Lora Friedemann

USA: Minnesota

Fredrikson & Byron
200 South Sixth Street
Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1425

Tel: 612.492.7185

Email: lfriedemann@fredlaw.com
Web: www.fredlaw.com

Lora Friedemann is a trial lawyer focusing on intellectual property cases in federal courts. Clients and colleagues recognize Lora for her extraordinary range of experience and her effective advocacy in trademark, copyright and patent litigation.

Lora’s decades-long dedication to federal court practice started when she served as a federal law clerk and continued with service on the Federal Practice Committee, appointment to the Merit Selection Panels that recommend federal magistrate judges, and leadership roles in the Federal Bar Association. Lora uses her extensive knowledge of federal courts to help her clients achieve successful outcomes.

Lora leads the Intellectual Property Division at the firm, she is dedicated to client needs and is known for practical, business-focused advice.

  • Lora serves as lead counsel for the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson in litigation concerning the late superstar’s intellectual property assets. A skilled trial lawyer, Lora and her team recently obtained an award of nearly $4,000,000 in damages and attorney’s fees in an arbitration involving the unauthorized use of Prince music.
  • Lora represented the world’s leading medical products provider in a patent infringement suit against a new market entrant. In the case, Lora and her colleagues protected a patented technology representing $125 million in annual revenue. The case ended in a settlement that prevents the competitor from selling the accused product.
  • Lora has obtained quick dismissals of patent infringement lawsuits filed by non-practicing entities using motions to dismiss and petitions for inter partes review.
  • Often retained to protect important brands, Lora defended a large manufacturer in a trademark infringement lawsuit involving the company’s top-selling product. After obtaining a decision dismissing the damages claim, Lora and her team negotiated a settlement that secured her client’s rights in the mark.
  • Lora defended a Fortune 500 company in a copyright infringement lawsuit in Indiana. After Lora identified numerous obstacles to the plaintiff’s claim, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss the lawsuit.
  • Lora was a member of the winning trial team in a patent case in the Eastern District of Texas. Our client, a manufacturer of display stands, faced an opponent seeking $65 million in damages. Lora tried the damages portion of the case and convinced the jury to reject the exorbitant amount sought by the plaintiffs.
  • Lora served as lead counsel in a lawsuit against a knock-off of the iconic SPAM® brand. Lora and her team achieved a favorable settlement that required the opponent to change the design of the accused product.
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2018-present
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (membership by invitation only)
  • IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 2015-2019
  • World Trademark Review 1000 – Ranked as a leading trademark attorney, 2014 and 2016-2019
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer – Intellectual Property Litigation, 2019
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, North Star Lawyer, 2016
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, 2010
  • Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panels, 2010, 2013 and 2018
  • Implementation and Leadership for Federal Pro Se Project, 2011
  • President, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, 2009-2010
  • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, 2001-2012
  • Federal Practice Committee, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2006-2009
  • Founder and Chair, IP Litigation Group, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, 2005
  • Clerk, Judge John R. Tunheim, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1998

Our group acquires and protects clients’ critical intellectual property assets. We secure and enforce patents, trademarks and copyrights, and we help maximize the value of your intellectual property in business transactions. We also counsel clients with respect to avoiding infringement of the rights of others.

Our business clients range from individuals and small privately held business to Fortune 500 companies. Our clients have come to rely on our ability to navigate through the sometimes complex channels of the intellectual property legal scene. We have become adept at getting up to speed quickly and effectively in a technical field. The thoughtful attention we pay to clients and their changing needs often leads us to recognize better ways of serving them.

Fredrikson & Byron provides the following services:

  • Patent Applications
  • Patent Validity Analyses
  • Trademark Availability Searches
  • Trademark Registrations
  • Infringement Litigation
  • Copyright Registrations
  • Licensing and Technology Agreements
  • Clearance Procedures
  • Trade Secret Enforcement and Counseling
  • Intellectual Property Due Diligence
At Fredrikson & Byron, we’ve built a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet” by bringing business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to our work with clients, and by operating as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors.

A proactive, problem-solving mindset runs throughout our service areas, from our traditional legal areas of support like litigation, real estate, and intellectual property to our more consultative practices like government relations and health care consulting. It’s a mindset that enables us to understand and keep client objectives firmly in mind, and to anticipate and address problems before they arise. Our lawyers blend a common sense approach with in-the-field experience, and we utilize our firm’s strong reputation and our lawyers’ broad networks of business and industry contacts to get things done for clients.

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. was founded in Minneapolis in 1948. Since then, we’ve grown into an international firm of over 275 attorneys in over 30 practice areas.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we offer services to clients worldwide through our offices in Bismarck, Fargo, Des Moines, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China.


“Lora Friedemann is a trial lawyer whose IP practice encompasses trademark, copyright and patent litigation. Sources aver that she is “a very highly regarded lawyer.”
Chambers & Partners