Dorsey & Whitney LLP is seeking an Associate attorney with three to five years of experience in the intellectual property field to join the Trademark, Copyright and Brand Management department in our Minneapolis office.

This Associate will work primarily on trademark and copyright matters, including: trademark strategy, clearance, prosecution, and enforcement matters, domestic and international; copyright strategy, analysis and filings and handling digital content issues such as fair use, URDP complaints and online enforcement and take down requests; drafting intellectual property related agreements such as licenses and rights transfer agreements; and assistance with due diligence in purchase, sale, and financing transactions that relate to intellectual property assets. The work may also include handling of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (with litigation support as needed), and work on advertising, marketing and unfair competition matters.

The following qualifications are required:
  • J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Three to five years of intellectual property experience in the trademark and copyright field, including trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement; copyright prosecution and enforcement; domain name disputes and UDRP proceedings; intellectual property assignments or licensing; intellectual property-related due diligence in corporate transactions; and DMCA compliance matters
  • Exemplary organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail
  • Track record of successfully managing client projects and deadlines with independence
  • Experience with client interactions and direct communications
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Strong academic performance
  • Minnesota bar admission

Candidates who have experience on intellectual property agreements (in addition to licensing) and/or experience in advertising, contest or sweepstakes matters are preferred.

Dorsey offers opportunities for advancement within a collaborative and dynamic environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Our benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance; domestic partner benefits (for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners); Dorsey & Whitney 401(K) Retirement and Savings Plan; 15 weeks of paid parental leave, plus an additional 6-8 weeks of paid short-term disability for lawyers who give birth; adoption assistance; back-up child care program; education and college advising programs; well-being programs and activities; a 24/7 employee assistance program with confidential counseling; and more!

Dorsey values the strength that comes from a diverse and inclusive work environment. It contributes to the success of our people and our clients and enriches our experience. We believe that everyone should feel at home and part of our community.

You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, military or veteran status, or any other legally-protected status.

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About Dorsey:
Clients have relied on the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP since 1912 as a trusted legal advisor and valued business partner. With locations across the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia, Dorsey provides an integrated, dedicated approach to its clients' legal and business needs. Dorsey's diverse client base includes more than one-third of Fortune 100 companies.

Our lawyers apply superb legal knowledge and skills with practical wisdom and a deep understanding of business and industry. We serve clients in nearly all industries, but focus on six key industries in which we have excellent depth and a history of achieving client success:
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Development and Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Technology

Among Dorsey's many distinguished alumni are U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, noted law professor and scholar William Prosser, Minnesota's first woman judge Betty Washburn, former U.S. Vice President and Ambassador to Japan Walter Mondale, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York Zachary Carter, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Recognized for our dedication to community, Dorsey has met the ABA Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge every year since the Challenge began in 1993 by devoting more than 3% of billable hours to pro bono work.

One of our greatest strengths is a friendly, cooperative culture that values and appreciates each individual. Dorsey has received external recognition for our welcoming workplace, including:
  • Mansfield Certification Plus (Diversity Lab)
  • Best Law Firms for Women (National Association of Female Executives and Flex-Time Lawyers)
  • 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index (Human Rights Campaign)
  • Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplace (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)

How to Apply:
Dorsey accepts online applications at We do not accept application materials by mail or email except as a reasonable accommodation for qualified disabled applicants. Dorsey is committed to providing disability and religious-based reasonable accommodations. If you require a reasonable accommodation during the application and hiring process, or if you have questions about a workplace reasonable accommodation, please contact us at 612-492-5033.

Please note that Dorsey is not currently accepting search firm submissions in connection with this opening.