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Dan has won trials, secured expedited relief, and succeeded in securing multi-million dollar awards for his clients. He has represented clients ranging from individual inventors to the British Post Office, in cases involving a broad spectrum of technologies, from software, digital imaging, telecommunications and electronics to apparel, aerospace, printing, and materials handling.


He has obtained an "exceptional" case finding after trying a patent case to verdict, obtaining attorneys' fees and punitive damages affirmed on appeal. Dan's practice areas include: Patent litigation, copyright litigation, trademark/trade dress litigation and trade secret litigation with an emphasis on electronics, software, and Internet issues.


Dan chairs Merchant & Gould's Litigation Practice Group.

Dan has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the Leading Individuals in IP Litigation in Minnesota and is a Minnesota Law & Politics Super Lawyer. He has also achieved an AV peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.


Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 100%

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Merchant & Gould P.C.

80 South Eighth Street, 3200 IDS Center
Minneapolis, MN, 55402

80 S Eighth St #3200
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-2215



MNAuthorized to practice198507/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2014
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2013
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2012
Leading Individual in IP LitigationChambers USA2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News & World Report2012
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2011
Leading Individual in IP LitigationChambers USA2011
Leading Individual in IP LitigationChambers USA2011
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sr. Vice President, Executive CommitteeMerchant & Gould, P.C.1985 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
University of Minnesota Alumni AssociationNational Board Member2008 - 2008
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law AssociationChair, Patent Litigation/CAFC/ADR Committee1997 - 1998
AIPLAMember1986 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mostly Memories, Inc. v. For Your Ease Only, Increversed; fees awarded; counterclaims reinstated
Advantus Capital Management et al. v. Aetna, Inc.Preliminary injunction granted
Susan Maxwell v. J. Baker Meijer Inc., Pamida, Angel-Ettes of California, Dollar General, Family Dollar, et al.Willful patent infringement, fees double damages
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of MinnesotaElectrical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Corporate Intellectual Property InstituteIP Litigation Costs: Your Mileage May Vary2011
Corporate Intellectual Property InstituteEarly Damages Assessments in IP Infringement Matters: Gauging the Scope of the Risk Without Knowing All the Facts2010
AIPLA Advanced Patent Litigation Road ShowCo-Chaired Program and spoke on the strategic relationship between reexams and litigation2007