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Experienced intellectual property attorney (also an inventor), in chemical and mechanical arts.  Trademark and copyright protection and infringement issues for both individual and corporate clients. Licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.


Languages spoken: French, Spanish, Igbo

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Practice areas


  1. Patent Application: 25%
    17 years
  2. Business: 20%
    15 years
  3. Intellectual Property: 20%
    17 years
  4. Trademark Application: 15%
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Essien Law Office, PLLC

245 Ruth Street North
Suite 201
St Paul, MN, 55119


MNAuthorized to practice200208/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Alumni Award of MeritWilliam Mitchell College of Law2002
License to Practice Before USPTOUS Patent and Trademark Office2002
Staff member - Law ReviewWilliam Mitchell College of Law2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/PrincipalEssien Law Office, PLLC2010 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Wisconsin, Stout2014 - 2016
IP Attorney, PartnerFondungallah Kigham & Essien, LLC2006 - 2010
Patent AttorneyBlackwell Igbanugo Pa2004 - 2006
IP AttorneyLarkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssocationMember2002 - Present
Minnesota Association of Black LawyersVice President2002 - Present
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Skyline Displays, Inc. d/b/a Skyline Exhibits v. Hangzhou Skyi Display Equipment Co., Ltd.Domain Name transfer affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
MIPLA New MatterImplementation of the Madrid Protocol2003
MN LawyerUS Accedes to the Madrid Protocol2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of OklahomaChemical EngineeringB.S.ChE1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Doing Business in NigeriaLegal Aspects of Doing Business in Nigeria2013
Business IncubationReviewing Nigeria's IP Rights in Business Incubation and IT2011
AUST PresentsTechnology Transfer and IP rights2009
Minnesota IP InstituteIntellectual Property Ethics2008