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Merchant & Gould P.C

Main Office: 80 South Eighth Street, 3200 IDS Center | Minneapolis | MN | 55402
Phone: 612-332-5300 | Fax: 612-332-9081











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Reviewed on May 06, 2023
Former Employee

5.Current EmployeeGreat placeIP Docketing Specialist in Minneapolis, MNRecommendProsGreat environment Not micromanagedCares about their employeesConsNot the best communicationDo not get to meet others not in your team

Former Employee


Full time

Reviewed on July 28, 2017
Current Employee

Reworking the benefits package would be of great ""benefit"" to the associates. Why the leadership team has felt it necessary to withhold 401k match is baffling to me.

This is a good place to start or grow a career. The firm has a mentoring program to help develop associates and a training program that in my opinion is second to none. The work/life balance here is also very good.

The benefits really need work. Most of the usual benefits are present, such as health insurance, but the firm doesn't match 401k contributions for some reason. There is no disability insurance and life insurance is also absent.

Current Employee



Headline: Gain Leverage in the Global Innovation Surge with Merchant & Gould P.C

Merchant & Gould P.C is a law firm that has been helping clients achieve success in the global innovation surge since 1901. The firm is one of the oldest intellectual property firms in the United States, providing legal services to clients across the nation and around the world. With over 100 attorneys, registered patent agents, and technical experts, Merchant & Gould has the experience and resources to help clients in their pursuit of protecting, enforcing, and monetizing their intellectual property.

The firm’s attorneys are experienced in the full range of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, licensing, and litigation. They are well-versed in the latest technology and trends, and are always looking for creative solutions to help clients succeed in the ever-changing global market. Merchant & Gould attorneys are also actively involved in the Bay Area innovation community, speaking at conferences and seminars, and engaging with emerging and established companies to help them gain leverage in their respective markets.

Working at Merchant & Gould P.C in the Bay Area can be an exciting opportunity for attorneys looking to make an impact in the technology and intellectual property law space. Attorneys at Merchant & Gould will have the opportunity to work with clients ranging from sole inventors to international corporations, and will be able to tap into the firm’s extensive resources to help their clients succeed. They will also have the chance to work with the firm’s highly experienced team of attorneys, registered patent agents, and technical experts, and gain valuable insights into the latest technology and trends.

Merchant & Gould attorneys will also have the opportunity to make a name for themselves in the Bay Area innovation community. Attorneys at the firm are actively involved in speaking at conferences and seminars, and engaging with emerging and established companies to help them gain leverage in their respective markets. This is a great way for attorneys to build their reputations and increase their visibility in their industry.

At Merchant & Gould, attorneys will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their clients, and help them protect, enforce, and monetize their intellectual property. Attorneys at the firm will have the chance to work with some of the most innovative minds in the Bay Area, and be part of the global innovation surge.

Practice Areas

Merchant & Gould P.C practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Merchant & Gould P.C follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

top 25% in undergraduate and law school; scientific or technical background that qualifies for the USPTO examination (required for patent prosecution practice only); superior writing skills; industry experience preferred; advanced degree preferred.

Pro bono

At Merchant & Gould we possess the skills that empower us to make a difference in the communities in which we live and serve. The need for legal representation for individuals of limited means and public interest organizations is greater than ever. The commitment to pro bono services at M&G is part of our values, principles, and of course our history. It makes us who we are and makes us better people.

Our attorneys, patent agents, technical advisors, paralegals and staff provide pro bono legal services in both the intellectual property field and in other legal areas for diverse groups such as consumers, veterans, children, arts organizations, and immigrants. Merchant & Gould sponsors scholarships through pro bono service organizations such as the Minnesota Justice Foundation, while many of our attorneys serve on boards and committees of community and legal organizations.

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Merchant & Gould P.C Awards and Recognitions Write a review

Andrew Ehard Named 2016 Client Choice Award Winner

John Gould of Merchant & Gould Given Distinguished Alumni Award by Minnesota Law Review

Merchant & Gould Congratulates Kathryn Barrett Park On Winning Second-Annual Paul A. Welter Award For Excellence in Trademark Law

Diversity Write a review

Cultivating a diverse workforce is a key part of our core values. We know from experience that recruiting, retaining, developing and promoting attorneys and staff from a variety of backgrounds contributes to the firm's overall success and, by extension, to our clients' success.

Summer associate program

The Summer Law Clerk Program has been our primary source of new associates for many years.

The program is open to second-year law students of all backgrounds and is designed to provide a stimulating and diverse educational experience for exceptional law students nationwide. Clerks are given significant projects and work closely with the assigning attorney. In many ways, these work projects are similar to those given to new associates.


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