The attorneys at Patterson Thuente IP are themselves original thinkers and innovators. As champions of good ideas both in and out of the courtroom, they bring diverse viewpoints and knowledge derived from a spectrum of scientific and technological disciplines, all focused on crafting bespoke solutions for clients in Minnesota and around the world.
In a time of rapid global change, the need for reliable counsel and strategic litigation is greater than ever before. Rather than reacting to events taking place in the business environment, Patterson Thuente is anticipating change and placing its clients ahead of the trends with prudent advice and decisive plans of action. In order to deliver these services on demand, the firm is expanding, investing in people with an emphasis on human diversity, varied skills and a passion for novel ideas.
Jeffer Ali is the firm’s litigation practice chair and one of four attorneys who joined Patterson Thuente in 2021. A doctor of pharmacy, who practiced in the field prior to entering the legal profession, Ali brings real-world insights and more than 25 years of litigation experience to matters spanning patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets disputes for innovative technology companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, software and manufacturing sectors.
According to Ali, the firm’s commitment to expanding the litigation department was one of the key factors that brought him to Patterson Thuente. “We get great support from management, but also a lot of discretion and autonomy in terms of what resources we need and how to structure the department. I knew Jim (Patterson) before, and when I met the rest of management, I was impressed by their commitment to litigation. We have a deep bench of subject matter expertise within the firm and a good client base, both domestic and international. We get a lot of interesting litigation and enforcement-related work from institutional clients as well as new clients. The other main reason for coming here was to work with smart people in the subject matter areas in which we practice. It was combination of those things that attracted me.”
Thus far, Ali manages three IP litigation associates – Nicholas Kuhlmann, Ariel Howe and Kyle Doerrler. Each of these attorneys brings a unique and valuable skillset to the firm.