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Martha EngelMartha Engel
Martha J. Engel
60 South Sixth Street
Suite 2700
Minneapolis, MN 55402
P 612.843.5834
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I relish the opportunity to find a creative solution for clients and to look at a problem from a different perspective. I even fought a T-Rex in an unconventional way that resulted in a financial benefit for the client. 
I will fight for you the same way – and with the flexibility Best & Flanagan can offer.

Martha protects and enforces intellectual property with a practical, phased approach.  As an engineer, she is a strategic, out-of-the box thinker.  She looks at problems from various angles prior to communicating a recommendation.  She provides a recommended IP strategy, while providing actions the client may also want to consider.

She has advised companies from craft breweries to medical device manufacturers on their intellectual property assets and certain regulatory issues.  She counsels clients on all matters related to intellectual property, including clearing trademarks, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, obtaining and enforcing trademark rights, and conducting due diligence reviews regarding intellectual property in corporate transactions such as M&A.

Additionally, Martha has served as general counsel for a global medical device company with extensive experience with employment issues, data privacy, contract review, M&A, and other corporate activities.  She can provide external outside general counsel advice.

Martha has extensive experience protecting brands for breweries, wineries, and distilleries nationally.  She received an Up & Coming Attorney of the Year award for her creative approach to a trademark dispute between The Field Museum and her client Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, who has a nationally recognized beer PseudoSue with a dinosaur on the label.  The Field Museum has a T-Rex fossil named Sue.  Martha found that The Field Museum had a bar with other beers on tap and worked with The Field Museum and the client to get PseudoSue on tap there, merchandise in their shop, and The Field Museum’s logo on PseudoSue labeling in a manner that was financially beneficial to the museum and to the brewery.

  • Represented nationally recognized brewery in trademark dispute with The Field Museum, resulting in a cross-licensing arrangement that increased revenue growth for the brewery and The Field Museum, with the beer now available on tap at the museum.
  • Represented local cidery in trademark dispute against Marvel over a brand attributed to a superhero that resulted in the cidery continuing to use its mark.  
  • Grew a technology company’s patent portfolio by over 200% year-over-year in 2020.  
  • Represented global medical device company in divestment of commercial products, resulting in a transformation of the company into a leading research & development company.
Related Practices
William Mitchell College of Law, 2008, J.D.

Law Review, Dean's List, Trustees Scholarship, MIPLA Scholarship

Marquette University, 2004, B.S.M.E.

Mechanical Engineering, Dean's List, Honors Program, College of Engineering Scholarship, Ignatius Scholarship

State of Minnesota
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Spanish (Conversant)
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Professional Associations
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Anti-Counterfeiting Committee (2014-2015)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • Executive Committee - MN Section (2011-2016)
    • Secretary - MN Section (2012-2013)
    • Vice Chair - MN Section (2013-2014)
    • Chair - MN Section (2014 - 2016)
Community Associations
  • Smart North, Advisory Board Member
  • Minnesota State University, Women in Leadership Advisory Board Member
  • Highland District Council Representative (2011-2013)
  • Convent of the Visitation School, Mendota Heights, MN, Alumni President (2012-2015), Alumni Vice President (2011-2012)
Awards & Recognition
  • Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2018
  • Top Author, JD Supra, 2017
  • Young Engineer of the Year, ASME-MN, 2014
After Hours

I enjoy all kinds of puzzles – jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, logic problems and the KenKen in the Sunday NY Times.  I have a passion for learning – whether that is a new recipe, a new repair skill, or Tibetan history based on the most recent book I read.  I also collect street art pieces from Lister, Blu, and Miss Van, and enjoy visiting museums or seeing local art wherever I travel. My heart is in St. Paul, and I also have a strong affinity for my adopted hometown Milwaukee (Bucks in six!).  My weekends are spent mostly outdoors golfing or trying new foods with my boyfriend Chris, walking with my dog Ruth, or at the cabin with family.

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