Norman Abramson

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Norman Abramson advises clients in building their brands, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other intellectual property assets as well as maintaining, protecting, and defending them. Norman has substantial experience in disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, false advertising, unfair competition, patent, patent inventorship, and other IP-based litigation. In addition to his IP work, Norman has substantial experience in the areas of trust & estate litigation, trustee disputes, accountings, will contests, and other probate proceedings.

Experience

  • In re Estate of Leonard Marihart (Big Stone County, MN 2014): successfully tried case on behalf of personal representative to construe will so that the terms “children” and “descendants” reflected testator’s intent to devise his estate to his step-children
  • In re Trust of Lytton Shields (Ramsey County, MN 2014): successfully tried case to terminate a trust on behalf of surviving grandchild by petitioning that a claimed measuring life for the trust was ambiguous and violated the Rule Against Perpetuities and was therefore invalid
  • Lisa Snyder et al v. Heidi Freeman (Hennepin County, MN 2014): matter involving the establishment of a constructive trust over real property deeded to one sister by donor for the disputed benefit three sisters
  • Leighton Enterprises, Inc. v. BWP Media USA, Inc. (W. D. Wis. 2014) copyright infringement matter involving photographs posted on website
  • In Re Pamela Andreas Stisser Grantor Trust Under the Second Amendment and Restatement of Trust Agreement Dated June 6, 2001, A10-1646 (Minn. 2012) (represented at trial and before Supreme Court trustee’s opposition to multi-million dollar claims by the personal representative of decedent’s estate)
  • Lucky Break Wishbone Corp. v. Sterling Jewelers, Inc., et al., (D. Minn. 2011) (dispute involving the use of a copyrighted work in a television advertisement)
  • Saul Zaentz Co. v. Wozniak Travel, Inc., 627 F.Supp.2d 1096 (N.D. Cal. 2008) (lead counsel in successful defense of trademark infringement and dilution claims brought by producers of Lord of Rings movies against travel agency that operates under the name Hobbit Travel)
  • Clam Corp., Inc. v. Innovative Outdoor Solutions, Inc., 2008 WL 5244845, 89 U.S.P.Q.2d 1314 (D. Minn. 2008) (lead counsel in opposing trade dress infringement claim based on the plaintiff’s registration of a color blue for ice fishing shelters)
  • Kia Motors America, Inc. v. Autoworks Distributing, 2009 WL 499543, 90 U.S.P.Q.2d 1598 (D. Minn. 2009) (represented plaintiff in gray market/counterfeiting unfair competition matter regarding auto parts sold under plaintiff’s trademarks)
  • Convey Compliance Systems, Inc. v. 1099 Pro., Inc., 443 F.3d 327 443 F.3d 327 (4th Cir. 2006) (successfully prosecuted breach of contract claims and defended trademark infringement and cyber-squatting claims)
  • Stern v. Columbia University, 434 F.3d 1375 (Fed. Cir. 2006) (patent inventorship dispute)
  • Cieslukowski v. Norton Motorcycles, et al., 2002 WL 31045846 (D. Minn. 2002) (trial addressing successor liability and remedies for transferring trademarks post trial to avoid judgment creditors)
  • In re Williams Trust, 631 N.W.2d 398 (Minn. App. 2001); 2000 WL 1920038 (Minn. Dist. Ct. 2000) 591 N.W.2d 743 (Minn. App. 1999) (significant trial and appellate decisions on duties of trustee, damages for breach of trust and use of attorney/client privilege for lawyers representing trust)
  • Heidi Ott v. Target et al., 153 F.Supp.2d 1055 (D. Minn. 2001) (significant case addressing misuse of trade dress, unfair competition, and false advertising)
  • Entegris, Inc. v. ReSource America, et al. (2004) (represented defendant in business method patent infringement matter)
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