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Timothy D. Sitzmann

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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
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2017


Articles & Presentations
Speaker. "The Year in Trademark Law: Noteworthy Decisions and Their Impact on Your Practice." 2017 Midwest IP Institute. Minnesota CLE. 28 September 2017.
Panelist. "IP Series: When You Think All Hope is Lost – Creative Saves in Bad Situations." Minnesota CLE. Webcast. 28 March 2017.
Speaker. "Trademark Series: Craft Beer." Minnesota CLE. Webcast. 17 March 2017.
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.
Press Releases
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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
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service, 2017
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.

Oliver Babish: Fictional Lawyer, Accurate Advice
Posted on Dec 20, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
Nearly four years ago, Friend of the Blog Derek Allen and I published an article on our Top 10 Fictional Lawyers of all time. Part 1 and Part 2 are etched in the tomes of Due...

Trademark Enforcement in the Social Media Age
Posted on Dec 07, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
Attorneys in general, and trademark attorneys in particular, have a reputation for heavy handedness. The traditional weapon of choice for these legal pugilist has been, and c...

Beer Brand Battles: David Takes on City Hall (with Goliath on the sidelines)
Posted on Nov 30, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
The City of Portland is known as a hub for craft beer, and its local government couldn’t be prouder. The Travel Portland website proudly proclaims that Portland is R...

Gucci: The Other Stripe Mark
Posted on Nov 08, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
Normally when we talk about stripes trademarks , we’re talking about iconic sportswear brand adidas. An avid litigant with respect to use of “three stripe” ...

Former Rutgers Player Sues Alma Mater Over Nickname
Posted on Oct 16, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
Moving along from Steve’s post on our alma mater of the University of Iowa, a former Rutgers football player has a more negative view of his former school. A few years ...

An Iowa Rivalry Mixes Football, Farming, and Trademark Disputes
Posted on Sep 07, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
It sure feels like fall already. Apart from the fifty degree walk with my dog this morning, we’re now entering the second week of college football. Regular readers migh...

Game Over for Nestlé? Atari Sues Over “Breakout” Kit-Kat Ads
Posted on Aug 23, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
For most of us, video games and candy go together perfectly, but that doesn’t mean they always get along. In fact, last week the “original” video game compa...

Trick or Trademark? Mars Says Hershey’s Can’t Own “SCARY” Candy.
Posted on Jul 07, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
Sandwiched between 90 degree days in a Minnesota summer, the idea of Halloween wasn’t on my radar – until I learned about the latest dispute between candy giants ...

Is Foster’s Australian for False Advertising?
Posted on Jun 29, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
While trademark infringement is the headliner for claims brought under the Lanham Act, the law also precludes false advertising and unfair competition. Most states also have ...

USPTO Proposes Cheaper, Faster Cancellation Option
Posted on May 24, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office register contains a lot of dead weight. In order to obtain a trademark registration and maintain the registration, the owner must use the...

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