Ruth Rivard counsels clients on obtaining, using, protecting, enforcing and licensing their intellectual property. Her practice includes patent, copyright, trademark and domain name enforcement and defense through litigation, mediation, arbitration, licensing, TTAB proceedings, DMCA takedown procedures, and UDRP actions. Ruth also routinely helps clients with brand strategy, the prosecution of federal and international trademark registrations, registration of copyrights, drafting and revising licensing agreements and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.
Ruth helps clients enforce their intellectual property rights and defend against legal claims brought by others through zealous representation with an eye towards practical resolution. Ruth represents plaintiffs and defendants in trademark and copyright litigation, as well as litigation involving deceptive and unfair trade practices. She also represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of patent infringement matters, including cases involving infant bedding, medical devices, health supplements, RFID in library management systems, oil recovery systems and methods in ethanol plants, building trade devices and software systems. Ruth appears in federal and state courts, including federal appellate proceedings. She also represents clients in AAA and FINRA alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Ruth assists clients in protecting their reputation through creative and thoughtful branding strategy, including trademark prosecution, both in the United States and internationally, and managing and maintaining trademark portfolios, ranging in size from a few registrations to several hundred.
Ruth is a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As a seasoned litigator and attorney admitted to practice before the USPTO, Ruth can serve as lead counsel in post-grant review and inter-partes review proceedings before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Ruth joined Stinson Leonard Street in 2006. Before joining Stinson Leonard Street, Ruth was a law clerk for Justice Sam Hanson of the Minnesota Supreme Court and for Chief 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.