Kyle Peterson represents clients with complex business issues involving patents and trademarks. He has a broad background and rich experience in intellectual property licensing, client counseling and infringement analysis relating to the retention and transfer of intellectual property assets.
Kyle is responsible for the worldwide trademark portfolios of many of Patterson Thuente’s clients. He has extensive experience preparing trademark clearance and availability opinions, preparing and prosecuting domestic and international trademark applications, and conducting trials before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
In addition, Kyle represents clients involved in domestic and foreign trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, and litigates trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution cases. He is also experienced in Internet law, including Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) actions and domain name acquisitions. Kyle has also filed and is a named inventor on plant patents PP19,246 and PP23,376.
Before earning his law degree, Kyle worked as an engineer designing precision components for the automotive, medical device and office products industries. His industry experience spans a wide range of disciplines, including materials science, filtration, enology, and food science.
- Filing correspondent on more than 1,000 U.S. trademark and service mark applications
- Successfully arbitrated a variety of matters concerning the misappropriation of trademarks on the Internet
- Responsible for many large naming projects, including clearance and registration of new brand names for several prominent companies
Domain Name Dispute Victories
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal “Forty Under 40” award (2006)
Named inventor on plant patents PP19,246 and PP23,276 Teaches intellectual property law as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas National Editorial Board member, Thompson Reuters, Ideas On Intellectual Property Law Featured speaker at “Invention to Venture” conferences Served as an expert witness for plaintiff in litigation involving the misappropriation of trade secrets Chisago Lakes Economic Development Authority, Vice President
University of St. Thomas, B.S., Manufacturing Systems Engineering, 1998, cum laude
University of St. Thomas, M.B.A., Finance, 2004
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2001
Supreme Court of Minnesota U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
International Trademark Association American Bar Association Minnesota State Bar Association Hennepin County Bar Association
The Forgotten Designer Behind Some of Fashion’s Biggest Trends, New York Times, May 10, 2016 Protecting Copyrights on Social Media, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, October/November 2015 The Importance of Registering Your Trademarks, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, August/September 2014 Guidelines for Trademark Usage and Marking, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, April/May 2014 An Update on ICANN’s New gTLDs, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, Year End 2013 Trademark Clearinghouse Opens as Part of Domain Name Expansion, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, June/July 2013 The New Internet: What Brand Owners Should Know About the New gTLDs, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, February/March 2013 USPTO Establishes Additional Requirements in Proving Use of Trademarks, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, Year End 2012 Recouping Your Intellectual Property Investments, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, April/May 2012 Protection of Trade Secrets in the Digital Age, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, February/March 2012 What Companies Need to Know About the Coming Influx of gTLDs, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, Year End 2011 United States Enacts Patent Reform, Minnesota Business, October 2011 Protecting Trademarks in the Social Media Age, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, June/July 2011 USPTO Pilot Program Will Provide Inventors with More Time and Options, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, February/March 2011 Twitter Creates Unique Challenges for Copyright Law, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, August/September 2010 Are Your Trademarks Being Sold by Search Engines?, Minnesota Business Magazine online, July 2009 Protecting Brands in International Markets, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, Year End 2008 American Red Cross Sued for Using Red-Cross Trademark, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, April/May 2008 Trade Dress and Trademarks are Similar But Distinct Tools, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, February/March 2008 Trademark Abuse by Cybersquatters & Cyberpirates, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, August/September 2007 E-mail Abuse and Screen Names May Lead to Trademark Liability, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, June/July 2007 How to Keep Your Secret Sauce Secret, Upsize Minnesota, June 2006 Here’s How to Protect Trademarks, Names on the Internet, Upsize Magazine, March 2005 Intellectual Property and the Internet, Minnesota Journal of Business Law and Entrepreneurship, Fall 2005 What Your Company Should Know About Trade Secrets, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, August 2006 Determining the Value of Intellectual Property Assets, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, October 2006
“Protecting and Maintaining a Strong Brand,” Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference, January 2013