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Background

Ann Motl is a patent litigation associate in the Minneapolis office of Fish & Richardson. Ann’s clerkship experience gives her a unique ability to manage litigation pretrial matters and motion practice in federal district court. Ann’s engineering background allows her to serve clients in a variety of technical areas including automotive engineering, oil and gas, and telecommunications.  Ann also has experience in design patent litigation and has practiced before the International Trade Commission.

Ann is actively involved in the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  She recently served as one of the Newer Lawyer Committee co-chairs and as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Additionally, she has served as a volunteer attorney through the Minnesota Chapter’s Pro Se Project, representing a pro se client in a Social Security disability appeal.  She has also represented pro bono clients in housing and habeas matters.

Prior to joining Fish, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for a two-year term for Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Education

University of Minnesota Law School 2015
J.D.
cum laude


University of St. Thomas 2012
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
magna cum laude

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Minnesota 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Clerkships

United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, The Honorable Hildy Bowbeer, 2015 - 2017

Memberships & Affiliations

Co-Chair of the Newer Lawyers Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Other Distinctions

Recognized as a 2018 “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Publications

Minnesota Patent Litigation Wrap-Up – June and July 2019,” Fish Litigation Blog, (August 21, 2019).

Trade Secret Protection for Customer Lists: A Checklist,” Fish Litigation Blog, (June 25, 2019).

Minnesota Patent Litigation Wrap-Up – May 2019,” Fish Litigation Blog, (June 20, 2019).

Best Practices for Proving Proportionality in Motions to Compel,” Fish Litigation Blog, (December 29, 2017).

Inter Partes Review: Ensuring Effective Patent Litigation Through Estoppel,” Minnesota Law Review, 99 Minn. L. Rev. 1975 (2015).

“Policy Tools for Stimulating Innovation and Access to Technologies for Developing Countries,” Journal of Engineering and Public Policy (August 2012).

Presentations

“Patent Law Primer for Clerks and New Attorneys,” Panelist, Federal Bar Association (December 11, 2018 – Minneapolis).

“Demystifying and Destigmatizing Social Security Disability Income Appeals,” Panelist, Federal Bar Association (June 27, 2018 – Minneapolis).

“What Judicial Law Clerks Wish You Knew: Lessons and Cautionary Tales from Recent Law Clerks in the District of Minnesota,” Co-speaker, Patents on Tap (December 14, 2017 – Minneapolis).

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