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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.

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 2011

 

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Articles & Presentations
Co-author. “Top Ten Trademark Decisions: 2015-2016.” Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2016. Minneapolis: Minnesota CLE, 2016.
 
Speaker. "Intellectual Property Series: Printing Infringement - Are 3-D Printers the Next Napster?" Minnesota CLE. Webcast. 15 Mar. 2016.  

Qtd. Solomon, Christopher. "Yosemite to Rename Several Iconic Places." Outside. 14 Jan. 2016.

Co-author. “Top Ten Trademark Decisions: 2014-2015.” Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2015. Minneapolis: Minnesota CLE, 2015.

Author and Presenter. “Stomping Out Counterfeits Without Stepping into District Court,” Minnesota CLE. 17 Mar. 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.

Trademark Scam Results in More than $600,000 in Refunds in New Zealand
Posted on Nov 30, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
The records of applications and registrations at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are publicly available, allowing individuals and companies to evaluate the registered tr...

Is Your Intent-to-Use Trademark Application Vulnerable?
Posted on Nov 10, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
A common misunderstanding about trademark law involves what is actually necessary in order to “own” a trademark. There are a number of requirements that many comp...

A Handy List of Star Wars References that Might Get You Sued
Posted on Oct 19, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
With its purchase of Lucasfilms and the Star Wars franchise, Disney did not wait long to begin exploiting the works. Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released on Dec. 18, 2...

Austin’s SXSW Festival Wins Trademark “Fight” with the Australian Labor Party
Posted on Oct 06, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Austin, Texas is well-known for its food, music scene, and of course its University of Texas Longhorns. The exclamation point on Austin’s notoriety though is the annual...

Raiding the Register: Trademarks and Franchise Relocation
Posted on Sep 14, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
It seems like each year a new sports franchise is threatening to move to a new city. Here in Minnesota, we recently ensured at least 15 more years of the Vikings with the new...

The RedBox Mark Has Gone to Waste and 3 Quick Lessons to Learn
Posted on Aug 26, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
The RedBox brand continues to dominate the movie rental market. For the uninitiated, RedBox is a brand of movie and video game rental vending machines placed in convenient lo...

With 5,000,000 Registrations in the Books, What’s Next?
Posted on Aug 11, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Two months ago we discussed the impending issuance of U.S. Trademark Registration Number 5,000,000. That milestone has now come and gone, with Reg. No. 5,000,000 issuing on J...

Is the US Olympic Committee’s #TwitterBan Fair or Foul?
Posted on Jul 28, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
The 2016 Summer Olympics will officially* begin in eight days. Yet the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) efforts to enforce the Olympic trademarks are truly an eternal ba...

USPTO Keeps the Door Locked for Marijuana-related Services
Posted on Jul 15, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Medical marijuana is currently legal in 25 states, including four states that have also legalized recreational use (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington). On Nov. 8, Cali...

On the Precipice of Registration Number 5,000,000
Posted on Jun 09, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Don’t look now, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is about to hit a major milestone: we are only 24,819 registrations away from the magic number 5,000,000. The only th...

 
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