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About Merchant & Gould P.C.

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

Micro(soft) Managers

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.

Merchant & Gould P.C.

3200 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 332-3000

Firm Stats

Managing Director, Chairman, CEO: Brian H. Batzli
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
50 - 100

Base Salary

1st year: $125,000
Summer associate: $2,200/week

Employment Contact

Megan Friedrich
Recruiting Manager
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 371-5259

Major Office Locations

Minneapolis, MN (HQ)
Atlanta, GA
Denver, CO
Knoxville (Alcoa), TN
Madison, WI
New York, NY
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Energy
Chemical Engineering
Chemical and Life Sciences
Copyright Protection
Electrical Engineering
Entertainment Law
Food Industry
Global Generic Pharmaceuticals
Internet Law
Post Grant Patent
Research Organization Collaborative
Software Engineering
Technology Transactions