Lora Friedemann is a trial lawyer focusing on intellectual property cases in federal courts. Clients and colleagues alike recognize Lora for her extraordinary range of experience and her effective advocacy in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. With over two decades of experience, Lora has a deep understanding of federal court practice, particularly in the District of Minnesota. Lora is dedicated to client needs and is known for practical, business-focused advice. Clients and judges praise Lora’s communication skills, and her ability to distill complex fact patterns into compelling arguments. Lora leads the Intellectual Property Division at the firm.
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- Often retained to protect important trademarks, Lora represented a publicly-traded company in the defense of a trademark lawsuit involving the company’s top-selling product. After obtaining a decision dismissing the damages claim, Lora and her team negotiated a settlement that secured her client’s rights in the mark.
- Lora is lead counsel for a local software company in a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft. Lora and her team defeated motions to dismiss and for summary judgment filed by Microsoft. The team is pursuing damages in excess of $50 million.
- Lora represents an international clothing conglomerate in a trade dress lawsuit filed by a prominent artist. Lora first transferred the case to a more convenient forum and then won dismissal of all claims asserted against her clients. The case is currently on appeal.
- Often adverse to 3M in patent litigation, Lora defended a manufacturer of wireless intercom systems in two patent infringement lawsuits filed by 3M. Lora and her team invalidated the asserted 3M patents through reexamination proceedings and inter partes review in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, leading to dismissal of the lawsuits.
- Lora defended Medtronic in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in the District of Utah. The plaintiff filed suit and immediately sought a preliminary injunction. Lora and her team prepared a strong response to the injunction request, which ultimately led to a favorable settlement.
- Lora defended a Fortune 500 company in a copyright infringement lawsuit in Indiana. After Lora identified numerous obstacles to the plaintiff’s claim, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss the case.
- Lora represented the world’s leading medical products provider in a patent infringement suit against a new market entrant. In the case, Lora and her colleagues protected a patented technology representing $125 million in annual revenue. The case ended in a settlement that prevents the competitor from selling the accused product.
- Lora was a member of the winning trial team in a patent case in the Eastern District of Texas. Our client, a manufacturer of display stands, faced an opponent seeking $65 million in damages. Lora tried the damages portion of the case and convinced the jury to reject the exorbitant amount sought by the plaintiffs.
- Often engaged when important IP rights are at stake, Lora filed a lawsuit to stop infringement of the iconic SPAM® brand. Lora and her team achieved a favorable settlement that required the opponent to change the design of the accused product.
Articles & Presentations
May 8, 2017
Malicious counterfeiters often hide their identities, making it impossible to serve them through traditional means.Read More
January 18, 2017
If you read past the title, you are a civil procedure nerd. The answer for you is as easy as two plus two. Rule 15! You can recite the standard in your sleep: “freely given when justice so requires.”Read More
December 9, 2016
The maker of the popular Snuggie blanket, Allstar Marketing Group, LLC, sued Amazon for trademark infringement earlier this week, alleging that the online retailer enabled the importation and sale of counterfeit Snuggie blankets.Read More
July 19, 2016
Motions to dismiss used to be rare in patent litigation. Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, motions to dismiss lawsuits based on patents that arguably cover “abstract ideas” are commonplace. The first such motion in the District of Minnesota was a huge success, resulting in an opinion that recommends dismissal and finds the patents invalid.Read More
October 6, 2015
If you sit on your rights as a patent owner, you may lose your claims against infringers. Patent owner Dane Technologies recently learned that lesson the hard way.Read More
August 17, 2015
Should a patent infringement lawsuit be stayed where an IPR challenges some, but not all, of the asserted claims? Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer grappled with that issue in Oticon A/S v. GN Resound A/S, Case No. 15-cv-2066. Oticon, the patent holder, accused GN Resound of infringing 22 claims in a single patent. GN Resound petitioned for inter partes review. The PTAB instituted review on eighteen claims, but declined to institute review on the remaining four claims.Read More
July 31, 2015
A small rival of 3M, Moldex-Metric, Inc. (Moldex), claims that 3M brought baseless patent infringement claims to stifle competition. Moldex sued 3M for malicious prosecution, antitrust violations and unfair competition.Read More
July 29, 2015
Octane Fitness, the winner in a six year patent infringement lawsuit, will receive an award of attorney’s fees. In 2014, the case resulted in a change in the legal standard that applies when a prevailing party seeks a finding that a patent case is “exceptional,” allowing the party to seek an award of attorney’s fees.Read More
July 8, 2015
Magistrate Judge Leung considered this question in Stratasys, Inc. v. Microboards Technology, LLC. In the case, Stratasys claims that the H-Series 3D printer sold by Microboards Technology (“Afinia”) infringes various patents.Read More
June 23, 2015
Plaintiffs Ecolab USA Inc. and Kleancheck Systems, LLC survived a motion for summary judgment of non-infringement filed by Defendant Diversey, Inc. The patent teaches a method of cleaning a surface. The patented method requires that a “contiguous amount” of transparent indicator material is applied to a surface before cleaning. After cleaning, an ultraviolent light is used to measure the amount of indicator material remaining on the surface. The process demonstrates where cleaning has been effective and where it has not.Read More
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- Moderator, “Fake vs. Real: Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies to Protect Your Brand,” Fredrikson & Byron Anti-Counterfeiting Seminar, November 30, 2017
- Quoted in “Lengthy Legal Battle Continues Over Five Unreleased Prince Songs,” StarTribune, July 28, 2017
- Quoted in "Judge Blocks Release of Unpublished Prince Songs," MPR News, April 20, 2017
- Presenter, “The Year in Review for Minnesota IP Litigation,” MIPLA Stampede, June 2016
- Presenter, “Legal Project Management: A New Way of Managing Matters,” MNACCA Lunch and Learn, October 2014
- Quoted in “Small tech firm wins a round in lawsuit against Microsoft,” Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, January 28, 2014
- Panelist, “Project Management for Law Firms 2014: Tools and Approaches to Implement Legal Project Management,” PLI, January 23, 2014
Honors & Education
- University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1995, magna cum laude
- University of Minnesota, B.A., Journalism, 1991, summa cum laude
- Minnesota, 1995
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1995
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1997
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2000
- The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2018
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (membership by invitation only)
- IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 2015-2017
- World Trademark Review 1000 – Ranked as a leading trademark attorney, 2014 and 2016-2017
- Minnesota State Bar Association, North Star Lawyer, 2016
- Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, 2010
- Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter
- Vice Chair, Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, 2013
- Federal Bar Association Pro Se Project, 2011-present
- President, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, 2009-2010
- Markman Study Group, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- Federal Practice Committee, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2006-2009
- Founder and Chair, IP Litigation Group, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, 2005
- Clerk, Judge John R. Tunheim, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1998