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Nicholas S. Kuhlmann

Attorney at Law

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“Crafting compelling legal strategies from complex facts lies at the heart of my practice.”

Nick combines a technical background with extensive experience in intellectual property and commercial matters, from patent prosecution to litigation and trial.  Whether enforcing patent rights or protecting consumers, Nick advances his clients’ interests with an eye for detail and focus on concise, persuasive positions.  Nick represents clients in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and class action cases, including antitrust and other commercial claims.  

As a Registered Patent Attorney, Nick drafts and prosecutes cases primarily in the chemical, mechanical, and medical device fields.  He also advises clients in avoiding potential infringement and leveraging litigation alternatives, including Post-Grant proceedings.  

Nick has further experience in insurance litigation and coverage counseling, advising insurers regarding claims by Commercial General Liability policyholders.  He has assisted in making coverage determinations on indemnity and defense cost issues, engaged in pre-litigation counseling, negotiated cost share arrangements with multiple co-insurers and policyholders, and litigated coverage under property and homeowners’ policies.

Clients rely on Nick for his diversity of expertise and tenacity.  “Each case requires perspective as to what evidence to pursue and which arguments may prevail.”  While often seeking to negotiate settlements on favorable terms, he also is prepared to take cases to trial when necessary.  “Helping my clients achieve their goals is a tremendous source of satisfaction for me.”


Nick is a graduate of Marquette University Law School, where he was a Member and Editor of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review.  Nick has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics, graduating magna cum laude from the University of St. Thomas.  Prior to his legal career, Nick worked as an organic chemist at 3M, focused on polymer and small molecule synthesis and characterization.


Nick is a member of the Minnesota and Wisconsin State Bars and the Patent Bar, as well as the Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, and the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association.