Headquartered in the Twin Cities with eight offices stretching
nationwide in both directions, IP boutique Merchant & Gould
covers clients on the East Coast in New York and Washington, DC, as
far south as Tennessee and Georgia, as far west as Washington and
Colorado, and additionally in the Midwest station with its
Wisconsin location. The firm's wide national reach grants it access
to big-name clients like Microsoft, Polaris Industries, Inc., the
First National Bank of Sioux Falls, French Cristal Champagne maker
Champagne Louis Roederer and Genentech.
Merchants of Minnesota
Merchant & Gould sprung up over a hundred years ago from
humble beginnings as a family-run firm. In the early 1900s, Frank
D. Merchant kicked off his patent and trademark law firm with the
help of his two sons, Harvey and Ralph. In 1954, attorney John D.
Gould joined the firm for a trial period of two months. He ended up
overstaying until the present day, eventually adding his name to
the firm's partnership.
The firm expanded the reach of its IP practice in the 1990s into
emerging technologies, like computers, the Internet, biotechnology,
polymers, pharmaceuticals and medical devices and is today one of
the biggest IP firms in the country and top filers of applications
with the U.S.Patent and Trademark Office. Merchant & Gould was
named the Top Midwest Trademark Law Firm by Managing
Intellectual Property Magazine. Minnesota Business
named Merchant & Gould one of its "Best 100 Companies to Work
For," a title given to companies that were rated on criteria such
as the happiness of its employees, benefits, leadership, work
environment and training opportunities.
Partners in the Patent Process
Merchant & Gould successfully defended Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.
and other generic drug manufacturers against a patent infringement
suit brought by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca in 2012 and won
$1.29 million in damages for Rudolph Technologies against Camtek
Ltd. Injunction, which Rudolph alleged had infringed its patent on
a chip-inspecting device. The firm has won additional suits on
behalf of its clients, whose products range from stethoscopes to
wind energy technology and champagne. Out of the courtroom,
Merchant & Gould has filed patents for cardiac reinforcement
devices, automatic word-completion devices, word processor e-mail
functionality, electric automobiles powered by fuel cells, digital
litigation management systems, dust collectors, glass fibers, viral
infection treatments and mobile messaging
Chances are, if you use Microsoft Word, you've unwittingly
crossed paths with Merchant & Gould. The firm has a
longstanding partnership with computer technology giant Microsoft,
for whom it has filed innumerable design patents. Technologies
which Merchant & Gould have filed patents for include e-mail
applications, word processors, word completion, search functions,
video graphics and digital files.