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Melinda S. Giftos

Melinda S. Giftos

also known as Mindi Giftos

Practice areas:

Litigation, Intellectual Property, Licensing

Melinda Giftos

About Me

Creativity.  Innovation.  Break thoughs.  These are the elements that drive our world forward.  I am fortunate enough to work with the people that make interesting and exciting things happen every day.  I enjoy working with my clients to help them pursue not only their dreams, but also to build strong, positioned businesses.  I specialize in identifying, registering, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Intellectual Property: 40%
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. Licensing: 20%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Sverre David Roang

    I endorse this lawyer's work wholeheartedly and unequivocally. Mindi is a great lawyer and a great person.

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    Sverre Roang Corporate & Incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

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    Roisin Bell Lawsuits & Disputes Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, SC

33 East Main Street
Suite 300
Madison, WI, 53703-4655

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WIGood Standing200503/26/2015
FLMember in Good Standing200005/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Book Award in Intellectual Property LitigationUniversity of Florida Levin College of Law2000
Book Award in Techniques in Growth ManagementUniversity of Florida Levin College of Law1999

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Office Managing ExecutiveWhyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.2015 - Present
Technology Law Team LeaderWhyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.2015 - Present
Shareholder/AttorneyWhyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC2008 - Present
AttorneyIntellectual Property & Business Contract Attorney2001 - 2004
AttorneyDraughon Professional Association2000 - 2001

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
StEPP - Student Expulsion and Prevention ProjectPro bono attorney2015 - Present
CATCH - Community Around the Children's HospitalMember2014 - Present
Wisconsin State Bar Intellectual Property & Technology Law SectionBoard Member2014 - 2015
100+ Women Who Care - MadisonMember2014 - Present
YWCA MadisonYWomen Lead Series2013 - 2014
Girls on the Run of Dane CountyBoard of Directors, Chair2011 - Present
UW E-Business ConsortiumMarketing Steering Committee2011 - 2012
Girls on the Run Cottage GroveLocal Founder and Head Coach2010 - Present
Avenues to CommunityDirector and President of Board of Directors2008 - 2013
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2008 - Present
Wisconsin Intellectual Property AssociationMember2008 - Present
International Trademark AssociationMember2008 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
IB In Business Legal LoginWhy You Need Cyberinsurance2015
In Business Legal LoginAre your online privacy policies and terms of use enforceable?2014
Madison MagazineA Q&A with Mindi Giftos2014
Shoutlet5 Trending Questions on Social Media and the Law2014
In Business Legal LoginCanada’s anti-spam law is in effect; are you compliant?2014
In Business Legal Login10 things you need to know about promotions and contests2014
In Business Legal LoginIs open source software right for your company?2014
In Business Legal Login7 Things Corporate Management Needs to Know About Data Privacy and Security2013
WHD SpotlightImplications of Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc.: A Covenant Not to Sue May Render Counterclaims of Invalidity Moot2013
Today's TMJ4New Photo App Raises Concerns About Kids Sending Inappropriate Pictures2013
In Business Legal LoginProfessional of the Week - Mindi Giftos2013
WTN NewsSafeguards for trademark owners in the launch of gTLDs2013
In Business Legal LoginWhat you need to know about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act amendments2013
In Business Legal LoginHas IT Made Patient Privacy a Thing of the Past?2013
The Herald IndependentGirls on the Run a Success in Cottage Grove2012
Biz Times.com: Milwaukee Business NewsWho owns your company's social media accounts?2012
(Wisconsin Technology Network) WTN NewsUntangling Fair Use: When is it Acceptable to Use Another’s Work Without a License?2012
Salty Running BlogContributing Writer2012
The Business Suit (DRI, Defense Research Institute)What You Need to Know About Pending Legislation and Recent Updates Relating to Consumer Privacy Laws2012
IP SpotlightUntangling Fair Use: When is it Acceptable to Use Another’s Work Without a License?2012
WHD Special ReportBeware of Unofficial Solicitations Regarding Your Trademarks & Domain Names2012
WHD ForethoughtStrategic Planning For Marketing in the Social Media Age2011
WHD BlogIt is Almost Time to Block Your Trademark From the .XXX Domain Registry2011
The Business Suit (DRI, Defense Research Institute)Patent Marking Litigation Continues to Move Full Steam Ahead2010
IP SpotlightTips for Effectively Using Open Source Software2010
WHD Special ReportsAre You Aware of the New FTC Advertising Guidelines?2010
WTN NewsKeyword advertising: An important marketing tool or a potential minefield?2010
Credit Union MagazineTips for Effectively Using Your Trademarks2009
Wisconsin Technology Network NewsBeware of Trademark Registry Scams2009
Wisconsin Technology NetworkHow Proprietary is Your Confidential Information?2008
The Capitol Region Business JournalProtect Your Products Against Counterfeiting2008
Credit Union MagazineProtecting Your Brand2008
WHD IP SpotlightEffective Branding With Color2008
IP FrontlineRegistering, Maintaining and Protecting Your Trademark Rights2008

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
U of FloridaN/AJuris Doctorate2000
Florida State UniversityN/ABachelor of Science1996

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
UWEBC E-Retails's RetreatWhat You Need to Know in the Law - Legal Update for Direct Marketers2014
Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada)Legal Implications of Open Source Software2014
General Counsel Special Interest GroupBig Data2014
ARE YOUR ONLINE AND MOBILE POLICIES UP TO PAR?Online Practices and Policies2014
MBA Course on E-BusinessLaw 101: E-Business Law2013
Identifying and Protecting Intellectual PropertyInterplay between Social Media and Intellectual Property2013
2013 MGMA Annual ConferenceRisks and Recommendations for Electronic Communication2013
Women's Student Law AssociationWSLA Panel - A Day in the Life of a Woman Lawyer2012
UWEBC Fall E-Merchant Peer Group Retreat2012 Legal Update: What E-Commerce Companies Need to Know Now.2012
University of Wisconsin - MadisonTop Legal Issues for E-Commerce Business2012
MCA-I Madison MeetingTop 15 Intellectual Property Myths2012
UWEBC Web & Multichannel Marketing Peer GroupCustomers & Privacy2011
The False Patent Marking “Goldrush,” and How to Steer Clear of Prospectors"False Patent Marking2011
Social Media & The LawMarketing with Social Media2011
Launching Successful Promotions Across ChannelsTop Legal Considerations for Running Online Promotions2011
WHD Breakfast SeriesStaying Ahead of the Legal Curve While Creating and Building an Internet Presence2010
UWEBC E-Merchant RetreatTop Legal Updates E-Commerce Companies Need to Know2010
Shoutlet WebinarFacebook & Social Media Legal Considerations2010
MCA-I Marketing and Communications with Social MediaThe Legal Side of Social Media2010
Interactive Marketing Council TeleconferenceManaging the Legal Aspects of Social Media and Internet Marketing2010
Fox Valley Executives SummitLegal Issues Executives Need to Consider with Internet Marketing Strategies2010
UW E-Business Consortium Web & Multichannel Marketing Peer GroupExceed at Interactive Social Media While Avoiding, or at least Mitigating, the Legal Pitfalls2009
WWW.BUSINESS.COM: What Every Business LawyerRecent Developments in the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Cyberspace2000