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Patterson Thuente Pedersen, P.A.
IDS Center, Suite 4800
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-2100
United States
(612) 349.5740

Firm Details

Patterson Thuente IP is a full-service intellectual property law firm, serving the legal needs of creative and innovative companies worldwide. The firm’s attorneys excel at developing and executing strategic solutions to the complex IP matters that are crucial to success in today’s highly competitive global marketplace. Backed with degrees in various engineering disciplines, a passion for science and innovation, and commitment to excellent client service, the attorneys at Patterson Thuente IP provide counsel that focuses on meeting their clients' business objectives.


Services include:

  • Patent & trademark prosecution
  • IP litigation
  • Post grant proceedings before the PTAB
  • International IP protection
  • FTO & patentability opinions
  • IP strategy and portfolio management
  • IP Licensing
  • Copyright


Clients of the firm comprise a dynamic group whose innovations shape the future in industries such as:

  • Medical devices
  • Computers & software
  • Electronics
  • Optics & sensor technologies
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Mechanical technologies
  • Aerospace & defense
  • Telecommunications
  • Renewable energy


The firm represents multinational corporations, mid-sized companies and start-up ventures, all of whom benefit from attorneys with interdisciplinary expertise, deep technical and scientific knowledge, and a clear understanding of how intellectual property affects their clients’ bottom line.


Patent Practice

Patterson Thuente IP attorneys assist clients with domestic and international patent prosecution, IP portfolio management, offensive and defensive prosecution strategy development, PCT, clearance searches, licensing, technology transfer, copyright and trade secret protection. Specialty services of the firm include:

  • Patent portfolio strategy, including preparation, prosecution and management
  • Post grant proceedings at the Central Reexam Unit (CRU) and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)
  • Accelerated examination
  • Freedom-to-operate and patentability opinions
  • IP due diligence
  • Competitive analysis
  • Asset valuation


Litigation Practice

The firm’s litigation department includes attorneys with solid trial experience, representing clients in patent and trademark infringement matters and other IP-related cases in state and federal courts. The firm’s trial lawyers understand the intricacies of patent prosecution, which makes them well suited to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case from the outset. This deep knowledge gives the firm’s litigation team and its clients an edge in the courtroom and at the bargaining table.The litigation team represents both domestic and non-US clients and is uniquely skilled at handling multi-party lawsuits and disputes with non-practicing entities, or patent trolls. In the US, the team has experience and connections in a number of jurisdictions, including the IP litigation hotspots of the Eastern District of Texas, Eastern District of Virginia, Northern District of California, and Western District of Wisconsin.The firm’s litigation team provides comprehensive IP enforcement services to assist clients with:

  • Patent and trademark infringement
  • Complex/multi-party defense
  • Inventorship disputes
  • Licensing rights
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Contracts
  • District Court & Federal Appeals
  • Patent Trial & Appeals Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial & Appeals Board (TTAB) proceedings


Trademark Practice

The trademark team at Patterson Thuente IP assists clients in the protection of their brands through comprehensive services that go beyond strategy development and trademark procurement. Additional trademark services include oppositions and cancellations, ICANN proceedings, worldwide search and clearance, e-commerce issues, unfair competition and false advertising, global trademark watch services and social networking best practices counsel.                         


International Practice

Patterson Thuente IP has a truly global practice, both in its representation of non-US companies securing IP rights in the United States and its ability to develop, procure and enforce the IP rights of US companies around the world. An important element of the firm’s international practice is its Of Counsel relationship with the former director of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, Jay Erstling, and his valuable knowledge of global IP laws. The firm also maintains a hand-selected, worldwide network of associate law firms with which long-standing relationships have been forged. These relationships ensure quality and efficiency for its clients when it comes to securing international protection. The firm’s international IP protection consulting service offering includes:

  • General counsel on international patent and trademark filing and strategy
  • International strategy review and restructuring
  • Country studies and customised reports
  • Bridging relationships with foreign patent offices and attorneys
  • Comparative analysis and opinions
  • Assistance with challenging cases and countries
  • Training for in-house professionals
  • Periodic updates and education with respect to practice in other countries


Tom Dickson
CEO/Managing Partner
Eric Chadwick
CFO/Litigation Chair
Bradley Thorson
James Patterson
Brad Pedersen
Shareholder, Patent Prosecution Chair



Women: 3

Men: 15

Caucasian: 18

Of Counsel

Women: 1

Men: 2

Caucasian: 3


Men: 4

Caucasian: 4

Other Lawyers

Women: 2

African-American: 1

Caucasian: 1

Management / Department Heads

Women: 1

Men: 5

Caucasian: 6


Women: 12

Asian: 2

Caucasian: 10

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 18


Men: 4

Caucasian: 22

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Minnesota in Patent Law with 4 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Minneapolis in Patent Law with 4 lawyers


  • Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms
  • IAM Patent 1000


Tracy Dann

Firm Practice Areas

  • Advertising Law
  • Art Law
  • CleanTech Law
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Patent Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law

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