Ruth serves as counselor, protector and enforcer for her client's intellectual property rights, providing strategic and thoughtful advice and zealous representation in court with an eye towards clients' business goals and practical resolution.

Overview

An intellectual property attorney and litigator, Ruth provides hands-on advice to clients regarding obtaining, using, licensing, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

As a trial lawyer, Ruth represents clients as both defendant and plaintiff in federal courts, federal appellate courts, and AAA alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She has represented clients in a wide array of industries such as agribusiness, children's products, insurance, life sciences, healthcare, media and advertising.

One client notes that "Ruth is a 'wonderful lawyer' who is adept at contentious combat. 'I have so much respect for how she handles things and so much confidence in her reasoning, practical marketplace counsel and business nous'" (World Trademark Review, The World's Leading Trademark Professionals 2017).

Ruth’s counsel encompasses creative and thoughtful branding, marketing and advertising strategy, including trademark clearance and registration, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Experience

Experienced in multiple jurisdictions, Ruth has served as lead or co-counsel in intellectual property litigation in Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Maryland.

She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement matters, including cases concerning infant bedding, medical devices, health supplements, RFID in library management systems, oil recovery systems and methods in ethanol plants, building trade devices, hunting accessories and software systems.

Ruth represents both plaintiffs and defendants in trademark and trade dress infringement cases, including cases related to such industries as apparel, food products and insurance products.

She has advised artists, publishers and authors on copyright, rights of publicity and right of privacy, and has counseled clients regarding false advertisement issues and media content licensing.

Ruth helps clients maintain, protect and exploit their intellectual property assets through TTAB proceedings, DMCA takedown procedures, UDRP actions, registration of copyrights, drafting and revising licensing agreements and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.

She manages and maintains trademark portfolios, ranging in size from a few registrations to several hundred, managing a trademark portfolio of over 1,000 active registrations for multiple clients.

Before joining Stinson, Ruth was a law clerk for Justice Sam Hanson of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Prior to entering into the legal profession, Ruth was a stay-at-home mom, a volunteer elementary school art teacher and a soccer coach for her five children.

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Speaking Engagements

"The Year in Copyright Law – Noteworthy Decisions and Their Impact on Your Practice," Minnesota CLE, Midwest IP Institute, 2018 

"A Day in the Life of In-House Counsel," Minnesota CLE, Midwest IP Institute, 2017

"The Year in Copyright Law: Garcia v. Google, the Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy and More," Minnesota CLE Midwest IP Institute, 2015

"The Year in Copyright Law: Aereo, Petrella and More," Minnesota CLE, Midwest IP Institute, 2014

Recognitions

Recognitions

Recognized by World Trademark Review 1000, Minnesota 2017-2019

Selected for inclusion as a Super Lawyer®-Rising Star

Received firm award for Pro Bono Service to the Indigent

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Federal Bar Association

International Trademark Association (INTA)

Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna IP Inn of Court

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registered Patent Attorney

Education

William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

  • William Mitchell Law Review, Assistant Editor

Purdue University, B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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