Firm Profile

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 known for handling complex IP issues and offering the following services:

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

We handle patent prosecution for mid-size and large companies in the following technology areas:

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

The firm’s litigation department includes attorneys with solid trial experience in litigating patent and trademark infringement matters, domain name disputes and other IP-related cases in state and federal courts. The firm has had marked success in recent years in battling patent trolls/NPEs and has significant experience handling cases involving multiple defendants. Our team’s unique strategy of being fully prepared to go to trial from the beginning is not only effective, but also more cost-efficient than the typical approach other firms take.

Proven success with post issuance proceedings. Partner Brad Pedersen is nationally known for his knowledge of American Invents act post grant proceeding options. He has successfully represented companies in review proceedings before the PTAB and USPTO and is past chair of the AIPLA USPTO Inter Partes Patent Proceedings committee.

The firm has a significant international practice, in which all of its attorneys have experience. One important asset on the team is Jay Erstling, former director of the PCT, who serves as of counsel at the firm. In additional to assisting clients with international IP strategy, Erstling serves as and expert witness in litigation involving PCT, non-US law, and international treaties; and provides in-depth reports, opinions and critical analyses on all aspects of international IP.


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



Women: 2

Men: 10

Caucasian: 12

Of Counsel

Women: 1

Men: 2

Caucasian: 3


Women: 1

African-American: 1

Men: 5

Caucasian: 5

Management / Department Heads

Women: 1

Men: 5

Caucasian: 6


Women: 9

Asian: 2

Caucasian: 8

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 17

Men: 5

Caucasian: 22

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Minnesota in Patent Law with 3 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Minneapolis in Patent Law with 3 lawyers


  • Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms
  • IAM Patent 1000


Tracy Dann

Firm Practice Areas

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

Office Locations

United States

United States



Minneapolis, MN

IDS Center, Suite 4800

80 South Eighth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55402-2100

United States

(612) 349.5740

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South Dakota

South Dakota

Brookings, SD

2301 Research Parkway, Suite 251

Brookings, SD 57006

United States

(605) 692.7554

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