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

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.

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...

Louis Vuitton’s Other Lawsuit Was a Winner, but Loses to a Parody Defense – Again.
Posted on Jan 13, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Louis Vuitton is no stranger to trademark disputes. As a a manufacturer of handbags, wallets, and other luxury goods, the company has its hands full just addressing counterfe...

Did the Federal Circuit Just Save the Redskins’ trademark registrations?
Posted on Dec 23, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
Yesterday the Federal Circuit issued its decision in In re Tam, an appeal filed by a musician whose application to register the mark THE SLANTS had been refused registration ...

Samsung Seeks an Edge in Smart Phone Wars through Federal Registration
Posted on Dec 16, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
For years, Samsung and Apple have battled over intellectual property rights associated with each party’s smart phones. Apple sued Samsung in 2011 and the jury found tha...

Forget the 6s, is the iPhone 3d coming soon?
Posted on Dec 04, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
When the iPhone 6s was announced, the 3D touch was a heavily touted feature.  The touch screen can now sense how hard you’re pushing. Functionally, it’s a great i...

Hawking a New Mascot
Posted on Nov 25, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
The big mascot news over the past year has been in the NFL, as Washington fights to maintain its registrations for the REDSKINS mark. As that dispute continues, the Universit...

It’s Not Delivery, It’s Infringement.
Posted on Nov 12, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
We’re not talking pizza, we’re talking burgers. Not just any burgers, either, we’re talking In-N-Out burgers. As any California transplant will tell you, no other burger from...

Tissue Tussles at the Trademark Office
Posted on Oct 29, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
Each of the seasons has its own soundtrack to signal its transition. Spring is symbolized by the chirping of robins and sparrows. The sound of the grill and the splashing in ...

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Ads
Posted on Oct 21, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
Where are we going? The future. Well, 1985’s future, as predicted in 1989. And technically, it’s not the future anymore; it’s the present (and soon, the past). You see, in th...

Yosemite: The Park, the Name, and the Lawsuit
Posted on Sep 25, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
Tunnel View – Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 As the saying goes, possession is nine-tenths of the law. That other tenth can be pretty complicated, dependin...

 
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