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Melinda S. Giftos

Privacy Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   1 review

also known as Mindi Giftos

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About Melinda

Learn Melinda’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Intellectual property
    I specialize in trademarks, unfair competition, copyrights, domain names, trade secrets, anti-counterfeiting, defamation, publicity rights, and non-competition. I also have a keen interest in legal aspects of emerging technology, advertising and social media.

  2. Licensing
    I have experience in preparing and negotiating a broad range of commercial agreements, both domestic and international, such as intellectual property licenses and assignments, distributor agreements, confidentiality agreements, entertainment agreements, advertising agreements, production agreements, promotion agreements, sponsorship agreements, agency agreements, software development and licensing agreements, software as a service agreements, non-compete agreements, and joint venture agreements

  3. Litigation
    I have experience with copyright infringement, trademark infringement, patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation and litigation matters involving licensing and data.

  4. Privacy
    I assist clients with data privacy and security issues in contracting, preparedness programs and breach response.

Creativity.  Innovation.  Break throughs.  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.  I also help companies protect and leverage their valuable data.

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Licensed for 22 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 03/05/2023
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 02/23/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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


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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2009
Compassionate and Caring
Melinda was retained by my husband regarding confidentiality agreement that put my husband's start date with a new company on hold. She provided excellent customer service and was extremely compassionate and caring during a very stressful time.


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Work Experience

  • Office Managing Executive
  • Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Technology Law Team Leader
  • Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Shareholder/Attorney
  • Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Intellectual Property & Business Contract Attorney
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Draughon Professional Association
  • 2000 - 2001
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  • U of Florida
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2000
  • Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1996


  • StEPP - Student Expulsion and Prevention Project
  • Pro bono attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • 100+ Women Who Care - Madison
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • CATCH - Community Around the Children's Hospital
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Girls on the Run of Dane County
  • Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • 2011 - Present
  • Girls on the Run Cottage Grove
  • Local Founder and Head Coach
  • 2010 - Present
  • International Trademark Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Wisconsin Intellectual Property Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Wisconsin State Bar Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • YWCA Madison
  • YWomen Lead Series
  • 2013 - 2014
  • UW E-Business Consortium
  • Marketing Steering Committee
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Avenues to Community
  • Director and President of Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Book Award in Intellectual Property Litigation
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • 2000
  • Book Award in Techniques in Growth Management
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • 1999
  • Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society
  • Wisconsin Access to Justice
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • General Counsel Special Interest Group
  • Big Data
  • 2014
  • MBA Course on E-Business
  • Law 101: E-Business Law
  • 2013
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Top Legal Issues for E-Commerce Business
  • 2012
  • The False Patent Marking “Goldrush,” and How to Steer Clear of Prospectors"
  • False Patent Marking
  • 2011
  • WWW.BUSINESS.COM: What Every Business Lawyer
  • Recent Developments in the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Cyberspace
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Melinda
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently read an article she co-wrote on copyright law and the Fair Use Doctrine. Mindi has an ability to clearly explain a very specific area of business law - a unique and admirable talent that surely serves her clients well."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mindi on several matters related to both intellectual property and commercial litigation. I have found her to be extremely competent and thorough. More importantly, I believe that she excels in always placing the client's interests first."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work wholeheartedly and unequivocally. Mindi is a great lawyer and a great person."
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