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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
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.

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.

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...

Second Circuit Weighs in on Nominative Fair Use
Posted on May 25, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
The federal courts of appeals have split as to how to apply the doctrine of nominative fair use in trademark infringement cases. Last week, the Second Circuit endorsed the no...

Trademark Litigation Keeps Getting Cheaper (If You Win)
Posted on May 06, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Slowly but surely, the extension of the Supreme Court’s 2014 Octane Fitness v. LLC v. Icon Health and Fitness, Inc. decision to trademark claims is gaining traction amo...

Trademark Lessons for New Businesses from a Lawsuit Against a Colorado Juice Bar
Posted on Apr 27, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
It is a big, exciting, and dangerous risk to start a new business. There were approximately 400,000 in 2014 (continuing a recent downward trend, according to Gallup). Most en...

Hope Springs Eternal – Even for Baseball Trademark Disputes
Posted on Apr 06, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Across the United States this week, fans rejoiced as baseball returned. Teams took to the diamond and played the first games to count since last year’s World Series. Players,...

Nobody Puts Trademark Claims in a Corner (Except when Copyright Law Preempts Them)
Posted on Mar 23, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Nostalgia is a big seller these days. Hollywood continues to produce remakes (and remakes of remakes), politicians lament the better days of yesterday, and companies capitali...

An E-Bay User Copied and Sold Thousands of Designs for Profit, but is it Legal?
Posted on Mar 09, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Three-dimensional printing technology continues to be a new frontier of creativity, advancement, and of course, legal issues. The laws surrounding 3D printing have always bee...

Are Registrations for Product Configuration Trademarks for Suckers?
Posted on Feb 26, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
As a kid, I loved candy. But as an adult, who happens to be an intellectual property attorney, I still love candy. So you can bet your sweet tooth that I was feeling a sugar ...

Spongebob Suitpants: Viacom Sues Proposed “Krusty Krab” Restaurant
Posted on Feb 17, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Calling all Spongebob fans: there is a company in Texas that wants to create a real life Krusty Krab restaurant. For those not “in the know,” Spongebob Squarepant...

Does Louis Vuitton’s Loss to a Parody Defense Justify an Award of Attorney Fees?
Posted on Jan 28, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Earlier this month the Southern District of New York granted the defendant’s Motion for Summary in Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A. v. My Other Bag , Inc. The fashion gian...

 
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