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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
Panelist. "IP Series: When You Think All Hope is Lost – Creative Saves in Bad Situations." Minnesota CLE. Webcast. 28 March 2017.
Speaker. "Trademark Series: Craft Beer." Minnesota CLE. Webcast. 17 March 2017.
Co-author. “Top Ten Trademark Decisions: 2015-2016.” Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2016. Minneapolis: Minnesota CLE, 2016.
Speaker. "Intellectual Property Series: Printing Infringement - Are 3-D Printers the Next Napster?" Minnesota CLE. Webcast. 15 Mar. 2016.  

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

Co-author. “Top Ten Trademark Decisions: 2014-2015.” Midwest IP Institute Manual & IP Book 2015. Minneapolis: Minnesota CLE, 2015.

Author and Presenter. “Stomping Out Counterfeits Without Stepping into District Court,” Minnesota CLE. 17 Mar. 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
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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
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.

While the Slants are in the Spotlight, Chief Wahoo is on Deck
Posted on Apr 20, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
Throughout the past decade, attorneys, judges, plaintiffs, and defendants have invested thousands of hours in the fight over offensive trademarks. Most of the public is aware...

Help! Someone Copied My Stuff!
Posted on Mar 22, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
At some point in this digital age, almost every individual or business in the creative space will discover that somebody has copied them. You may see it yourself, or you may ...

Hasbro thinks the Smell of Play-Doh Is a Trademark, will the USPTO Agree?
Posted on Mar 02, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
As we have discussed previously, trademark protection isn’t an exclusive club for words and pictures. Shapes, sounds, and even the tactile feel of a product can all qua...

The Big Ten and the NCAA Tip Off for MARCH Marks
Posted on Feb 22, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
You don’t have to be a sports fan to be aware of MARCH MADNESS, the name associated with the annual tournament to determine the college basketball national champion. Th...

Trademarks First!
Posted on Feb 10, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
President Trump has been in office for less than a month. Yet it would be fair to say that his time in office has been, if nothing else, eventful. While the more important as...

Song Titles and Trademarks: The Eagle(s) Have Landed
Posted on Jan 25, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of “classic rock,” there are some songs that everybody knows. The song Hotel California by the Eagles is one of those son...

The Chargers leave San Diego, but will they leave the brand too?
Posted on Jan 12, 2017 by Tim Sitzmann
According to recent reports, the Chargers will announce this week that they are leaving sunny San Diego for also sunny Los Angeles. Over a short two year span, Los Angeles wi...

Second Circuit Agrees: Louis Vuitton Can’t Take a Joke
Posted on Dec 28, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
If you’re still looking for holiday gift for that special someone, the Second Circuit has your back. Fresh off the docket, the Second Circuit gave its blessing to My Ot...

Trademark Scam Results in More than $600,000 in Refunds in New Zealand
Posted on Nov 30, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
The records of applications and registrations at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are publicly available, allowing individuals and companies to evaluate the registered tr...

Is Your Intent-to-Use Trademark Application Vulnerable?
Posted on Nov 10, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
A common misunderstanding about trademark law involves what is actually necessary in order to “own” a trademark. There are a number of requirements that many comp...

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