Elizabeth C. Buckingham

Elizabeth C. Buckingham

Minneapolis P +1 (612) 343-2178 F +1 (612) 340-8827



Liz Buckingham is recognized both globally and nationally as a leading trademark attorney. As the head of Dorsey's Trademark, Copyright, Advertising and Brand Management practice group, Liz has been recognized by the WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals which writes that she “stands head and shoulder above the rest.” Liz has also won acclaim for providing exceptional client service. In 2011 and 2013, the BTI Consulting Group, Inc. named her an “All Star-IP Attorney” on this basis.

Clients come to Liz for her no-nonsense, common sense approach to intellectual property matters. With over twenty-five years of experience, she understands how to develop branding, policing, and licensing strategies that maximize results through cost-effective means.

Liz and Dorsey client Heather Redmond have written a treatise entitled Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Practice: A Comprehensive Review, which is published by ALM Media.

Education & Admissions

Harvard Law School (J.D., 1988), Articles Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation, 1987-88

Smith College (B.A., Government, 1985), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh, Eighth and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the District of Minnesota


Representative Work

Representative Brand Management

  • Developed branding strategy for global rollout of new design and slogan for leading health care association.
  • Analyzed complex settlement agreement binding on subsidiary acquired by client in deal and advised on ways to stay within the coexistence provisions and avoid triggering the onerous license provisions of the agreement.
  • Counseled client on strategies to re-acquire ownership of trademark registrations based on inconsistent trademark filings and assignment recordals and a convoluted underlying settlement agreement.

Representative Enforcement

  • Obtained takedowns of numerous mobile apps, websites, and social media and email accounts that infringed copyright or trademark rights of food and beverage, health care, hospitality and retail store clients.
  • Southeast Clinical Nutrition Centers, Inc. v. Mayo Clinic (N.D. Ga.) (obtained dismissal of trademark infringement complaint including court’s denial of any chance by plaintiff to file an amended complaint).
  • Radisson Hotels International, Inc. v. Radisson Travels (obtained domain name from cybersquatter in Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy proceeding).
  • Edwards Lifesciences Corp. v. VigiLanz Corp. (TTAB published decision) (won dismissal of trademark opposition proceeding after trial).
  • General Cable Technologies Corp. v. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (TTAB) (won dismissal of trademark opposition proceeding after trial).

Representative Transactions

  • Represented Hillerich & Bradsby in connection with the sale to Wilson Sporting Goods of global brand, sales, and innovation rights relating to the LOUISVILLE SLUGGER mark, and related manufacturing and licensing arrangements.
  • Handled trademark aspects of Premium Waters, Inc. acquisition of "Nicolet" and "Water Joe" brands previously owned by Artesian Investments, Inc.
  • Represented Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. in the trademark aspects of its $340 million sale to a privately held German holding company.
  • Handles trademark aspects of acquisitions and financings for Gander Mountain Company and represents company in negotiation of trademark, software and sponsorship licenses.

News & Resources


45 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 and Best Lawyers of the Year
Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Eight Dorsey Attorneys Named 2014 IP Stars
Dorsey Represents Hillerich & Bradsby in Sale of Louisville Slugger Brand
Dorsey’s Trademark Lawyers Honored in World Trademark Review
How to Combat the Growing Problem of Cybersquatting, NRECA Legal Reporting Service
Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Chambers USA 2014 Ranks Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey Named One of Top Trademark Firms
Law360 Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Dorsey’s Liz Buckingham
Nine Dorsey Attorneys Named 2013 IP Stars
Dorsey’s Trademark Lawyers Honored by World Trademark Review
Dorsey Congratulates Elizabeth Buckingham, Sandra Edelman and Lisa Osman on Being Named to the IP Stars-Top 250 Women in IP
Dorsey IP Practice and Lawyers Rank High in 2013 Managing Intellectual Property Handbook
Dorsey’s Elizabeth Buckingham Named ‘Client Service All-Star’ By BTI Consulting
"GCs Pick 19 Topflight IP Attorneys," Law 360
Dorsey Ranked Highly in World Trademark Review Survey
The Ex Parte Appeal of a Refusal in the United States, Part Two: Strategies for a Successful Appeal, INTA Bulletin
The Ex Parte Appeal of a Refusal in the United States, Part One: Whether to File an Appeal, INTA Bulletin
TTAB or Federal Court: Where to Litigate a U.S. Trademark Dispute? Part Two: Civil Lawsuits in Federal Court, INTA Bulletin
TTAB or Federal Court: Where to Litigate a U.S. Trademark Dispute? Part One: Board Proceedings, INTA Bulletin
"Target's Patents Protect the Card," Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (discussing intellectual property holding companies)
"Gander Mountain gun school sued over use of 'academy' moniker," Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (explaining Gander's position in case)
"Corporate Counsel Name Favorite IP Lawyers," Law360 (sharing tips on how to provide excellent customer service)
Letters of Protest: An Attractive Alternative to a U.S. Opposition, INTA Bulletin
Eight Tips for Licensing Trademarks in a Web 2.0 World, INTA Bulletin

Events & Speaking Engagements

2007 Midwest IP Institute

Speaking Engagements

  • “Top Tips for Writing Cease and Desist Letters,” The Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, September 2014
  • "Tops Tips for TTAB Advocacy" with Chief Judge Gerard F. Rogers, The Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, September 2011
  • "Letters of Protest: Attractive Alternatives to U.S. Oppositions," Moderator, Roundtable Discussion, International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, May 2011
  • "IP Basics: What Every Business Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property," Dorsey & Whitney Client Presentation, June 2010
  • "Licensing Trademarks in a Web 2.0 World," Moderator, Roundtable Discussion, International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, May 2010
  • "Buyer (or Seller) Beware: The Problems You Want to Know About Now, IP Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions (the known unknowns)," Presentation to Dorsey M&A Attorneys, July 2008

Industries & Practices

  • Cooperative Law
  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • International Trademark Association – INTA Bulletin Committee, Features Subcommittee, Member, 2010 to 2013; Chair, 2014 to 2015
  • Twin Cities Business Magazine, Intellectual Property Advisory Committee, 2012
  • William Mitchell College of Law – Intellectual Property Law Clinic, Guest Lecturer, Spring 2010
  • Minnesota Continuing Legal Education – Member, Planning Committee, The Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, 2004-09
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Lawyers Association – Member

Community Involvement

  • Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church – Vice President, Hennepin Foundation; Chair, Administrative Council and Executive Committee, Member; Koinonia Partnership Task Force
  • WomenVenture – Board of Directors; Member, Executive Committee


Ranked in Chambers USA 2015 - Leading Individual   Ranked in Chambers USA 2014 - Leading Individual

  • Named one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (Intellectual Property), 2014-2015

  • Named as an "All Star-IP Attorney" for providing exceptional client service by the BTI Consulting Group, Inc., 2011 and 2013
  • Recognized as a Leading Practitioner in World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2013-2015
  • Listed in "Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing Intellectual Property, 2013
  • Recognized as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property Handbook, 2013-2014
  • Selected for the International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers, 2013-2014
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2010-2016
Elizabeth C. Buckingham