says a Small Ashburn Brewery Is Infringing on Its Trademark." Washingtonian. 9 Feb. 2015.

Co-author. “Top Ten Trademark Decisions: 2013-2014.” Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2014. Minneapolis: Minnesota CLE, 2014.

Co-author. “Top Ten Trademark Decisions: 2012-2013.” Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2013. Minneapolis: Minnesota CLE, 2013.
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Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Trademarks and Unfair Competition; Constitutional Law II
  • Senior Associate Editor, Journal of Corporation Law
  • Member of the 2010 Iowa National Moot Court Team
  • Top Oral Advocate, University of Iowa College of Law’s Van Oosterhout-Baskerville Moot Court Competition
DuetsBlog
Tim blogs on the firm's trademark and brand blog, DuetsBlog. Follow the links below to read his posts.

 
Dedicated to bridging the gap between creativity and the law.

A Disclaimer for Disclaimers at the USPTO
Posted on Mar 27, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
You know that feeling when you’ve nearly crossed the finish line? You have done the work, put in the time, and the only step left is to run through the tape. There can ...

What Do Gripe Sites Have to Do with SCOTUS’s B&B Hardware Decision?
Posted on Mar 11, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
In December, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries. The case addresses the level of deference to be given to decisions from the Trad...

All-Star Tips To Avoid Infringement Litigation
Posted on Feb 27, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
Shoes are always in the news. From a fashion standpoint, Nike has made headlines this week, with a re-release of the Classic Cortez running shoe (aka, the Forrest Gump shoe) ...

Crafting an Effective Fair Use Defense
Posted on Feb 18, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
The beer industry is rife with trademark legal issues. We’ve discussed quite a few here, including disputes over brewery names, attempts to register as a trademark the ...

Red Bull Strikes Again, but Is Old Ox Brewery a Matador in Disguise?
Posted on Feb 06, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
It’s no secret that Red Bull has a strong trademark enforcement strategy. Too strong, according to some. In its defense, IP counsel for Red Bull has stated that With a ...

Tacking: It’s Not Just for Judges Anymore
Posted on Jan 22, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
The U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t frequently take on trademark cases, so yesterday’s release of its decision in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank should have been pretty excitin...

Unicorns and Beer: A Match Made in Portland
Posted on Jan 07, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
Hipsters and Portland go together like…. hipsters and Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR). So naturally, when PBR decided to host a music festival, they chose Portland, Oregon. Unf...

Lessons from Santa on Trademark Protection
Posted on Dec 26, 2014 by Tim Sitzmann
Christmas may be over, but somewhere Santa is already back to work: making his list, and checking it twice. But don’t let Santa hog all of the good ideas, making a list...

The College Football Playoff™ college football playoff
Posted on Dec 10, 2014 by Tim Sitzmann
  This past Sunday, the College Football Playoff Committee unveiled the four college football teams that will be participating the very first playoff in college football...

Angry Monkey See, Angry Monkey Sue
Posted on Dec 03, 2014 by Tim Sitzmann
Video games have come a long way since I was a kid. I grew up with a pixelated plumber jumping on on turtles with frozen facial expression. Sometimes it is hard to believe ho...

 
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