William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1983

University of Minnesota, B.A., 1976, Magna Cum Laude

St. Paul Area Vocational Institute, 1984

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Jerry Helget is the firm’s senior Intellectual Property attorney. He is a licensed patent attorney of 32 years through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and practices principally in the areas of: 

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Trade dress
  • Licensing
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Copyrights
  • Trade secrets and related matters

Jerry has been practicing in intellectual property since 1983. He has a strong technical background in mechanical, electro-mechanical, digital electronics, communications, biotechnology, medical, automotive, dental, food, heavy equipment, sports, outdoor, toy, building, fluid and air handling, petroleum, jewelry and chemical technologies. He has a special interest in products and services related to the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

Experienced in researching, preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark and copyright applications, Jerry has prosecuted to issuance more than 1,000 patents in the U.S. alone and has prosecuted and currently maintains over 590 trademark registrations. Jerry has successfully enforced the legalities of many U.S. patents for numerous clients. He is astute in contract negotiations and enforcement litigation and has been involved in more than 38 U.S. District Court infringement actions. Jerry also is a successful patent and trademark holder personally, with several commercial business enterprises. Jerry also does significant international patent and trademark prosecution throughout the world. Jerry currently manages more than 210 foreign patents and more than 127 foreign trademark registrations with an extensive network of foreign patent and trademark attorneys and agents.

Jerry’s representative patent experience includes work in the following industries: outdoor, gun, archery and hunting products; pet supplies, inflated toys, strollers and trailer covers; landscaping; mouth guards; building and construction components and tools; jewelry; medical prosthetics and catheters; agriculture and horticulture ventilation; balloons and novelties; painting/staining, tools, sprayers and supplies; ceiling tiles; heavy duty demolition equipment; asphalt compositions and concrete; toys; gas permeation; optical disc/data storage libraries; fluid displacement pumps; printing; pharmaceuticals; beer production; water and waste treatment; physical and data security; foods and packaging.

Much time, money and development goes into thousands of products each year. These products must be patented and trademarked to secure a client’s niche in the IP industry and to hinder competition from copying the client’s products and trade names. Patents, trademarks and copyrights are a starting point. Many products are patentable and need a federal trademark registration for marketing. If you are the first to think of an idea, then you have the right to claim, manufacture and sell your product exclusively. Jerry possesses strong connections in the manufacturing, licensing and marketing industries in the United States and abroad, offering clients an extensive network and full range of national and international business legal services.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Jerry knows how important new products are in making hunting and fishing trips pleasant and successful. New products are the hallmarks of the hunting and fishing industries. These products must be patented and trademarked to secure industry niche and to thwart competition from copying products and names. Jerry understands and uses these products. He has been a speaker at the Archery Trade Association and Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade annual conventions.


Jerry has prosecuted to issuance more than 1,000 patents. See a full list of those patents here.

Jerry's representative experience includes prosecuting:

Professional Affiliations

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Member

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

International Trademark Association, Member

Archery Trade Association, Member

National Shooting Sports Foundation, Member

President’s Cabinet for the Boy Scouts of America, Northern Star Council, Member

Mitchell Hamline School of Law Intellectual Property Institute, Board of Directors

LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program, Patent Counsel

United States Patent & Trademark Office Pro Bono Pilot Program in Minnesota, Patent Counsel

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Jerry contributes to IntellectualIP, Briggs and Morgan’s educational co-sponsor blog with the University of Minnesota Law School. IntellectualIP is intended to provide practical information concerning U.S. and international intellectual property law.