About Paul Godfread

Paul Godfread

My practice focuses on intellectual property and business law. I work with businesses of all sizes to protect their trademarks and copyrights as well as to help them with litigation, or better yet, to avoid litigation altogether. Before law school I worked in IT, so I’m a bit of a geek. I can help you with a new trademark application, a copyright lawsuit, a domain name dispute, and drafting license agreements. I enjoy a challenge and figuring out better ways to solve legal problems.

I’m an adjunct faculty member at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and have taught Copyright Law, Trademark Law, IP Appellate Advocacy, and coached a variety of IP Moot Court teams.


B.A., Saint Olaf College
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota Supreme Court
District of Minnesota
District of North Dakota
District of Colorado
Western District of Wisconsin

Memberships and Professional Affiliations:

International Trademark Association (INTA)
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
Minnesota State Bar Association – Computer and Technology Law Section
American Bar Association – Cyberspace Law Committee Member
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

Community Service and Involvement:

Electronic Frontier Foundation – Volunteer attorney
Dayton’s Bluff District Council – Board Member 2004-2010
Springboard for the Arts – Pro Bono Assistance


“Law and Social Media” with Kelcey Patrick-Ferree, JMU612, April 5, 2012.

“Cyberbullying Trends and Legal Implications” with Julie Hertzog, Joint presentation of the MSBA Computer & Technology Law and Children and the Law Sections, November 9, 2010.

“Staying Legal Online: A Guide to Internet Law” International Association of Business Communicators, MN Chapter, October 21, 2010.

“Copyright Law and DRM: Challenges of eBooks for Libraries” Hennepin County Libraries, August 12, 2010.

“Fixating on Copyrights” Ignite Minneapolis. April 22, 2009.

“Click Agree to Continue: Internet Exceptionalism in Contract Law” with Jeff Anderson, MSBA Computer and Technology Law Section Meeting, March 10, 2009.


Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, 2nd Ed. Chapter 3: “Trademarks, Marketing, and Advertising” with Cheryl Balough and Kristine Dorrain. edited by Juliet M. Moringiello. ABA Business Law Section (2012).

Bringing John Doe To Court: Procedural Issues in Unmasking Anonymous Internet Defendants, with Robert G. Larson, 38 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 328 (2012).

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Recent Developments in Section 230 Immunity Cases, 67 Bus. Law. 369 (2011).

Developments in Domain Names, co-authored with Kristine Dorrain, 66 Bus. Law. 221 (2010).

“Watch” Out for the First Sale Doctrine: Costco v. Omega, MIPLA New Matter Newsletter, June 2010.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Legal Handbook Chapter: Intellectual Property, co-authored with Maureen Ventura, 2010.

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Domain Names, co-authored with Kristine Dorrain, 65 Bus. Law. 251 (2009)