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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


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.
Press Releases
  • Board of Directors, Simon Says Give

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
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.

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...

Lego Adds a “Brick” to its Enforcement Strategy
Posted on Sep 09, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
The Danish Lego Group is no stranger to trademark disputes. Understandably, Lego enforces its rights in the LEGO mark against third-parties who use LEGO without their permiss...

Can a Google Search Save Your Company $5 Million?
Posted on Sep 02, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
It sounds like a scam, but I swear, there is some truth to this headline. Just ask Hasbro, Inc., the owner of the Littlest Pet Shop line of toy animal figurines. If you have ...

Beer for Breakfast: Lessons in Co-Branding from General Mills
Posted on Aug 13, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
Yesterday General Mills announced that it had partnered with Fulton Brewery to create HefeWheaties: a limited edition brew. The beer is a Hefeweizen, which is traditionally a...

Octane Fitness Clarified the Standard for Attorney’s Fee Award, but Has Really Anything Changed?
Posted on Jul 31, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
It’s no secret, lawsuits can be expensive. That’s why parties frequently consider the availability of recovering attorney’s fees when deciding whether to pursue (or defend) a...

Trademarks on the Internet: Are Consumers Really this Clueless?
Posted on Jul 15, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
Are you unaware of the difference between search engine searches and the search results? Do you believe that a search engine can read your mind and return exactly (and only) ...

Counterclaims for Cancellation Are Like Yoga Pants for Your Infringement Defense
Posted on Jul 02, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
Here’s one piece of advice you’ll hear from just about any trademark attorney: apply to federally register your marks as soon as financially possible. It is a very important ...

No Coke, Pepsi. No Infringement, Summary Judgment?
Posted on Jun 24, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
2015 was the 40th anniversary for the NBC comedy series, Saturday Night Live (SNL). After 40 years, a television show is bound to have a cultural impact. And one of the serie...

Pepsi’s Next Generation: The Last Generation
Posted on Jun 10, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
Back in the 1960s, Pepsi burst onto the scene by announcing to the youth of decade that they were the Pepsi Generation (they didn’t have a choice). Then, in the 1980s, ...

Meet Batman’s New (Trademark) Nemesis: Rihanna
Posted on May 29, 2015 by Tim Sitzmann
After making (and remaking (and re-remaking)) movies, sequels, and prequels for nearly every comic book character in its library, it appears that DC Comics has finally found ...

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