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Theresa Stadheim is a registered patent attorney at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. Theresa’s practice involves writing and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of wireless technologies, military and government technology, cryptographic and secure systems,  computer architecture and programming, artificial intelligence and machine learning, memory devices, and oil and gas industry technologies. She is a 2010 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and received her Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University. Prior to becoming an attorney, Theresa worked as a designer of electrical, software and firmware systems for leading companies in the automotive industry and in the printing industry. Theresa is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer with certification in C++, C#, SQL Server, and System Architecture. She was also awarded the AIPLA Women in IP Law Woman to Watch Award in January of 2017. 

In her spare time she enjoys golfing and soccer. Theresa is also a ham radio operator with call sign NS9C.



University of Minnesota Law School
Minneapolis, MN, 2010, J.D.
Winner: Foley & Lardner 9th Annual IP Writing Competition
Winner: 2009-2010 ABA Antitrust Student
Writing Competition Participant, Intellectual Property Moot Court

Norwich University
Northfield, VT
B.S. Electrical Engineering
Focused on microcontroller-based design
Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Associations
Chair – AIPLA Patent Law Committee
ChIPs Minneapolis Co-Chair
MIPLA Board – Elected Director
AIPLA – Standards and Open Source Committee
AIPLA – IP Practice in Europe Committee
Patents and Standards: Practice, Policy, and Enforcement
Editorial Board & Lead Editor and Author of International Prosecution, May 2018

AIPLA, Mid-Winter Institute, March 2017

AIPLA, Women in IP Law, January 2017

AIPLA Law Committee Fall Newsletter, October 2016

AIPLA, October 2016

AIPLA Law Committee Newsletter, January 2016 

United States Claim Amendment Practice and Claim Interpretation: Varying Standards in Patent Prosecution, Inter Partes Review, and Patent Litigation

Teva v Sandoz: A New Standard for Appellate Review in Claim Construction

Public Domain: IP Committee Newsletter, Spring 2015

Software and Business Method Patents – Australia, China, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand

Co-author with Paik Saber (of IBM) for AIPLA 2014 Spring Meeting

Panel Report: A New Approach to Antitrust Remedies

Federal Civil Enforcement Committee of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law Newsletter, March-April 2011

Mercatus Group and Androgel: Potentially Expanding the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine

Federal Civil Enforcement Committee of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law Newsletter, May-June 2011

FTC Round Table Discussion: tools to Prevent Patent “Hold-Up” in SSOs

Federal Civil Enforcement Committee of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law Newsletter, July-August 2011

How KSR v. Teleflex Will Affect Patent Prosecution in the Electrical and Mechanical Arts

91 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 142 (February 2009) – this article has been cited in the Practitioners Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, 2011 edition, as well as in other law review articles

Rambus, N-Data, and the FTC: Creating Efficient Incentives in Patent Holders and Optimizing Consumer Welfare in Standards-Setting Organizations

19 Alb. L.J. Sci. & Tech. 483 (2009)

Speaking Engagements
Speaking Engagements

Should You Change How You Draft Applications in View of USPTO’s New Emphasis on §112 and Recent Case Law?
AIPLA Spring Meeting, May 2020

Claims-Drafting Workshop
AIPLA Patent Prosecution Boot Camp, May 2019

Practical Prosecution Tips in View of Recent Cases
56th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, November 13, 2018

AIPLA Delegation to Europe
Standards-Essential Patents, June 12, 2018

Claims-Drafting Workshop
AIPLA Patent Prosecution Boot Camp, February 2018

Partnering in Patents: Case Law and Legislative Updates 
October 18, 2017

AIPLA Hot Topics “How to Win at the Board on 101”
September 13, 2017

Strafford – Functional Claiming for Mechanical and Electrical Arts
Webinar September 7, 2017

Patentability of Software – AIPLA IP Practice in Europe Committee Meetings
June 12, 2017

AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute, March 2017

Claims Drafting Workshop
AIPLA Annual Meeting, October 2016

Functional Claiming
AIPLA IP Practice in London and Milan, June 2016

Lexmark v. Impression Products – Patent Exhaustion Issues
June 12, 2015 in Munich, Germany to the European Patent Institute
Co-speaker Sharon Israel

Latest Trends in EPO Practice: Amendment of Claims in the EPO and in the US
2015 AIPLA Spring Meeting