Garrett M. Weber

Of Counsel

weberg@ballardspahr.com
Tel 612.371.3296
Fax 612.371.3207
Minneapolis

Garrett Weber's trademark practice focuses on brand protection and emphasizes branding strategy, clearance, trademark registration process, and exceptional service. He works with companies across numerous industries, such as food, technology, retail, and consumer products. He works with clients to develop a common sense, strategic approach to protecting their brands and ensuring that they are as strong as possible.

In addition to protecting his client’s brands through the trademark registration process, Garrett also works to protect the brands against infringers through administrative and court proceedings. He has handled and successfully resolved numerous disputes before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Garrett also has experience in all areas of intellectual property, including trade secrets, copyrights, and patent litigation.

Representative Experience

  • Trademark counsel for Angie's Boom Chicka Pop, a fast-growing Minnesota-based snack food company, and worked to secure new trademark registrations for product expansions and rebranding.
  • Maintains and protects an extensive brand and trademark portfolio for Performance Food Group, one of the nation’s largest foodservice distributors.
  • Launched an international brand protection strategy for a personal care products company as part of an international product expansion.
  • Protected the key brand name of a national sporting goods retailer against a competitor, and strengthened the brand by securing trademark registrations.
  • Secured federal trademark rights to support an expansion strategy for Wealth Enhancement Group, a wealth management company expanding nationally with new offices.

Professional Activities

Midwest IP Institute, Planning Committee Member, Author, and Speaker

American Marketing Association

International Trademark Association (INTA), Committee Member, Roundtable Host

Publications

“‘Exceptional’ Patent Case Standard: Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness; Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Management System, Inc.” Chapter 4, IP Manual, Midwest IP Institute, January 2014

Speaking Engagements

“Playing a Bad Hand: Strategies for Protecting Weak Trademarks,” Midwest IP Institute, September 1, 2014

“Whose Content Is It Anyway?,” Host, INTA Roundtable, October 1, 2013

“Domain Names & Trademarks: UDRP Fundamentals in the Context of Real-World Cases,” Midwest IP Institute, September 1, 2011

Community Activities

William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law), Adjunct Professor (Trademark Law) (2003-2009)

William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) (J.D. 1996, summa cum laude)
Co-Valedictorian

University of Minnesota (B.A. 1993, magna cum laude)

Admissions

Minnesota

U.S. Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court