Sarah M. Stensland



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Sarah Stensland is a partner with Patterson Thuente IP and a member of the firm’s litigation team. Her practice focuses mainly on patent and trademark infringement litigation, as well as representing clients in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the USPTO.



Sarah also has considerable experience representing generic pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman litigation. As a lawyer and chemical engineer, Sarah has a solid command of her clients’ technologies and helps them understand the full market value of their products and processes. Her clients include US-based and multinational corporations in the pharmaceutical, medical device and engineered materials industries.

Prior to joining the legal profession, Sarah worked in the quality department of General Mills, where she gained first-hand experience in evaluating the composition of various products and raw materials. She also spent time at Cargill, where she was involved in projects involving agricultural commodities, refining processes and the production of ingredients used in consumer products.

  • Part of the trial team for Teva Pharmaceuticals in an ANDA action involving tamper resistant Oxycontin® in which the patents were invalidated
  • Represented generic pharmaceuticals companies in ANDA actions involving Multaq®, Vimpat®, ella®, and Xeloda®
  • Enforced a flagship trademark on behalf of a materials manufacturer
  • Defended a medical device company in patent infringement actions involving the company’s heart device
University of Iowa, B.S., Chemical Engineering, 2001
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2006, magna cum laude, William Mitchell Law Review


U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
Supreme Court of Minnesota
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2012 – 2017

Minnesota Intellectual Propety Law Association
Minnesota Federal Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers, Equity Committee
Executive Women’s Golf Association


  • Children’s Law Center, Volunteer Attorney
  • Wayzata School District Legislative Action Committee

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