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Devan V. Padmanabhan - Minneapolis, MN

45 South 7th St.Suite 2315 Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Updated: 01/31/2022

Minneapolis Litigation Lawyer


For nearly thirty years, I have been helping clients reach their business goals. Whether in the courtroom, the Patent Office, or the boardroom, I will stand by you to protect your business by helping you enforce your technology rights or defend your right to use your technology...

About Devan V. Padmanabhan

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Owner

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • IP Contracts & Licensing
  • IP Consulting
  • Prosecution
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board Proceedings
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Technology Contract Litigation

Representative Cases

  • Cargill, Incorporated v. Salt Creek, Inc.
  • Sofamor Danek et al. v. Osteotech, Inc
  • Itron, Inc. v. CellNet Data Systems, Inc
  • CellNet Data Systems, Inc. v. Itron, Inc.


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1993
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (Member)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Member)
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (Member)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • I Can Patent 2 + 2 - Can You? Important Business Implications Posed by The Expanded Scope of Patent Protection After State Street, 1999 Computer Law Institute, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, 1999 - Present
  • Making Order Out of Chaos: Basic Patents, Intellectual Property 101, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, 2000 - Present
  • "Software Patents, Procuring and Enforcing", Patent Resources Group, 2001 - 2019
  • Taught patent law at William Mitchell, Hamline, and Univ. of St. Thomas for over ten years.

Past Positions

  • William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor, Intellectual Property Law, 1998 - 1999
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Partner, 1992 - 2012


  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1993
    Honors: cum laude
    Law Journal: Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Executive Editor, 1992 - 1993
  • Northwestern University, 1990
    Honors: Tau Betta Pi
    Honors: Eastman Kodak Scholar
    Major: Electrical Engineering

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Tau Beta Pi


Offers Free Initial Consultation

Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • "USPTO Accelerated Examination: A Pre-Litigation Strategy", Patent Strategy & Management, March, 2008
  • “Two views: Diagnostics firms may be worried but there are write arounds", MidCity News, 27 Mar, 2012

Office Information


45 South 7th St.Suite 2315 Minneapolis, MN 55402


Other Sources of Feedback About Devan V. Padmanabhan

Included on the 2023 Minnesota list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2002 Minnesota Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Devan V. Padmanabhan on Super Lawyers


  • Recommended in Intellectual Property – Chambers USA, 2017
  • Local Litigation Star – Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2015, 2019; Litigation – Patent, 2015-2019
  • IP Star – Managing IP, 2013-2018
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® – 2014-2018
  • Attorney of the Year – Minnesota Lawyer, 2013
  • Matteucci Technical Excellence Award Honorable Mention – “The ROI of IP,” 2012 Web Coating & Handling Conference

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